Friday, June 8, 2012

2012 Recruit: RHP/1B Keaton Steele

Keaton Steel, RPH/1B
6'3", 225 lb, R/R
Iowa Western Community College/ Central HS, St. Joseph, MO

Keaton Steele, formerly of Central HS in St Joesph, committed this week to the Tiger baseball team. Steele is a tall 1st baseman and closer with an excellent bat. (

2012 Pitching: 0-0, 1 Sv, 8.38 ERA, 9.2 IP, 14 K, 3 BB, 9 R, 9 ER, 13 H

2012 Offense: .438 BA, 110 AB, 40 R, 48 H, 12 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 30 RBI, 2/2 SB, 7 HMB, .476 OBP,

High School Honors:

  • 2010 1st team All-Conference pitcher
  • 2010 2nd team All-Conference shortstop
  • 2010 All-City, All-St. Joseph News Press
  • 2009 All-Suburban Big Six Honorable Mention
  • 2009 All-City, All-St. Joseph News Press
  • Central Baseball Hall of Fame.

♦ YouTube:

Q&A With Rays 29th Round Pick Keaton Steele ( - subscription only)

29th Rounder Keaton Steele Talented All-Around (
The Rays love versatility. You don’t get more versatile than Keaton Steele.

In the 29th round, the Rays selected Keaton Steele, 6’3″ and 225 pounds out of Iowa Western Community College. Notice that I didn’t list a position. Steale saw time all over the place at Iowa Western CC, seeing time at third base, first base, the outfield, and on the mound for the Reivers. The Rays chose to designate him as a right-handed pitcher. Wherever he actually ends up is anybody’s guess.

In the National Junior College Championship game, it was the Keaton Steele show. Steele hit a go-ahead 2-run homer, later gave the Reivers another lead with a sac fly, and then he moved to the mound to close out the game as the Reivers were national junior college champions. That was a glimpse of Steele’s various talents. (Lots more information at the LINK)
Revier baseball wins 2012 National Championship (
With a 6-5 win over San Jacinto College, the Iowa Western Reivers Baseball team wins the 2012 JUCO World Series, and are the NJCAA National Champions!

It is the 2nd National Championship for the Reiver Baseball Program in the last 3 seasons. The team also defeated San Jac in the National Championship game in 2010.

The Reivers win was their 62nd win of the season, a single season school record.

Iowa Western remains the only Narthern District Team to ever win a National Championship.

Keaton Steele was named Tournament MVP for he .389 average,4 RBI, 1 HR, and 2 saves on the mound, including the series clinching win.

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