While Arizona Diamondbacks third base prospect Matt Davidson earned Futures Game MVP honors at Citi Field Sunday, former New York Mets minor leaguer Bobby Keppel was making news half a world away. Making his first start since April 2012 following shoulder surgery, the 31-year old right-hander took the mound for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of the Japanese League Sunday in a game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at the Sapporo Dome. As you can see from this clip, Keppel's reflexes are as sound as ever.
The St. Louis-area native was selected with the 36th pick overall in the 2000 MLB First-Year Player Draft (ahead of players like Cliff Lee and Ian Kinsler) and has pitched in Japan since 2010. His claim to fame in the big leagues (after pitching for the Kansas City Royals in 2006 and the Colorado Rockies in 2007) was picking up the victory in the American League Central tiebreaker between the Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers back in 2009, won by the Twins 6-5 in 12 innings.
Moving to golf, Jordan Spieth became the first teenager to win on the PGA Tour since Ralph Guldahl in 1931. The 19-year old beat 2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson and David Hearn in a five-hole playoff at the John Deere Classic. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy all picked up their first tour wins at age 20.
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