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Royals Select Central Grad Keaton Steele in 40th Round

Steele was named All-SEC in his first season at Missouri.

(ST. JOSEPH) An memorable first campaign in Columbia has earned Central High School graduate Keaton Steele a call to stay in Missouri.

The Kansas City Royals selected the Tigers' RHP with their final pick in the 40th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft. This marks the second time Steele has been drafted after being taken in the 29th round by Tampa Bay in 2012.

Steele was named All-SEC as a utility player last season, leading Missouri in wins (five), saves (two), and home runs (five) while batting .276 with 24 RBIs. He became the first SEC player since 1996 to earn conference Pitcher and Player of the Week honors in the same season.

The 21-year-old previously led Iowa Western to the 2012 NJCAA National Championship, earning Tournament MVP Honors.
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