Owls ink 4 for 2013 season

Oct. 27, 2012 @ 07:16 PM

Even though the dust has just settled on the 2012 season, the Forest City Owls baseball team has already hit the ground running for the 2013 season.

This week, Owls’ General Manager Jeremy Boler signed four players from the University of Missouri for the upcoming summer season.

They signed infielder Kendall Keeton, catcher Patrick Quintanilla, and right-hand pitchers Breckin Williams and Ryan Phillips.

Keeton is a native of Columbia, Tennessee and he will begin his first season with Missouri after transferring from Walters State Community College.

As a sophomore at WSCC, Keeton batted .373 with 44 RBIs, 9 HRs and 19 doubles. At 6-foot and 195 pounds, he can play anywhere in the infield, and he is in line to be the starting shortstop or second baseman for the Tigers this season.

A highly touted prospect out of perennial power Southlake (TX) Carroll High School, Quintanilla made an immediate impact as a true freshman. He would play in 12 games and start in three behind the plate, batting .313 and posting a .542 OBP.

At 6-foot-1 and 188 pounds, Quintanilla is noted for his strong arm and his ability to handle pitchers. He is the front runner to start at catcher this year. Originally from California, Quintanilla is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Williams was another highly recruited player out of high school, as he chose the Tigers over offers from Kansas State and Penn State.

A native of Webb City, Mo., Williams went 6-0 with a 1.84 ERA and 66 strikeouts as a senior, and although his best position is on the mound, he can play in any of the INF positions as well.

According to Boler, Williams figures to have a prominent role as a starter or closer with the Tigers this season, and is routinely clocked between 88-91 mph with his fastball.

Phillips signed with the Tigers as a pitcher, although he also has experience at shortstop.

As a senior he was named to the Missouri High School All-State Team after he went 7-3 with a 1.72 ERA as a pitcher while also hitting .394 as the team’s lead-off hitter. He finished his prep career as the schools leader in hits, wins and strikeouts.

Missouri went 33-28 in the 2011-12 season as they won the Big 12 Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Tuscon Regional.

They were unable to advance to the next round, however, as they were defeated by Louisville 10-3 in the elimination game.