Record-setting former Wheaton (Ill.) College infielder Brian Kolb joined the RailCats just before the All-Star Break in 2010.
Kolb, 22, is coming off a stellar four seasons at Wheaton. Kolb finished his four-year career ranked 13th in NCAA Division III history with 270 career hits and 17th in NCAA Division III history in batting average (.450). A California native, Kolb is Wheaton’s all-time career leader in 10 different offensive categories, including batting average, on-base percentage (.517), hits, doubles (56), runs batted in (156) and runs scored (173).
A three-time All-Region honoree and a First Team All-America pick in 2008, Kolb put up gaudy numbers all four seasons with the Thunder. His banner year was 2008, when Kolb hit a ridiculous .527 with a school-record 71 hits and set school records in doubles (19), RBI (53) and stolen bases (25-for-25) in only 36 games. Kolb hit over .400 each of the next two years and was named to the All-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin team four straight seasons, taking home Player of the Year honors in 2008.
Kolb also has wood bat experience each of the last three summers, playing with the FCA Grays of the M.I.N.K. League in 2008 and in the renowned Alaska Baseball League in 2009. Kolb had been playing this summer in the Peach State League in Macon, Ga., hitting .485 with four doubles in eight games.