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Peanuts Harvesting Local Talent

February 9, 2007

Albany -- The South Georgia Peanuts are starting to take form, with about a third of their roster in place.

Manager Wally Backman has brought in players from all over the country, but also one name that will be very familiar to South Georgia baseball fans.

Former Lee County and UGA stand-out Kyle Keen is joining the team.

Keen finished up his career with the Bulldogs last year, batting an injury-plagued .279, but did not make an error in the field the entire season.

The outfielder hit a team-leading .320 his junior year.

The Dogs advanced to the College World Series twice in his four seasons in Athens.

South Georgia Peanuts general manager Keith Michlig says having local players like Keen on the roster is a great help in attracting fans to the ballpark.

"It sure is nice to add some local talent," says Keen. "This is a good area for baseball. Lots of strong tradition, lots of good players in this area, and I hope Kyle is the first of a few that will don a Peanuts uniform."

The Peanuts play their first home game of the year May 18th.

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