Tanner Holen - Baseball - University of Kentucky Athletics 8


  • height 6-0
  • Weight 190
  • class Senior
  • Hometown Manhattan, Kan.
  • Previous School Iowa Western CC

Transfer from powerhouse junior college program…Catcher who can handle the bat…Can flash some power or bunt and situational hit…Strong catch and throw defender…Terrific kid who is a hard worker…Has been through significantly more adversity than most players his age, having nearly died due to an internal infection in 2016 that caused both lungs to collapse and kept him hospitalized for more than a month.

Played for the Junction City Brigade in the Mid-Plains League, which is comprised of Kansas and Missouri…The Brigade won the league’s championship series – the Cowdin Cup – two games to one….Hit .301 in 73 at bats with 24 RBI and a .943 OPS…Had four doubles, a triple and four home runs.

Played the 2017 and 2018 seasons at JUCO power Iowa Western, which played in the 2018 JUCO World Series…As a sophomore hit .389 in 40 games with 20 runs, 20 RBI, 13 doubles, one triple and one home run with four SAC flies and six HBP…Played in 27 games as a freshman, hitting .281 in 32 at bats…Coach by Marc Rardin…2018 Honor Roll member.

Hometown is Manhattan, Kan. … Son of Doug and Janelle…Has an older brother, Tyler…Played for coach Don Hess at Manhattan (KS) High School…Favorite MLB team is the Kansas City Royals…Favorite player is catcher Jonathan Lucroy…Picked UK because “it’s a great program and coaching staff.” … Favorite baseball movie is Moneyball.

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