Junior Keegan Akin isn’t a household name, but as the ace of the Western Michigan University baseball team’s pitching staff, he’s on his way to becoming one.
Currently, Akin is projected to be a top 300 pick in the upcoming Major League Baseball draft, and he’s only a junior.
“It’s always in the back of my mind a little bit,” Akin said about his projected future in the MLB draft. “Right now, my goal is to take the team to a Mid-American Conference (MAC) championship. If that happens, it’s just another additive.”
This past summer, Akin’s skills allowed him to play in the Cape Cod Baseball League, which is a huge accomplishment for any college pitcher.
“It was a good experience; I had a lot of fun out there,” Akin said. “A lot of good things come from it. Good competition, not too many games, got my innings in and found success.”
Akin proved he belonged in the CCBL, posting a 2.71 earned run average in 33.1 innings pitched. He also recorded 19 strikeouts, which ranked sixth in the entire league.
As for his career with the Broncos, Akin also found success, coming into the 2016 season with a 10-9 record and a 3.88 ERA, with 137 strikeouts. He posted a 2-2 record so far this year, and a very slim 0.96 ERA. Akin was also named MAC West player of the week once this season. If that isn’t impressive enough, Akin is currently on a 22.2 innings scoreless streak.
“It’s obviously a big accomplishment, but I don’t really pay attention to that stuff much.” Akin said. “I just focus on keeping our team in the game and giving them the chance to win.”
Being a junior this year, Akin took on the task of improving his game and has also taken on the role of being a leader as well.
“I guess that role kind of comes with being an upperclassman. Coach always preaches your better players have to be your leaders,” Akin said.
Despite the Broncos’ struggles this season, Akin continues to shine, and his career definitely won’t end at the college level. Some players have a team that they dream of playing for, but Akin will just be happy to be a professional baseball player for any organization.
“I haven’t really thought about that much,” Akin said. “I don’t really care what team it is.”