Kevin was a 31st-round pick by the Rays in 2010 (the 941st player picked overall), the fourth-lowest pick in club history to make it to the big leagues with the Rays…the only lower picks were Joey Gathright, 32nd round in 2001; Chad Gaudin, 39th round in 2001; and Travis Phelps, 89th round in 1996... He enjoys spearfishing carp, gar and dogfish at night on his grandfather's lake in Indiana…the fish are endangering the lake's ecosystem.
Rookie appeared in 108 games, including 89 starts (47-RF, 32-CF)...led the team with 8 triples, while his .450 SLG and .765 OPS led Rays players with at least 100 games played...opened the season with Triple-A Durham and saw two brief call-ups (April 11-12 and May 17-21) before being recalled to stay May 28...Named one of three final ists for the Rawlings AL Gold Glove Award for right field...LAA Kole Calhoun and winner BAL Nick Markakis were the other finalists...was one of three rookies chosen as a Gold Glove finalist, along with CIN Billy Hamilton and BOS Jackie Bradley Jr...Named the Rays winner of the Heart and Hustle Award by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association...the award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game...joined Brendan Harris (2007) as the only Rays rookies to be nominated...Selected to Baseball America's postseason All-Rookie Team, alongside outfielders HOU George Springer and CIN Billy Hamilton...His 8 triples led AL rookies and were the most by a Rays rookie since Akinori Iwamura had a club-rookie-record 10 in 2007...the last Ray with that many was Carl Crawford (13) in 2010...Only one other Rays rookie has achieved his combination of triples (8) and home runs (10): Rocco Baldelli (11-HR, 8-3B) in 2003...the only other AL rookie to do this since 2000 was LAA Mike Trout (30-HR, 8-3B) in 2012...His 10 HR for the Rays were his most of any stop in his pro career...7 of the 10 came in his first 36 games, spanning 113 AB...hit a combined 13 HR in 474 AB between the Rays and Durham, exceeding his minor league career total entering the season (12 HR in 1,320 AB)...His .450 SLG ranked 3rd among AL rookies (min. 100 games), trailing CWS Jose Abreu (.581) and MIN Danny Santana (.472)...it ranked 4th all-time among Rays rookies, and was the best since Evan Longoria (.531) in 2008...For the first two months after his final call-up (May 28-July 28), paced the Rays with a .315 avg., .370 OBP, .548 SLG, 7 HR, 4 3B and 21 extra-base hits...from May 28 through season's end, his 9 HR ranked 2nd on the team to Evan Longoria (17)...Batted .280/.342/.498 (72-for-257) with 9 HR vs. RHP, compared to only .203/.213/.284 (15-for-74) with 1 HR vs. LHP...only 13 of his 89 starts came vs. lefties...Collected his first major league hit May 17 at LAA, an infield single off C.J. Wilson...the next day hit his first career homer, a 2-run, opposite-field shot in the 7th off Mike Morin...earlier in that game made a leaping catch against the right-center field wall to rob Erick Aybar of extra bases and earn the top Web Gem on ESPN's Baseball Tonight...Hit an inside-the-park home run May 31 at BOS, the first player to do so within his first 10 major league games since CWS Joe Borchard in 2002...became the first visiting player to hit an inside-the-park home run at Fenway Park since BAL David Newhan on July 21, 2004...became the first Rays rookie to homer in his first career game at Fenway Park since Brent Abernathy on June 25, 2001...Tied a franchise record with 2 triples July 5 at DET (12th time, sixth different player)...On July 9 vs. KC, went 4-for-4 and hit his first grand slam, the first Rays rookie ever to record 4 hits and a slam...became the first rookie on record (since 1914) with 4 hits and a grand slam from the No. 9 spot, and the first player (regardless of rookie status) to do it since CLE Asdrubal Cabrera on April 18, 2009 at NYY...Had 5 outfield assists, most by a Rays rookie since Delmon Young (16) in 2007...ranked among the AL's top 10 outfielders in zone rating, range factor per 9 innings and total chances per 9 innings...6 errors tied for 4th most among AL outfielders and were most by a Rays outfielder since B.J. Upton (8) in 2008...In his first major league start (April 12 at CIN), threw out Joey Votto at home on a single to CF by Brandon Phillips in the 4th...the assist preserved a 1-0 lead for Alex Cobb, and the Rays held on to win by the same score...Claimed the No. 1 spot on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays twice in a span of 10 days...on June 11 vs. STL, his bases-loaded, inning-ending diving catch in right-center field robbed STL Peter Bourjos and preserved the lead...on June 20 vs. HOU, dove for a George Springer foul ball near the Rays bullpen...Despite playing only 34 games for Durham, was selected as Best Defensive Outfielder in the International League by Baseball America.
Played in 2 games for the Rays, both as a lateinning defensive replacement in CF: the Game 163 tiebreaker at Texas and the AL Wild Card Game at Cleveland…was not on the ALDS roster…has yet to record an at-bat…despite those 2 games, has not yet accrued any major league service time as tiebreakers and postseason games do not count toward it... Selected off the Triple-A Durham roster on Sep 30-the day of Game 163….became the first player to make his major league debut in a single-game tiebreaker and just the second to make his major league debut in his team's 163rd game of a season or later, according to the Elias Sports Bureau…the other was Elvio Jimenez with the Yankees in their 164th and final game of the 1964 season... Found out he was being called up late on Sep 29 and joined the Rays in Texas the next morning…due to the Rays expanded roster (37 active players), he shared a locker with Wil Myers in the visitors' clubhouse... Caught Joe Maddon's attention in spring training when he delivered a 2-run double in the Rays spring home opener vs. Pittsburgh and hustled into 2B after being accidentally tripped by Pirates 1B Clint Robinson…he was brought over from the minor league camp for the day since the Rays opened the spring season with a doubleheader... Spent most of the season at Double-A Montgomery before a late-July promotion to Durham…batted a combined .295 (150-for-508) with 89 runs scored and 21 SB in 136 games…named a Southern League midseason and postseason All-Star... Named Montgomery's Team MVP after batting .307 (114-for-371) in 97 games…missed out on the Southern League batting title by just .001, trailing Justin Greene of Mobile (D-backs)... Has played all three outfield positions, but was used in CF exclusively in 2013…batted primarily leadoff for both the Biscuits and Bulls... Had a combined 15 triples, tied for 4th most in all of minor league baseball and tied for the most ever by a Rays farmhand…matched Hak-Ju Lee who had 15 in 2011 Started all 8 of the Bulls postseason games and scored a team-high 6 runs…delivered a two-run homer and RBI single in the Bulls 7-0 win at Pawtucket (Red Sox), clinching the International League Championship... Named Best Defensive Player in the Rays minor league system for the second consecutive season…also named by Baseball America as the Rays No. 10 prospect, Best Defensive Outfielder and Best Outfield Arm following the season.