Scouting Kunkel: Made the team as a walk-on in the fall for the second year in a row...possesses solid defensive skills, including a strong throwing arm...will provide valuable depth at the catching position.
2007: Appeared in one game, batting once against St. Joseph's (3/4)...scored a run in the ninth inning to fuel a late rally against the Lansing Lugnuts in the Crosstown Showdown (4/3).
2006: Played in three games...picked up one at-bat and three putouts vs. Toledo (4/26)...also saw action against Lehigh (3/6) and Grand Valley State (4/26).
2005: Attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College, lettering in baseball.
High School: Earned three letters at Gull Lake High School...garnered second-team all-conference honors in 2003 and first team honors in 2004...also was selected to the all-district team in 2004...led his team to the state semifinals and an overall state ranking of fifth his senior year...served as captain his junior and senior seasons...holds Gull Lake's all-time school record for most putouts.
Personal: Born June 18, 1986...son of Steve and Terri Kunkel...packaging major...enjoys fishing, golf and playing basketball...lists his father as his biggest baseball influence...favorite team is the St. Louis Cardinals...favorite player is Albert Pujols.
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