Payton Kee, Class of 2025

First Basemen, Pitcher

I have been playing softball since I was old enough to grip a ball. Along with six other current teammates, we started the first ever Arlington Heights Thunder team in 2017. 

We all had opportunities to jump to more established programs to win faster, but instead chose to work hard to close the gap with more experienced teams and win together. This season we are playing an A/B schedule at 16u and are looking forward to seeing our commitment to each other pay off.

I am looking for a school with a strong mechanical or aerospace engineering program. I have always been interested in understanding how things work and think that's what I want to do in my career. I’d love to play for a coach who values education and will push me to be my best both in the classroom and on the field.

I have pitched my entire career and play a very strong first base. Offensively, I am a power hitter but understand what's needed from me for each at-bat, so if a single is needed to score the runner, I won't swing for the fences.

In addition to the Thunder Black 16u team, I am also a part of the Thunder Premier 16u college showcase team, and will spend my summer season playing in high-level NAFA, Triple Crown/Primetime, and PGF tournaments. Here is the link to the Premier team schedule.

Finally, here are a few links that you might find helpful to learn more about me. Thank you very much!
Player Information
Player NamePayton Kee
Player Number77
Player Age16
Player BirthdayApril 27, 2007
Player Height5' 9"
Player Weight155
Batting / Throwing Strong HandBats Right, Throws Right
Primary PositionsRHP, 1B
Player Email
Parent's Names (First and Last)Jon and Tessa Kee
FieldLevel Profile
SportsRecruits Profile
Academic Information
High SchoolJohn Hersey High School (Arlington Heights, IL)
What Year Will You Graduate High School?2025
Grade Point Average (GPA)4.19
Areas of Academic Interest, Potential Major(s)Electrical, Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering
Recent Activities/AchievementsThe American Legion School Award, Honor Roll, JV2 Basketball, JV1 Softball, Orchestra
Softball AchievementsPlayed JV1 as Freshman; Played 16u during 14u travel season; USSSA All-Star Recipient at 16u Level
Travel Softball ExperienceThunder Fastpitch 2017 - 23

Player Attributes
10 Yard Dash Time (seconds) and Date Recorded1.64 Sec, 2/22/23
10 Yard Dash Time (MPH) and Date Recorded14.89 MPH, 2/22/23
20 Yard Dash Time (seconds) and Date Recorded2.99 Sec, 2/22/23
10 Meter Fly (MPH) and Date Recorded16.97 MPH, 2/22/23
Shuttle5.362 Sec, 12/22/22
Bat Speed68.3 MPH, 12/22/22
Hand Speed22.1 MPH, 12/22/22
Time to Impact.16 Sec, 12/22/22
Exit Velocity (Batting) and Date Recorded73 MPH, 12/22/22
Grip Right Hand83.2, 2/25/23
Grip Left Hand88.2, 2/25/23
Overhand Throwing Velocity57 MPH, 2/25/23
Broad Jump68, 12/22/22
Pitches and Velocity (Pitcher's Only) and Date RecordedFastball @ 56 MPH
Change-up @ 46 MPH
Drop Ball @ 50 MPH
Drop Curve @ 52 MPH 2/25/23