Rangers acquire OF/INF Patrick Kivlehan from Mariners
The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has acquired outfielder/infielder Patrick Kivlehan (pronounced KIV-luh-hann) from the Seattle Mariners as the player to be named later in the clubs' November 16 trade. The acquisition of Kivlehan completes the trade in which the Rangers also acquired right-handed pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen and outfielder James Jones in exchange for outfielder Leonys Martin and right-handed pitcher Anthony Bass.
Kivlehan, who turns 26 on December 22, batted .256 (121-472) with 25 doubles, 22 home runs, and 73 RBI over 123 games with Triple-A Tacoma last season. He ranked T7th in the Pacific Coast League in home runs in 2015 and his 266 RBI over the last three seasons are 7th-most among all minor league players. Kivlehan appeared at 5 different positions for Tacoma last season, including first base, third base, and all three outfield spots.
The right-handed batter and thrower joined Escogido in the Dominican Winter League on November 23 and has batted .310 (9-29) with a home run and 2 RBI through his first 7 games with the club. He was originally selected by the Mariners in the fourth round of the 2012 June draft out of Rutgers University. He played four seasons of football at Rutgers before joining the baseball team during his senior year and recording the first Triple Crown in Big East Conference history.
After the addition of Kivlehan, the Rangers now have 39 players on the team's major league roster.