PHOENIX – Coyotes first-round draft picks Clayton Keller and Jakob Chychrun threw ceremonial pitches before the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game at Chase Field on Tuesday night.
Despite some nerves, both players delivered accurate throws to cap their 30-minute on-the-field visit. During their stay, Keller and Chychrun hung out in the home team’s dugout and chatted with Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale, All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and other players. Keller and Chychrun also signed baseballs for fans who recognized them and posed for various photos.
|Jakob Chychrun and Clayton Keller. Photo by Arizona Diamondbacks. |
The young Coyotes are in town as part of the annual Prospect Development Camp. After throwing their pitches, Keller and Chychrun toured the Diamondbacks clubhouse and then joined their 40-plus campmates in a suite reserved just for them to watch the game against the San Diego Padres.
Keller, who is from the St. Louis area, and Chychrun, who is from Boca Raton, Fla., played baseball when they were younger. Not surprisingly, Keller’s favorite team is the St. Louis Cardinals and Chychrun’s is the Miami Marlins.
But for one night, both were big Arizona fans and proudly wore Diamondbacks jerseys with their name on the back to deliver their pitches.
“That’s something that I’ve always wanted to do, so it’s pretty cool to be able to go out on the field and do that, and it’s just a huge honor,” Keller said.
“That was very fun,” Chychrun said. “Every step we took walking out on the field made me a little more nervous, but I enjoyed it a lot. I’ve never been to Arizona so it’s great to get out and see the city and come to a game like this. I love baseball.”