Kade Kern


Player profile

  • Year Junior
  • Height 6-0
  • Weight 200
  • B/T R/R
  • Hometown Archbold, Ohio
  • Last School Archbold

Career Honors 

  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2022) 
  • OSU Scholar-Athlete (2021, 2022) 
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2022) 
  • Named Second Team All-Big Ten and Big Ten All-Freshman Team (2021) 
  • Named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball (2021) 
  • Named Third Team All-Big Ten (2022) 

2022 (Sophomore) 

  • In his second season as the team’s starting center fielder, Kern started 46 of 49 games and settled into the cleanup spot in the back half of the schedule.  
  • Kern caught fire midway through the spring to become one of the Big Ten’s top hitters in the conference season, batting .298 on his way to a second All-B1G selection.  
  • His 9 home runs, 49 RBI, 15 doubles, 11 stolen bases, and .529 slugging percentage were all good for second on the team.  
  • Drove in five runs and collected four hits in the season-opening weekend series in Port Charlotte, FL.  
  • Had a seven-game hit streak from March 20 against UNCW through the Nebraska series on April 3 that included five multi-hit games.  
  • In the game against Purdue on March 25, Kern launched his first two home runs of the season and drove in four runs. 
  • Had multiple hits in all three games in the home series against MSU, hitting a home run and tallying four RBI in game one of the April 9 twin bill.  
  • In the series opener at Maryland on April 15, Kern had three hits with a double and two RBI.  
  • During the three-game Northwestern series and the following game against Campbell, Kern collected two hits in each contest, had two home runs, and drove in seven. 
  • In the final two games of the Penn State series win, Kern had five base knocks that included three doubles.  
  • Kern homered and drove in two runs in the season-ending win over USC Upstate on May 20.  
  • Hit in 28 of the team’s final 34 games, with three three-hit games and 15 two-hit games.  

2021 (Freshman)

  • Led the team in hits with 52, an on-base percentage of .391, and a 9-11 stolen base clip on the year
  • Started in all 42 of his appearances during his freshman season, batting .325 with 2 home runs while manning center field for the team, climbing to the third spot in the order down the stretch of the season
  • Had an immediate impact on his Buckeye squad, going 5-6 and falling a homer away from the cycle in the 13-inning season-opening win over Illinois on March 5
  • Had a team-high 14 multi-hit games in 2021… this included 5 consecutive multi-hit games and 7 out of 8 games with multiple hits as part of his season-high 8 game hitting streak from the April 17 game at Maryland until finally being broken on May 11 at Purdue
  • Collected 3 or more hits 5 different times in the season
  • Drove in a season-high 4 runs as part of a 2-3 effort in the 8-2 win over Iowa on March 26
  • Went 3-5 with a double and two runs scored in the 7-4 win over Michigan on April 9

Prior to Ohio State

  • Kade is the son of Keith and Kim Kern
  • Played for Dick Selgo at Archbold High School
  • Played for Ohio Elite in the summer of 2020
  • 2020 Ohio Baseball Gatorade Player of the Year
  • Two-time PBR First Team All-Ohio
  • 2019 Division III Position Player of the Year
  • 2019 Rawlings Perfect Game All-American
  • Two-time First Team All-NWOAL and OHSCA Second Team All-Ohio
  • Hit .406 with 22 doubles, five triples, 81 RBI and 77 runs scored in three high school seasons