USF Baseball BIO
Kevin Merrell
Player Profile:
Kevin Merrell 1896297
Position: Infield/Outfield
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 189
Year: Junior
Hometown: Odessa, Fla.
High School: Steinbrenner HS
Experience: High School

Career Stats

Major: Criminology

2017 D1Baseball Third Team All-American
2017 ABCA/Rawlings Third Team All-American 
2017 ABCA/Rawlings South All-Region First Team
2017 Perfect Game/Rawlings Third Team All-American
2017 Baseball America Second Team All-American

2017 All-American Athletic Conference First Team
2017 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List 
2017 American Athletic Conference Player of the Week (March 13)

2017 American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll (March 6)
2016 American Athletic Conference First Team

2015 NCAA Gainesville Regional All-Tournament Team
2014-15 AAC All-Academic Team

AS A JUNIOR (2017): Played in and started 52 games at shortstop…Led team and American Athletic Conference with a .384 average, ranking top-20 nationally…Became the only player in program history to lead the team in hitting three-straight seasons…Led league with 1.6 hits per game and a .464 on base percentage…Finished second with 0.92 runs per game and led USF with 48 runs scored, a .569 slugging percentage and 19 steals…Tallied 13 multi-hit games and 10 games with three hits…Currently sits eighth in program history with 56 stolen bases and the 9th-best single-season average…Walked a career-high four times in three games this season, tying a program record…Scored a career-high three runs twice, last vs. ECU on May 6, also had four hits in that game to match a career high…Drove in a personal-best five runs vs. Villanova on March 8 while hitting two homers…Set a career-best with seven home runs this season. Selected in the Competitive Balance round A of the MLB First Year Player Draft by the Oakland A's with the 33rd overall pick, third-highest in program history.  

AS A SOPHOMORE (2016): Appeared in 41 games, making 39 starts (35 at second base, four at shortstop)...Hit .320 with one home run and 22 runs batted in...Ranked eighth in The American in stolen bases (16)...Placed third in conference play in on-base percentage (.434), fourth in walks (13), and seventh in stolen bases (six)...Led the Bulls in average and on-base percentage, and third in steals...Named to The American Weekly Honor Roll (2/22)...Posted team-high 14 multi-hit games and five multi-RBI games...Hit safely in the first five games of the season...Reached base five times (three hits and two walks), tallying two runs and two RBIs in the 11-10 Opening Day win over Liberty (2/19)...Hit his first career home run and notched three RBIs against FGCU (2/23)...Compiled two hits including a triple, a run, and an RBI in the series-clinching 7-5 win over No. 25 Michigan State (3/20)...Swiped career best three stolen bases while also logging three hits, two runs, and an RBI in the 5-4 win against UCF (4/30)...Posted three hits with a run and an RBI at No. 1 Florida (5/10)...Totaled seven hits, three RBIs and three runs in the series win at No. 21 East Carolina (5/13 to 5/15)...Tallied three hits with a hit by pitch and a run against Memphis in The American Conference Tournament (5/27). 

AS A FRESHMAN (2015): NCAA Gainesville Regional All-Tournament Team…AAC All-Academic Team…Played in and started 60 games (second base and left field)…Hit .346 with seven doubles and 22 RBIs…Ranked second in the AAC in hits (83), fourth in batting average, fifth in stolen bases (21), and ninth in runs scored (45)…Led the AAC in conference play in batting average (.433), on-base percentage (.505) and stolen bases (10)…Posted team-highs in batting average, runs scored (45), hits (83), sacrifice bunts (16), on-base percentage (.403) and stolen bases (21)…Tallied team-high 30 multi-hit and four multi-RBI games…Recorded 24 game on-base streak (4/4 to 5/21)…Made collegiate debut, going 2-for-4 with a run scored in season-opening 2-1 upset of #17 Cal State Fullerton (2/13)…Set career-high with three runs scored, along with three hits in  the 12-4 win over Alabama State (2/15)…Matched career-best with another three runs scored in the 12-1 win against Wagner (2/20)…Posted career-high two RBIs against High Point (2/28)…Established career-best with two stolen bases, adding three hits in the 8-4 win over Cincinnati (3/27)…Totaled two hits and two runs scored in an 8-6 win against UConn (4/4)… Compiled three hits and three runs scored in a 10-0 win over East Carolina (4/11)…Posted career-high four hits in four at-bats, adding two runs against Houston (4/25)…In his first NCAA tournament appearance, went 2-for-5 with 2 RBIs against Memphis (5/19).

HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner for head coach John Crumbley at Steinbrenner HS…Compiled a .462 batting average and 21 stolen bases…State All-Star as a senior…Also lettered in golf and track…Lowest score in golf is 37 on nine holes…100m dash time is 10.6.

PERSONAL: Born Kevin Custer Merrell on Dec. 14, 1995 in Odessa, Fla.…Parents are Bud and Marty…Has one brother, Tripp…Brother, Tripp, played baseball at Webber International for four years…Father, Bud baseball for Florida Southern...Kevin played on the 2008 Citrus Park team that advanced to the 2008 Little League World Series. 

At Bats: 6, 3x, last at UCF (5/18/17)
Runs Scored: 3, 6x, last vs. ECU (5/6/17)
Hits: 4, 3x, last vs. ECU (5/6/17)
RBI: 5 vs. Villanova (3/8/17)
Doubles: 2 at North Florida (4/19/17)
Triples: 1, 5x, last vs. ECU (5/6/17) 
Home Runs: 2 vs. Villanova (3/8/17)
Walks: 4, 3x, last vs. UCF (4/7/17)
Stolen Bases: 3 vs. UCF (4/30/16)

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