Mariners News: Seattle Mariners Trade Patrick Kivlehan to the Texas Rangers


The Seattle Mariners announced that the player to be named later in the 5 player trade with the Texas Rangers is Patrick Kivlehan.

Patrick Kivlehan spent the past 3 years in the Seattle Mariners minor league system.  He played first base, outfield and third base.  In those three years he hit .288/.352/.481.   At High Desert he had his best offensive season .320/.384/.530.  He’s been one of the organizations top positional prospects.  At Tacoma last year he hit .256/.313/.453 with 22 home runs and 113 strikeouts and 36 walks.   His career contact rate in the minors is at 75.9%.

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Prospect Insider notes that Kivlehan was a football player for Rutgers who decided he missed baseball and during his Senior year decided to walk on.  He made the team and played well on his way to becoming the triple crown winner in the Big East.  There’s no doubt the Seattle Mariners thought Kivlehan was a future major leaguer when they drafted him in the fourth round in 2012.

For whatever reason Kivlehan wasn’t in General Manager Jerry Dipoto’s plans for the Seattle Mariners.  Kivlehan was the PTBNL (player to be named later) in the trade that sent Tom Wilhelmsen, James Jones as well to the Texas Rangers for Leonys Martín and Anthony Bass.

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Patrick posted a thank you on his latest Instagram post thanking the Seattle Mariners for the last three years.  “It’s been a crazy 24 hours but just wanted to thank the Seattle Mariners organization for everything the past 3 years. They took a chance on a “football player” when not many teams even knew who I was. The Pacific Northwest will always have a little piece of my heart. I was traded to the Texas Rangers yesterday and couldn’t be more excited for this new opportunity and for the season to finally get going.”