2017 SEC Academic Honor Roll
MLB Draft: 18th Round in 2017 (Chicago White Sox); 29th Round in 2016 (Arizona)
Recruited as one of the hardest-throwing JUCO pitchers in the country, Kiel pitched at LSU in a limited relief role in 2017 ... flashed a fastball up to 97 mph to go along with a tight slider ... a member of the 2017 SEC Academic Honor Roll as a sport administration major ... selected in the 18th round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox and signed with the club in the summer of '17.
Appeared in 10 games out of the bullpen, recording an 18.47 ERA with nine strikeouts and 13 walks in 6.1 innings ... worked 1.1 shutout innings versus Nicholls (Feb. 28), allowing no hits with no walks and three strikeouts ... recorded two strikeouts in one inning versus New Orleans (March 15).
Prior to LSU
Recipient of the National Junior College Athletic Association Superior Academic Achievement Award ... named to the 2016 All-Panhandle Conference Academic Team ... started 10 games and made two relief appearances in 2016 at Pensacola State ... in 41 innings of work, he allowed just 28 hits while striking out 54 batters.
Full name is Hunter Wade Kiel ... parents are Lisa Kiel and Cody Jacobs (mom and stepdad), and Kevin and Gina Kiel (dad and stepmom) ... has a younger sister, Claire, and a younger brother, Joseph; also has two stepsisters, Lexi and Maggie ... on what influenced him to attend LSU – “the atmosphere, the fans, the opportunity to develop under (LSU pitching coach) Alan Dunn and the chance to win a National Championship” ... majoring in sport administration at LSU ... born July 18, 1996, in Florence, Ala.
Kiel's LSU Career Highs
Innings: 1.1 vs. Nicholls (2/28/17)
Strikeouts: 3 vs. Nicholls (2/28/17)
Hits Allowed: 3 at New Orleans (2/21/17)
Runs: 5 vs. Wichita State (3/11/17)
Earned Runs: 4 on two occasions; most recently vs. Wichita State (3/11/17)
Walks: 3 vs. Wichita State (3/11/17)