Top 10 Profiles of 2022: No. 2 Gavin Kilen

By: Isaiah Glidden
Area Scout, Staff Writer

Today we will continue our ‘End of the Year’ countdown, highlighting the most viewed player profiles in Wisconsin from this year. We’ll be working our way to the top spot, starting with No. 10 andreleasing the most viewed name on New Year’s Eve. 

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At the second spot in our ‘Most Viewed Profiles’ list is MIF Gavin Kilen (Milton, 2022; Louisville) who has been a staple at the top of our class of 2022 rankings board since its inception back in 2019 and throughout the course of his senior year, he proved to be not only a premier infield prospect in the state, but in the entire country. 

Starting in the winter of 2022, Kilen earned an invite to our most prestigious event of the year, the Super 60, where he joined some of the country's top talent to workout in front of a number of pro-scouts. There Kilen’s talents caught the attention of a number of evaluators, including our Vice President of Scouting, Shooter Hunt. Here is what he had to say regarding Kilen’s performance there… 

“Kilen, a Louisville recruit, more than solidified himself as one of the premier shortstops in the class, and reassured all that the Wisconsin shortstop pipeline is still alive and well. A consummate in-game performer, this was my first look at Kilen in a workout setting, and he did not disappoint. Athletic with some lean, compact strength on a 5-foot-11, 180-pound frame, the left-handed hitter posted a 6.71 60-yard dash time to start the day before posting exit velocities up to 100.2 mph (93.2 avg.) including a 379 ft. max distance during a second round that provided a glimpse at what could be much more power on the way in coming years. The left-handed hitter looked even more fluid throughout the load, and seemed to move easier through impact, as his quick hands and strong wrists provided firm contact to the middle of the field with minimal effort. Equally as impressive in the defensive portion, the ball found the perfect spot on the glove with each ground ball no matter the hop, and the glove-to-hand ability showed as the best at the event with accurate throws from all angles. Much more than his straight away speed (and much more important), Kilen’s first step on the infield is both quick and crisp, and the side to side agility allows him to look even quicker on the infield. Already highly regarded in the class, Kilen’s strong performance left me an even bigger believer.”

After this impressive performance at the Super 60, Kilen’s eyes were set on his final high school season for Milton. During his senior season, Kilen was looked to on his Milton squad all year long by his teammates, something that wasn’t new for the state’s top-ranked prospect in the 2022 class. Despite Milton going through some ups-and-downs during the spring, Kilen was one of the most consistent performers on the team and he finished the season with a batting average of .452, which included 14 extra-base hits, and an OPS of 1.261, which earned him PBR Wisconsin All-State: Second Team honors. The real fun for Kilen and his Red Hawks squad came during the playoffs as they made a historic run to capture their first-ever D1 state title.

After putting the finishing touches on his illustrious prep career, Kilen was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 13th round of the MLB Draft, but he ultimately made the decision to honor his college commitment and attend Louisville. Now in the middle of his freshman year, Kilen certainly has the talents to contribute right away as a freshman and when he becomes draft eligible, it wouldn’t be surprising to hear his name called yet again in future MLB Drafts.

Gavin Kilen

Class of 2022 / SS

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2022
  • Primary Position: SS
    Secondary Position: 2B
  • High School: Milton
    State: WI
  • Summer Team: Hitters
  • Height: 5-11
    Weight: 180lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/R