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Younger Steele Finding Way with Mustangs

Hayden Steele got his first Mustangs start the same day his brother, Keaton, signed a major league contract.

(ST. JOSEPH) It's been an exciting 10 days for the Steele family.

One son, Keaton was drafted by the Minnesota Twins and signed a week later, the sam day as younger brother Hayden's first start with the St. Joseph Mustangs.

"The family's kind of been hectic for a  while," Hayden said.

Two years apart, the brothers were teammates for a year at Central before the elder went on to pitch to slug his way to an eighth-round draft pick.

Hayden, meanwhile, was competiong in the Junior College World Series with Johnson County Community College, and became the first Steele to play for the Mustangs five days ago.

"I was actually just talking to (Matt) Johnson and he ended up having a spot open after the draft when a few guys left. So, I hopped on and I'm ready to get it started again."

"I just remember coming out to these games when the Saints were here, watching all those guys play and just watching baseball. As you grow up, it's kind of fun being in front of the hometown fans."

With the draft affording the younger Steele and opportunity as well, Johnson knew he had the talent.

"Steele's got great power. He's come and hit BP with us a few times," he said. "He's going to play both corner positions and we'll get him some work back and forth. I really like that he bring a little more power to the lineup."

The newcomer quickly said hello to the fanbase, driving in his first run in his first start at third base on Friday.

"He just came off a world series appearance with Johnson County. He's bringing that winning experience here, so I really think he's going to add another dimension to our team."

Steele says the transition over his first five days with the team has been smooth, but while he works on his own draft stock and decides where he'll head next, he's still bending the ear of the family's minor leaguer.

"(Keaton's) been right there with me the whole time," he said. "Anything I need, I can just shoot him a text, call him, and he's there to help me. He's kind of like a tough coach for me. He helps me out but then he wants me to figure it out on my own and try to find my own way in this game."

Steele listed Valporaiso, Central Arkansas, Georgia College, and Florida Gulf Coast as interested schools for next season.

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