by Albert Lea Lakers , 2018-07-10T13:40:52.000-07:00July 10 2018, at 01:40 PM PDTPosition Player of the Week
Mitchell Keeran, Albert Lea
OF — Jr. — Waldorf University (IA) The bat... [more]
Keanu Van Kuren is a 5’9 170 pound OF from NCAA Division 1 Texas Southern University. He will reunite with his ex-teammate CJ Neumann, a 5’10 185 pound IF from NCAA Division 2 Wayne State College. They were teammates the past 2 years at McCook Community College in Nebraska. They hit 1-2 in the batting order and started CF and SS respectfully. CJ missed the season last year and redshirted due to a wrist injury.
Last year Keanu had a big year hitting .353 with 10 Home Runs and 22 stolen bases. He scored 55 runs and led the team in numerous offensive categories. The year before CJ hit .280, but led the team in OBP with .410 and was second on the team in runs with 48. He hit 4 Home Runs. He had a .910 Fielding Percentage and turned 21 double plays. Keanu hit .327 with 5 Home Runs and 14 stolen bases. and led the team with 71 hits. Keanu had a .971 fielding percentage.
“Keanu and CJ are both very excited about playing together again, and I am excited to have them. They are both big time all-around players. They will be field generals and leaders for us in the IF and OF. CJ is a Division 1 talent that had an unfortunate injury. I think he will show everyone that this spring and summer. He’s got a smooth lefty swing and is great at hitting gap to gap. He has a strong arm and I think he will be nice for us at one of the MIF positions. Keanu is underrated, and that’s saying something being at a Division 1 program already. I really do believe this guy will be playing professional baseball someday. He’s a 5 tool player. He may not look like one in street clothes being 5’8 170 pounds, but he is on the field. I expect both of these guys to hit in the top of the order for us and be two of the best players in the entire league if they play to their capabilities. I would like to thank Patrick Morey for his help during the recruiting process of these two young men.” – Coach Keeran
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