At the beginning of spring practice, the Oklahoma Sooners had one goal. They would stop at nothing short of a trip to Omaha.
The Coppell native was one of 5 Cowboys last year to sign Division I letters of intent: Austin Elkins (Dallas Baptist), David Walsh (UT-Arlington), Jonathan Walsh (Texas) and Zak Hermans (Princeton). Needless to say the Cowboys were a talented team.
Kettler came to OU with a nice resume. He hit .411 his senior year and was ranked 74th on Baseball America’s Top 100 high school prospect list. In 2008, Kettler hit .396 with 13 doubles, four homers, 28 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. He was also impressive on the mound, going 2-0 with a 0.37 ERA and 23 strikeouts.
Although solid as a pitcher, Kettler feels his calling is playing shortstop for the Sooners.
While his college career is just starting, there’s no doubt that Kettler has what it takes to anchor OU’s infield in the near future.
It may be sooner than you think.
Written by C. James