BOCA RATON, FLA – Florida Atlantic freshman phenom Stephen Kerr is taking the college baseball game by storm. In 17 games, he’s hitting .393, which is among the top five in the C-USA.
“He had only four strikeouts in the fall,” Florida Atlantic closer and captain Kevin Alexander said about Kerr. “He’s a really tough batter.”
Interestingly enough, Kerr has only been punched out six times thus far in the season, making him already an advance hitter and a very tough out.
“It’s a lot on pitch selection,” said Kerr. “My dad preaches to me that, ‘if you get a good pitch to hit and hit it, you’ll be fine.’ When I tend to strike out, it tends to be on curveballs in the dirt. I try not to swing at curveballs early in the count because I don’t hit them very well. So I try to get a good fastball to hit and I try to hit when I can.”
Kerr was the team captain while in high school but his time on the South Florida Elite Squad with fellow FAU freshman infielder CJ Chatham during the summer really bridged the gap between high school and college baseball.
“We always versed great pitching,” Said Kerr, who also won two national titles with the South Florida Elite Squad. “Day in and day out, there was always a great division 1 pitcher.”
Then Kerr came into a college program like FAU, who has put together a conference dynasty in the Sun Belt before leaving for the C-USA and face their pitching during the fall.
“It helped a lot that we have such good pitching,” Chatham said. “In the fall, all we do is intersquad and the pitching was really good. We have a top pitching coach [Jason Jackson], who knows how to pitch, and he knows our weaknesses and he would try to get us out. He would let you struggle until you figured it out.”
So it should be no surprise to see the former All-Broward prep star start his freshman season on a tear against the likes of Notre Dame, Miami, St John’s and Boston College. At this pace, Kerr and the Owls should be able to start a new dynasty in their new conference.
“I do think we’re a team with something to prove,” Alexander said, “and I do think we have a target on our back because of the seasons we’ve had. I think it’s a more challenging conference with Rice and East Carolina.”
Miami Marlins scouts should make the trip to Florida Atlantic University to take a look at Kerr, because he's on the track to becoming the ideal leadoff infielder in the Major Leagues.