Oak Ridge native, Red Sox prospect injured in car accident

LELAND, Fla (WATE) – A Red Sox pitching prospect and Oak Ridge High School graduate was injured in a car crash.

The Minor League Baseball organization confirmed that Kevin Steen was involved in a serious car accident outside Fort Myers, Florida late Wednesday night. They said the extent of his injuries is not known at this time.

“Kevin is a beloved member of our Lowell Spinners family and we would like to wish him a safe and speedy recovery,” said Spinners General Manager Shawn Smith. “Not only is he a fan-favorite here at LeLacheur Park, he has also over the past two seasons grown close to the members of our front office staff and our families. We ask that everyone please keep Kevin and his family in their thoughts and prayers.”

Steen was listed as the team’s No. 27 prospect by MLB.com at the start of the season. He was drafted in the ninth round of the 2014 amateur draft from Oak Ridge High School and compiled a 5.51 ERA last season pitching for the Lowell Spinners.

He may be mainly known as a baseball player, but Steen also played four years of basketball at Oak Ridge High School. His former basketball coach Aaron Green says he is not only one heck of an athlete but also an amazing person who the entire Oak Ridge community is praying for.

“I know it wont be an easy road, but he will rebound from this,” said Green.

Green found out about the crash from a friend and quickly called Steen’s mother.

“She was en route to Florida and she was very upbeat and said she talked to him on the phone, so I knew that was a good sign,” he said.

Green described Steen as a hard worker, good person and legend of the Oak Ridge basketball program, making the game winning free throw at the semi-finals.

“…Ultimately sending us the to state championship game which was the first time for the Oak Ridge basketball program in 51 years,” said Green.

The talent continued on the baseball field.

“The sky’s the limit. He’s got a lot of talent. He’s got  alive arm. He throws it really hard,” said Green. “We are just thankful that he is in the hospital recovering.”

 

 

 

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