Kameron Kraig 'Kam' Mickolio (//; born May 10, 1984) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp, and Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), and the Baltimore Orioles and Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball (MLB).
Mickolio with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp
|Born: May 10, 1984|
Wolf Point, Montana
|MLB: August 20, 2008, for the Baltimore Orioles|
|NPB: April 1, 2012, for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 27, 2011, for the Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Earned run average||4.83|
|Earned run average||2.42|
Mickolio graduated from Belgrade High School in 2002, but did not play baseball because Montana did not sanction the sport. Instead he was with the local American Legion Baseball team named the Belgrade Bandits, which finished in third place with a 32–20 record in state competition. He went 9–2 with 115 strikeouts in 88 innings pitched. He registered five shutouts and complete games each in his eleven starts. He also batted .386 with six home runs.
Mickolio attended the College of Eastern Utah for two years. He was the 46th-round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2003 MLB Draft, but did not sign a contract. Mickolio completed his college career at Utah Valley State College.
Mickolio was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 18th round of the 2006 MLB Draft, and signed with the team five days later on June 11. Used exclusively out of the bullpen, he compiled a 7–4 record, and progressed through the organization, starting with the Everett AquaSox in 2006. He split the following season with the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx and Tacoma Rainiers.
Mickolio was traded by the Mariners along with George Sherrill, Adam Jones, Chris Tillman and Tony Butler to the Baltimore Orioles for Érik Bédard on February 8, 2008. After spending the first four months of the 2008 campaign with the Bowie Baysox and Norfolk Tides, Mickolio was promoted to the Orioles for the first time to replace an injured Sherrill on August 20. He made his major league debut later that night at Camden Yards, becoming the first player from Utah Valley to play in an MLB game. He pitched the top half of the eighth inning in relief of Dennis Sarfate and surrendered a run in the 11–6 win over the Boston Red Sox. When Brian Burres was recalled to fill a starting rotation vacancy on August 25, Mickolio was optioned to Norfolk, but returned to the Orioles eight days later on September 2. His only decision in nine relief appearances that season was an 8–7 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on September 17, when he allowed a one-out Travis Snider sacrifice fly to left field to score Scott Rolen in the bottom of the eighth to break a 7–7 deadlock.
Pitching for the Tides in the first half of 2009, Mickolio was recalled by the Orioles on July 6 after biceps tendinitis forced Chris Ray onto the disabled list. He bounced back and forth between Norfolk and Baltimore twice within the next six weeks, getting his final promotion of the year on August 17 to replace Matt Albers who was sent to the Tides. Mickolio was credited with a pair of losses before inflammation in his throwing shoulder ended his season on September 17.
Hiroshima Toyo CarpEdit
Mickolio's contract was sold to the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in Japan on November 14, 2011, and he was the team's closer for three seasons. In 61 appearances (40 games finished) in 2012, Mickolio was 3-5 with a 2.79 ERA and 21 saves, striking out 54 in 58 innings. On December 6, 2012, he re-signed with Hiroshima for 75.6 million yen ($740,000 USD). In 57 appearances (45 games finished) in 2013, he was 2-4 with a 2.04 ERA and 27 saves, striking out 39 in 57.1 innings. In his third season with the Carp in 2014, Mickolio appeared in 51 games, posting a 1-1 record with 25 saves and a 2.45 ERA.
Tohoku Rakuten Golden EaglesEdit
Mickolio left the Carp after the 2014 season and signed a two-year deal with the Eagles worth an estimated 481 million yen and was assigned the number 43. He was unable to pitch in 2015 due to injury. Finally healthy in 2016, Mickolio made 45 relief appearances for the Eagles. He compiled a 5-1 record and a 2.38 ERA.
After his stint with the Golden Eagles, Mickolio was signed by the Twins to a minor league deal on May 16, 2017. He elected free agency on November 6, 2017.
Long Island DucksEdit
On May 19, 2019, Mickolio announced his retirement from professional baseball.
On November 12, 2011, Mickolio married the former Tiffany Leone. The couple has three children, a son, Braden Landon Mickolio, born in August 2012; a daughter, Abriella Emilia Mickolio, born in May 2014; and a daughter, Lincoln Perry Mickolio, born in May 2015. Tiffany and their three children are planning on joining Kameron in Japan in July 2016.
- "Orioles select contract of RHP Kam Mickolio from Triple-A Norfolk," Baltimore Orioles press release, Wednesday, August 20, 2008.
- Kam Mickolio (player biography) – Utah Valley University Athletics. Archived 2009-07-04 at the Wayback Machine
- "League gets MT players in front of scouts," The Associated Press, Monday, September 19, 2005.
- "American Legion Baseball – The American Legion of Montana". Archived from the original on 2010-01-14. Retrieved 2010-03-06.
- Zrebiec, Jeff. "O's Mickolio looks to keep growing–off field," The Baltimore Sun, Friday, March 5, 2010.
- Kam Mickolio (statistics & history) – Baseball-Reference.com.
- Kam Mickolio (minor league statistics & history) – Baseball-Reference.com.
- "Orioles receive five players from Seattle in exchange for Érik Bédard," Baltimore Orioles press release, Friday, February 8, 2008.
- Comak, Amanda. "O's call up Mickolio from Triple-A," MLB.com, Wednesday, August 20, 2008.
- Baltimore Orioles 11, Boston Red Sox 6; Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at Camden Yards (box score) – MLB.com.
- Comak, Amanda. "Burres to be called up for White Sox," MLB.com, Tuesday, August 26, 2008.
- "Orioles add three pitchers to roster," Baltimore Orioles press release, Tuesday, September 2, 2008.
- Toronto Blue Jays 8, Baltimore Orioles 7; Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at Rogers Centre (box score) – MLB.com.
- "Orioles recall RHP Kam Mickolio; Place RHP Chris Ray on 15-day disabled list," Baltimore Orioles press release, Monday, July 6, 2009.
- "Orioles option RHP Matt Albers to Triple-A Norfolk," Baltimore Orioles press release, Monday, August 17, 2009.
- Fordin, Spencer. "Mickolio placed on DL with inflammation," MLB.com, Thursday, September 17, 2009.
- Arizona Diamondbacks (2011-05-28). "D-Backs Reinstate Duke from Disabled List, Option Mickolio to Reno". AZDiamondbacks.com. Retrieved 2011-05-28.
- Sueyoshi, Gen (December 6, 2012). "Hiroshima Carp: Kam Mickolio, Brad Eldred to return in 2013". Yakyubaka.com.