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Agent of Cedar Rapids' Keller brothers alleged to have filmed clients while showering

Former Cedar Rapids Xavier prep Mitch Keller pitching for the Bradenton Marauders. (Marty Morrow/A Plus Pro Photo)
Former Cedar Rapids Xavier prep Mitch Keller pitching for the Bradenton Marauders. (Marty Morrow/A Plus Pro Photo)

CEDAR RAPIDS — The agent of a pair of professional baseball players from Cedar Rapids has been fired by his agency and suspended by the Major League Baseball Players Association amid an ongoing investigation into allegations he covertly filmed clients while they showered at his home, it has been reported.

FanRag Sports reported Wednesday that Jason Wood of Career Sports Entertainment Agency of St. Louis has been fired by the company. Wood represented brothers Mitch and Jon Keller, graduates of Xavier High School and pitchers in the Pittsburgh Pirates and Colorado Rockies organizations, respectively.

Wood negotiated a contract with the Pirates that gave Mitch Keller a $1 million signing bonus after he was drafted in 2014 out of high school in the second round. Keller has emerged as one of the top prospects in the game.

Jon Keller was drafted by the Orioles in the 22nd round in 2013 out of the University of Tampa. He was traded this offseason from Baltimore to Colorado.

“We do not have any comment at this time,” Mitch Keller told The Gazette on Wednesday afternoon.

Wood represented numerous players, including major leaguers Andrew Benintendi and Jake Odorizzi. An unnamed player/client apparently discovered the camera and confronted the agent, FanRag Sports reported.

CSE released a statement Wednesday afternoon, announcing Wood’s dismissal.

“For over 32 years, CSE Talent has prided itself on our moral and ethical standards and have built a solid reputation within the industry,” it said. “We take pride in working with people who represent these values. It’s unfortunate that CSE Talent aligned itself with someone who didn’t uphold these same standards and therefore we chose to terminate with cause Wood’s employment.”

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