The Swift Current Indians are pleased to announce three Indiana State University Sycamores will be joining the Tribe this summer. Indiana State is a Division 1 program that competes in the Missouri Valley Conference and currently holds a 26-12 record. Catcher Taylor Steen will be returning for his second season and will be joined by newcomers Manny Estevez and Hunter Owen.
Taylor Steen came to Swift Current as a true freshman last season and become the Tribe’s primary catcher. The left handed hitting catcher batted .246 in the regular season and really turned it on in the playoffs where he hit .409. Steen did an outstanding job last season behind the plate showing great maturity in handling a pitching staff that finished first or second in the WMBL in nearly every major pitching category. The Tribe will once again look for Steen to handle a talented pitching staff and are excited to see him start right where he left off during the playoffs with his bat.
“We are extremely thrilled to have Taylor back. He did an exceptional job with our pitching staff last year. Offensively he kept getting better and better as the season went on and that’s what you look for in a young hitter making the transition to wood for the first time. Taylor showed last year he has all the tools and with another year of maturing physically and his work ethic in the weight room he has put himself in a position to have a great season for us.” – Joe Carnahan
Hunter Owen is a 6’0, 185lb athletic infielder whom is competing for the Sycamores this spring as a red-shirt freshman. Owen had a stellar career at Mater Dei High School in Evansville, Indiana. He was a two time all-conference selection while batting over .400 in each of his three years of competition. He also earned honorable mention all-state honors in football. Owen can play anywhere in the infield and is a high energy player. He will be looking to make a major contribution for the Tribe this season.
“Hunter is a very athletic and strong player. He has sure hands, good quickness and squares balls up at the plate. He plays the game very hard and will be an exciting player this season.” – Joe Carnahan
Manny Estevez is a 6’0, 210lb junior from Los Angeles, California. Estevez can play both corner infield and outfield positions and has the ability to make an impact with his power and base running ability. Prior to transferring to Indiana State Estevez competed for two seasons at East Los Angeles Community College. During his time there he was named co-MVP after finishing the season batting .404 and leading the league in both homeruns and RBIs, he also finishing second in stolen bases.
“Manny has a lot of pop and we will look for him to be a major run producer for us this summer. He is an exceptional athlete, works hard, has good leadership skills and has had success where ever he has gone.” – Joe Carnahan
The Swift Current Indians are excited to have Taylor back for another season and have Hunter and Manny make their home in Swift Current for the summer. Go Tribe!