Jeff Kunkel (catcher)

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Jeff Kunkel
Jeff Kunkel 2013.jpg
Kunkel in 2013
Detroit Tigers – No. 97
Born: (1983-03-11) March 11, 1983 (age 31)
Olympia Fields, Illinois
Bats: Switch Throws: Right

Jeffrey Richard Kunkel (born March 11, 1983) is an American former professional baseball catcher. He currently serves as the bullpen catcher for the Detroit Tigers.

Kunkel attended Oak Forest High School and the University of Michigan, where he played college baseball for the Michigan Wolverines baseball team.[1] The Tigers selected Kunkel in the 37th round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft. He played in minor league baseball for the Tigers organization, when the Tigers offered him the position of bullpen catcher prior to the 2012 season.[2]

Kunkel's twin sister, Heather, played softball at the University of Missouri.[1]


  1. ^ a b Steve Tucker (November 12, 2000). "Kunkel twins make their college choices". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ Wagnerblade, John (April 15, 2012). "Kunkel now Tigers' bullpen catcher". Toledo Blade. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 

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