Acquired: Claimed off waivers from the Mariners on August 4, 2016 (SDP). Originally drafted in the fourth round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft (SEA).
Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
|CURRENT SEASON STATS: .254 with 10 homers and 45 RBIs in 92 games between Tacoma (Triple-A), Round Rock (Triple-A) and El Paso (Triple-A).|
Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from El Paso August 20 along with P Keith Hessler when INF Nick Noonan and LHP Ryan Buchter were sent down.
MLB Debut Date: 8/20/2016
|August 20, in a 2-1 loss to the Diamondbacks. The starting left fielder, he batted seventh and went 2-for-4 with a homer and also made an error. In his first big-league at-bat, facing Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray, he struck out looking in the third inning. In the fifth, he launched a one-out solo homer off Ray to left field, accounting for the lone hit off of Ray in his nearly perfect seven innings of work. Kivlehan He led off the eighth inning with a single to right off of reliever Jake Barrett but was left stranded. He made a fielding error in the top of the ninth with two outs but it did not lead to any runs.|
|That “acquired” note may sound really simple, but in reality Kivlehan may boast the single most confuzzling acquisition transaction record we’ve seen yet this year (the “current season stat” line may give you an indication), so try to follow along here: Originally drafted by the Mariners in 2012, he was dealt to the Rangers on December 2, 2015, as the player to be named later in a November 16 multi-player deal that had sent outfielder Leonys Martin and right-hander Anthony Bass to the Mariners for Kivlehan, right-hander Tom Wilhelmsen and outfielder James Jones. However, on May 23, 2016, the Rangers designated Kivlehan for assignment and he was claimed by the Mariners and dealt back to them for another player to be named later (who has yet to be named, as far as I can tell). On August 1, the Mariners then designated Kivlehan for assignment and he was claimed by the Padres on August 4. Got that? There will be a test on this later (though probably only Kivlehan would pass it). Kivlehan came out of Rutgers as the reigning Big East Player of the Year in 2012 and the first player in that league’s history to win a Triple Crown, hitting .402 with 10 homers and 36 RBIs. He followed that hot streak up by earning Northwest League MVP honors at Everett (Short-Season A) in his pro debut, hitting .301 with 12 homers, 17 doubles and 52 RBIs that summer for a .511 SLG. He also reached or topped the 20-homer mark in 2014, when he combined for 20 homers and 103 RBIs between High Desert (High A) and Jackson (Double-A) and 2015 when he blasted 22 homers and had 73 RBIs while hitting .313 at Tacoma.|