Coltyn Kessler - Baseball - University of Kentucky Athletics 25


  • height 6-2
  • Weight 220
  • class Senior
  • Hometown High Ridge, Mo.
  • Texas Collegiate League All-Star Game (2018)
  • Texas Collegiate League Home Run Derby (2018)
  • SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll (2018)

Appeared in 29 games for the Texarkana Twins of the Texas Collegiate League…Was named a TCL All-Star and participated in the league’s Home Run Derby…Batted .292 with 17 runs, 21 RBI, nine doubles, a triple and two home runs…Walked 19 times and stole three bases while producing an OPS of .862…Had a summer-high four RBI on 7/24…In the all-star game, went 1-for-1 with a run, a walk and a hit by pitch…Played with UK teammate Cam Hill and was coached by Nolan Fanning, brother of UK assistant coach Roland Fanning.

Appeared in 16 games as a true freshman with nine starts late in the season as the Cats’ designated hitter…Hit .147 in 34 at bats with four runs, a double, an RBI, four walks, two hit by pitch and a sacrifice fly…Made career debut on 2/17 at USC Upstate as a pinch hitter…Notched his first career hit on 4/28 vs. Missouri and started at DH the next day, scoring two runs after walking twice…Went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk in win at Tennessee on 5/5…Started nine of UK’s final 13 games as the DH.

Team captain as a senior in 2017…Earned First-Team All-State and All-Conference honors…Was named 2017 Conference Player of the Year…Named First-Team All-Conference in 2015 and 2016 as well…2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American… Perfect Game Central – All Region 2nd Team…Rated the No. 20 prospect in Missouri…Coached by Jason Schnieder. 

Full name is Coltyn Benjamin Kessler…Born in St. Louis, Mo. … Son of Brian and Brook…Has younger sister, Camryn…Father played baseball in college at Rend Lake…Mother played soccer at University of Missouri-St. Louis…Four-year member of Honor Roll…Major is Exploratory Studies in Business and Economics.

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