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2018 Arizona Diamondbacks Reviews: #31, Patrick Kivlehan

A late season acquisition, Patrick Kivlehan showed he could hit a little bit, so is he worth bringing back in 2019?

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Arizona Diamondbacks Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
  • 2018 RATING: 3.78
  • 2017 RATING: -
  • 2018 SALARY: $535,000
  • 2018 PERFORMANCE: 14 PA, 3 R, 3 H, 0 2B, 2 3B, 0 HR, 0RBI, 11SB, .231/.286/.538= .824 OPS
  • 2019 STATUS: 1st Yr Arbitration Eligible / Signed minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates

Drafted in the 4th round out of Rutgers, Patrick Kivlehan was more regarded in his ability on the football field than the diamond, but that didn’t stop the Mariners from drafting him anyway. While raw, he still showed tremendous power and hitting ability, smashing double digit homers and batting over .300 in his first two minor league seasons. He continued to hit, all the way to a lengthy cup of coffee with the Reds in 2017, where he hit 9 homers across 200 ABs.

The Reds resigned him to a minor league deal, but struggled to start 2018, leading to him being released. The Mets scooped him up a couple days later on a minor league deal and he continued his mashing ways, hitting at a 147 wRC+ line but that wasn’t enough to see time with the parent club.

With rosters expanded in September the D-backs pounced, acquiring Kivlehan in return for cash considerations for their stretch run. He immediately made an impact, coming on as a pinch runner and scoring a run against the Braves. His big moment was the B-team game against the Cubs, where the club started almost all bench players and won 9-0. He went 2 for 4 in the game with two triples. Unfortunately for Patrick he didn’t see much action (or production) after that, finishing the season going 0 for 7.

For a bench bat, you could definitely do worse than Patrick. He provides good power and has some positional flexibility, appearing in all 3 outfield spots and both corner infield positions. Unfortunately for the team (and fans), he signed a minor league deal November 1st with the Pirates. So this ends the tale of Patrick Kivlehan in a Diamondback uniform. But you never know, they could always go back to that well and acquire him again.