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UK Baseball’s starting catcher, Coltyn Kessler, reportedly puts name in transfer portal

Photo by Grace Bradley | UK Athletics

Photo by Grace Bradley | UK Athletics

The bad news just won’t stop for Kentucky Baseball.

After an onslaught of outgoing transfers after the 2021 season ended, head coach Nick Mingione is now losing his starting catcher. According to Derek Terry of 247 Sports, Coltyn Kessler, who led the Bat ‘Cats in batting average last season at .349 while hitting seven home runs and knocking in 25 RBI, has put his name in the transfer portal.

The 6-foot-2 senior will have one more year of eligibility as a result of COVID-19 implications, but it won’t be spent in Lexington. His impact will surely be missed, too. Kessler was named a semifinalist for the Buster Posey Award as the nation’s best catcher this past season. He appeared in 46 games for Kentucky in 2021, starting 41 of them, and was tabbed as one of the country’s top catchers prior to the start of the year.

On June 1, there had already been nine different Wildcats put their name in the portal, but Kessler doing the same might be the most impactful of them all.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

16 Comments for UK Baseball’s starting catcher, Coltyn Kessler, reportedly puts name in transfer portal



  1. millertim
    1:23 pm June 23, 2021 Permalink

    Okay, Houston we have a problem… when the best players on your team request transfer, its time for Barnhart to have a sit-down with the head coach and figure out what’s going on and why so many are abandoning the ship. If its sinking, then the captain needs to be replaced…



  2. TBW3011
    1:25 pm June 23, 2021 Permalink

    Extension time Mitch!!



  3. Nickytoonuthugger
    1:29 pm June 23, 2021 Permalink

    I really like mustard on my fries



  4. Stop Hammer Time
    2:27 pm June 23, 2021 Permalink

    Was really smart of Mitch to give the coach a raise and extension. What a dope.



  5. UKInsider
    3:21 pm June 23, 2021 Permalink

    When will everyone realize that Barnfart is an outdated moron and completely fake person?



    • StuckinLville
      3:24 pm June 23, 2021 Permalink

      When we will you realize that UK has MULTIPLE programs competing for titles now because of him?



    • UKInsider
      3:41 pm June 23, 2021 Permalink

      More like stuckinyoura$$



    • TBW3011
      3:58 pm June 23, 2021 Permalink

      He’s not fake. Very genuine. Plenty to be critical of as an AD though. I suspect we agree on that.



  6. StuckinLville
    3:23 pm June 23, 2021 Permalink

    I think it’s obvious we need another coach. The first season was his best and it’s been downhill ever since.



  7. UKgrad80
    3:30 pm June 23, 2021 Permalink

    Can we please get Dewayne Peevy back down here?



  8. secrick
    3:56 pm June 23, 2021 Permalink

    Any one that thinks Mitch hasn’t done a good at Uk knows nothing about sports. Not talking just basketball, football and baseball which is probably all they care about.



  9. krisken63
    6:15 pm June 23, 2021 Permalink

    Terrible hire. Players don’t like him, student managers don’t even like him. Can’t coach, but puts on a pretty face for the public. An extension? Should have been fired.



  10. The Professor
    6:28 pm June 23, 2021 Permalink

    Since Mitch gets bonuses everytime a sport does well, he should also get docked when he spends $400,000 per year on a contract extension the school will have to eat.



  11. shepdog3720
    7:30 pm June 23, 2021 Permalink

    Kessler is making a smart move, if he has any interest in getting to Omaha. A proven commodity who will likely garner a lot of interest. As a senior, who wouldn’t want him on their team, short of someone already having a high quality catcher? To me, this hurts the program more than all other transfers combined, but it’s a good move for him. Giving Mingione an extension was a terrible move, but Barnhart overall has done a phenomenal job as AD, in my opinion.