FORMER COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER NOT NAMED “TEBOW” JOINS #REDS
From the Reds:
Yesterday the Reds claimed off waivers from the Padres IF/OF Patrick Kivlehan (#67, KIV-luh-han) and transferred to the 60-day disabled list SS Zack Cozart (right knee).
Kivlehan is expected to join the team tomorrow in Cincinnati…he spent most of this season in Class AAA and in 100 apps for 3 organizations hit .254 with 18 doubles, 3 triples, 12 HR, 49 RBI and 5 stolen bases for Round Rock (Tex), Tacoma (Sea) and El Paso (SD)…from 8/20-8/26 for the Padres he made all 5 of his Major League apps (4-16, .250, 1hr, 2rbi).
Kivlehan began the season in the Rangers’ organization…on 5/23 was designated for assignment and 6 days later was traded to the Mariners…on 8/4 was claimed off waivers by the Padres…on 9/21 was designated for assignment by the Padres before he was claimed off waivers by the Reds.
Kivlehan went to Rutgers where he was a four-year member of the football team as a defensive back.
Following his fourth year on the gridiron, Kivlehan joined the Rutgers baseball team as a walk-on in 2012. In his only season on the Scarlet Knight’s baseball squad he took home Big East Player of the Year after he batted .399 with 14 home runs, .484 on-base pct., .710 slugging pct., and 24 stolen bases.
He was only the third player from Rutgers to win the prestigious award, joining Darren Fenster (2000) and a fella named Todd Frazier (2007).
Kivlehan was selected by the Mariners in the fourth round of the 2012 draft. He also spent time in the Texas and San Diego organizations. He made his Major League debut this season for the Padres and belted a home run in his very first game (see video below).
Patrick’s natural position is third base but he’ll be considered an “infielder/outfielder” with the Reds. You can follow him on Twitter at @PatrickKivlehan.