Kapteyn off to great start with Mohawks

Two-way standout Braden Kapteyn is off to an excellent start for the Amsterdam Mohawks in the New York Collegiate Baseball League, recently going six shutout innings in a start, allowing only one hit and striking out 13.

A 6-foot-4, 210-pound freshman in 2009, Kapteyn has totaled a 2-1 record and a 1.80 ERA in three starts on the mound. The Lansing, Ill., native has hurled 15 innings, allowing only six hits, walking 10 and striking out 23. Kapteyn has also started nine games in the field, batting .306 (11-for-36) with four RBI and three steals. Kapteyn's best outing of the summer of the mound came June 16, when he tossed six scoreless frames, allowing only one hit, walking two and striking out 13 of the 23 batters he faced.

As a freshman in 2009 for UK, Kapteyn emerged as a two-way talent, starting 35 games in the field and batting .319 (45-for-141) with a team-high 11 doubles, adding four homers and 27 RBI. On the mound, Kapteyn functioned as UK's closer, totaling a 5-0 record and a 6.06 ERA in 23 relief appearances, tallying four saves. Kapteyn tossed 32.2 innings and walked 16, striking out 42.

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