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.
Kentucky baseball starting catcher Coltyn Kessler is officially in the transfer portal. Kessler led UK in average at .349 and hit seven home runs with 25 RBI. He started all 30 SEC games for the Cats and finished as a Buster Posey Catcher of the Year semifinalist.
— Derek Terry (@DerekSTerry) June 23, 2021
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.