Date of Birth: 10/06/1998
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 175 lbs
College Experience: University of Minnesota
Resides: Lakeville, MN
School Year: Sophomore
2018 SUMMER Competed for the Waterloo Bucks of the Northwoods League · finished 1-5 with a 9.25 ERA in 15 games, striking out 35 in 36.0 innings.
2018 | FRESHMAN Appeared in two games out of the Gopher bullpen · finished with a 0-0 record and a 13.50 ERA. Highlights: Struck out two in 1.0 inning against Creighton on March 11.
2017 SUMMER BASEBALL Pitched for the Waterloo Bucks of the Northwoods League • made 12 appearances on the mound, posting a 5.68 ERA, striking out 12 in 12.2 innings.
HIGH SCHOOL A 2017 graduate of Eastview High School • played four seasons and started three as a pitcher, first baseman, and outfielder for coach Tom Strey at Eastview • ranked No. 17 overall prospect and No. 3 left-handed pitcher in Minnesota by Prep Baseball Report • ranked No. 25 overall prospect in Minnesota and No. 185 nationally by Perfect Game • named a 2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game All-Central Region Honorable Mention • earned All-South Suburban Conference selections during his final two seasons with the Lightning program • received an All-State selection as a senior and back-to-back All-Section honors as a junior and a senior • named to the Star Tribune's All-Metro Team in 2017 • served as team captain during his senior campaign, named the team's Most Valuable Player and Pitcher • also played two seasons of hockey as a defenseman.
PERSONAL Born to parents Mary Kettler and Keith Kapala • has one younger brother, Tim • participated in Eastview's National Honor Society and LINC club • nominee for the Excel Leadership Award and Northstart Journalist Award • outside interests include spending time with family and friends, volunteering with children, and hiking • plans to major in psychology with a minor in neuroscience at Minnesota.