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Keaton Steele
Keaton Steele

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
St. Joseph, Mo.

High School:
Central

Last College:
Iowa Western CC

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 211

Position:
RHP/INF

B/T:
R/R


2014
• Appeared in 25 games, starting three for a record of 0-8 with a 3.07 ERA and nine saves.
• Pitched 67.1 innings and struck out 56 batters, ranked second on the team.
• Ranked fourth in the SEC in saves (nine), 13th in runs allowed (27), ninth in walks allowed (18) and first in home runs allowed (zero).
• With the bases empty, hitters hit 30-for-139 (.216) on the season.
• Induced the most double plays (10) on the team.
• Led the team with a 3.1 strikeout to walk ratio.
• Struck out 7.49 batters per nine innings, ranked third on the team.
• Named the SEC Co-Pitcher of the week on March 31st after picking up a pair of saves against Auburn.
• Threw two complete games against Vanderbilt on May 4th and South Carolina on May 11th.
• Steele had 33 at-bats for the Tigers in 2014.
• Generated .36s SLG% and a .286 OBP with four doubles.

2013
• Named first team All-SEC at the DH/UTIL spot, becoming the first Tiger since 2010 to earn first team All-Conference honors.
• Was arguably the top two-way player in the SEC as he hit .276 with five homers, four doubles, 24 RBI and 22 runs scores in 127 at-bats while compiling a 2.83 ERA with a 5-3 record in 63.2 innings pitched.
• Became the first player in since 1996 to be named SEC Pitcher of the Week and SEC Player of the Week in the same season.
• Earned SEC Pitcher of the Week after following his dominating week that included six innings of shutout baseball against No. 5 South Carolina in the Tigers' first ever SEC win. In all, Steele went 1-0 last week while tossing 8.0 shutout innings, striking out 11 and walking just one. He scattered just five hits as he allowed only seven base runners on the week.
• Earned SEC Player of the Week after his performance in a weekend series at Georgia. In the Sunday finale, Steele took over on the mound with Mizzou trailing 4-0 and allowed just one earned run over the final 7.1 innings, striking out nine in that span while allowing just four hits (and four total base runners). Steele retired the final 15 batters he faced in that game as he was perfect over the final five innings, allowing the Tigers to come back from down 5-0 to win the game, 8-5. He earned his third win in the relief outing as he went a career-best 7.1 innings, while the nine strikeouts in the outing were also a career-best and the only run he allowed in the contest was a sacrifice fly. During his final 5.0 perfect innings, Steele struck out six and allowed just two balls to be hit out of the infield.
• Led Mizzou in wins (five) and homers (five) and was the only team in a major power conference to accomplish that feat.
• In SEC play, he led the Tigers in batting (.306), homers (five) wins (four) and was second in strikeouts with 45 in 48.0 innings, also second-best on the team in SEC play while earning a team-best two saves in league play.
• Hit the go-ahead homer in the bottom of the eighth against Kentucky (5/17) and then earned the save in the ninth in the Tigers' SEC Tournament-clinching, 4-3 win. • Tossed 7.0 innings of shutout baseball in relief of Rob Zastryzny in the SEC Tournament opener against Mississippi State (5/21) in a 2-1, 17-inning loss.
• Was the only player in the nation to lead their team in homers, saves and wins.
• All five of his homers came in SEC play and his first, a two-run shot on Friday night at Georgia, was a game-winner.
• Homered in game two of the Florida series (4/20) in the 15-inning game, going 2-for-6 with a homer and RBI in the contest.
• Earned the win in game one of the Auburn doubleheader (4/28), tossing 7.0 innings and allowing just six hits and then homered in game two of the doubleheader. Homered in the first game of that series as well.

Junior College
• Hit .430 with four home runs and 34 RBI while guiding Iowa Western Community College to a school-record 62 wins and 2012 National Championship, playing third base, first base, and outfield while pitching in the bullpen as well.
• Named Most Valuable Player of the NJCAA National Tournament after hitting .389 with four RBI, one homer and two saves, including the championship game. He also had a go-ahead two-run homer in the title game to go along with the save.
• Led Iowa Western to a 62-6 overall record in 2012.
• Drafted in the 29th round of the MLB First Year Player Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays.

High School
• All-Conference selection in both his junior and senior seasons at both shortstop and pitcher.
• All-News Press first team honoree in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons as well.
• Named to the Central High School Baseball Hall of Fame.

Personal
• Born on Oct. 30, 1991, to parents David Steele and Michelle Linebach in St. Joseph, Mo.
• Plans to major in sociology while at Mizzou and has dreams of playing major league baseball.
• Enjoys fishing and playing basketball in his spare time.

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