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Kyle Kasser

School

Oregon

Position
Second Base
Major
Economics

Classroom

Kyle Kasser is an accomplished student who will graduate in less than four years. The three-year member and past co-director of the Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) has a 3.17 GPA in economics and will finish his degree in three years plus two terms. He claimed second-team Pac-12 All-Academic accolades as a sophomore in 2016 and honorable mention recognition as a junior in 2017.

Character

Kasser is a team leader who is well-respected by his teammates and the coaching staff. He started his career as a non-scholarship athlete who eventually earned a scholarship and then became an all-conference honoree. He’s selfless on and off the field, coachable, competitive and tough-minded. He’s a team-first guy as is evident by being asked to play every position in the infield during his four-year career. He’s a team captain, a SAAC representative for two years and a hardworking, self-made player.

Community

Kasser is the go-to guy on the Oregon Ducks’ baseball team when it comes to being involved in the community. In addition to being a co-director of SAAC, he is the point man for Oregon baseball’s involvement with Team Impact in pairing the team with James Dahl, a 15-year-old living with Rasmussen’s Encephalitis. Kasser’s willingness to do community service outreach projects included team Thanksgiving baskets for families in need as part of SAAC. He wants to make a difference and leave a legacy at Oregon and has guided more young players to being a part of the SAAC program resulting in the most baseball players being involved since the sport originated in 2009.

Competition

Kasser had a .311 career batting average heading into his senior season. As a junior he batted a modern-era program record .352 and was named to the All-Pac-12 Conference Team after hitting .381 in league games (third-highest in the conference). The versatile infielder goes into his final season as the starting second baseman after starting 95 career games his first three seasons. He has 50 starts at first base, 29 at shortstop, 13 at third base and two at second base. At the four infield positions his career fielding percentage is .988, including .994 as a junior while splitting time between shortstop and first base.