Open main menu

Patrick Anthony Kivlehan (born December 22, 1989) is an American professional baseball outfielder in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Patrick Kivlehan
Kivlehan with the Cincinnati Reds
Toronto Blue Jays
Born: (1989-12-22) December 22, 1989 (age 29)
Nyack, New York
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 20, 2016, for the San Diego Padres
MLB statistics
(through 2018 season)
Batting average.208
Home runs10
Runs batted in28


Kivlehan played both college baseball and college football at Rutgers University.[1] In his four years of football at Rutgers, he played in 43 games as a backup defensive back, recording 40 tackles and one interception. After his college football career ended after his senior season, he joined Rutgers baseball team.[2][1] In his one season of baseball, he hit .392/.480/.693 with 14 home runs, 50 runs batted in (RBI) and 24 stolen bases in 51 games. For his play he was named the Big East Player of the Year.[3]

Seattle MarinersEdit

Kivlehan was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the fourth round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.[4][5][6] He made his professional debut that season for the Everett AquaSox.[7] In 72 games, he hit .301/.373/.511 with 12 home runs and 52 RBI. Kivlehan started the 2013 season with the Clinton LumberKings. After hitting .283/.344/.386 and three home runs in 60 games with Clinton, he was promoted to the High Desert Mavericks. In 68 games with High Desert he hit .320/.384/.530 with 13 home runs in 68 games. Overall, he hit .303/.366/.464 and 16 home runs. After the season, he played in the Arizona Fall League.[8] Kivlehan returned to High Desert to start 2014. After hitting nine home runs in 32 games, he was promoted to the Jackson Generals.[9] The Mariners added him to their 40-man roster after the 2015 season.[10]

Texas RangersEdit

The Texas Rangers acquired Kivlehan from the Mariners on December 2, 2015 as a player to be named later from an earlier trade that sent Leonys Martín and Anthony Bass to the Mariners and Tom Wilhelmsen and James Jones to the Rangers.[11]

Return to SeattleEdit

On May 29, 2016, Kivlehan was traded back to the Mariners for a player to be named later or cash considerations (later specified as pitcher Justin De Fratus).[12]

San Diego PadresEdit

On August 4, 2016, the San Diego Padres claimed Kivlehan off waivers.[13] The Padres promoted him to the major leagues on August 20,[14] he hit his first career home run off Robbie Ray in his second big league at bat.

Cincinnati RedsEdit

On September 28, 2016, Kivlehan was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds.[15] He was designated for assignment on October 6.[16] Kivlehan made the Reds' Opening Day roster in 2017.[17] He was outrighted to Triple-A on November 3, 2017, and elected free agency on November 6. On November 18, Kivlehan signed a minor league contract with the Reds that included an invitation to spring training.[18] He was released from the organization in early May 2018.[19]

New York MetsEdit

On May 9, 2018, Kivlehan signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets.[20]

Arizona DiamondbacksEdit

On September 6, 2018, the Arizona Diamondbacks acquired Kivlehan from the Mets for cash considerations.[21] He appeared in 9 games for the Diamondbacks before he was outrighted to Triple-A on October 10. The following day, he elected free agency.

Pittsburgh PiratesEdit

On October 31, 2018, he signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.[22]

Toronto Blue JaysEdit

On May 10, 2019, Kivlehan was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays.[23]


  1. ^ a b Pat Kivlehan leads Rutgers baseball after 4 years of football Archived May 31, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Former Rutgers football player Patrick Kivlehan now starring on the baseball diamond". April 19, 2012. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  3. ^ "Former Rutgers football player Patrick Kivlehan continues baseball success by being named Big East Player of the Year". May 23, 2012. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  4. ^ "2012 MLB Draft: Rutgers star Patrick Kivlehan selected in 4th round by Mariners". June 5, 2012. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  5. ^ "MLB draft:M's nab SJR's Patrick Kivlehan". June 6, 2012. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  6. ^ "Mariners select shortstop Patrick Kivlehan out of Rutgers with fourth-round pick". Tacoma News Tribune. Archived from the original on November 21, 2015. Retrieved November 21, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  7. ^ "AquaSox 's Kivlehan moved from gridiron to baseball diamond". The Daily Herald. December 3, 2003. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  8. ^ "Mariners hope to help Patrick Kivlehan polish skills in Arizona Fall League". Seattle Mariners. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  9. ^ "Seattle Mariners prospect Patrick Kivlehan collects career-high three doubles, two RBIs for Jackson Generals - News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  10. ^ "Mariners designate pitcher Danny Hultzen". Seattle Mariners. Archived from the original on November 21, 2015. Retrieved November 21, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  11. ^ [1][dead link]
  12. ^ Byrne, Connor (May 29, 2016). "Mariners Reacquire Patrick Kivlehan From Rangers". Retrieved May 29, 2016.
  13. ^ Adams, Steve (August 4, 2016). "Padres Claim Patrick Kivlehan From Mariners". Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  14. ^ "Patrick Kivlehan, Rutgers football and baseball alum, to make MLB debut with Padres (PHOTOS)". August 20, 2016. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  15. ^ Todd, Jeff (September 28, 2016). "Reds Claim Patrick Kivlehan". Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  16. ^ Todd, Jeff (October 6, 2016). "Reds Claim Arismendy Alcantara, Designate Patrick Kivlehan". Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  17. ^ "Patrick Kivlehan's long road to making the Reds". March 30, 2017. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  18. ^ Downing, Kyle (November 18, 2017). "Minor MLB Transactions: 11/18/17". Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  19. ^ Adams, Steve (May 7, 2018). "Reds Release Patrick Kivlehan". Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  20. ^ Adams, Steve (May 9, 2018). "Mets Agree to Minor League Deal with Patrick Kivlehan". Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  21. ^ Drake, Tyler (September 6, 2018). "D-backs acquire Patrick Kivlehan from Mets, move Dyson to 60-day DL".
  22. ^ Downing, Kyle (October 31, 2018). "Pirates Sign Patrick Kivlehan To Minor-League Deal". mlb trader rumors. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  23. ^ Todd, Jeff (May 10, 2019). "Blue Jays Acquire Patrick Kivlehan". Retrieved May 11, 2019.

External linksEdit