|Hometown:||Orland Park, Ill.|
|High School:||Carl Sandburg|
Coach Farley on Kaffel: "Steve missed the first half of fall ball, rehabbing from off-season knee and shoulder surgery. He has an excellent swing, and we think he could be an exciting power hitter from the left side of the plate. Steve will be in the hunt this spring for at bats from the DH spot and will compete at first base in the future." High School: Four-year letterwinner as a catcher and first baseman at Carl Sandburg High School...earned all-conference honors in 2007 and 2008, as well as all-area honorable mention...team captain...batted .367 with seven home runs and 68 RBI as a junior...led team to a 30-8 record in 2007...head coaches: Doug Sutor and Greg Billo...also helped his summer league team to a 30-1 record and the state championship in 2007...hit .607 with four home runs...led the team in slugging percentage, on base percentage and walks...lettered three seasons as a forward on the basketball team...team captain...also a member of the chess team...National Honor Society member...Personal: Born Sept. 20, 1989...son of Larry and Francine Kaffel...education major.