After only two weeks spent in San Diego’s minor league organization, Patrick Kivlehan got the call that some people wait their entire lives and never receive.
Drafted originally by the Seattle Mariners in 2012, Kivlehan has struggled to move out of the Triple A organizations with the Mariners, then to the Texas Rangers, and back again to the Mariners. Waived by the Mariners early this month, the Padres called him off waivers, quickly realized Patrick’s potential, and tonight moved him up to the parent club.
Kivlehan was on the Scarlet Knights football squad for four years as a holder as well as a safety. He only tried out for the baseball team in Piscataway after his senior season on the gridiron. In his sole season on the diamond, he had 14 home runs with 50 RBIs with very impressive .392 batting average. At the end of the season, he was drafted by the Mariners. While he’s been successful at the minor league level, he was always on the cusp on breaking through, as discussed in an article last year by then- APP.com writer Ryan Dunleavy.
This story was originally broken by SNY and Rutgers announcer Chris Carlin earlier today:
It was followed up by a post by Rutgers baseball’s twitter site, obviously very proud of their alum getting The Call:
Meanwhile, now with NJ.com, Ryan Dunleavy has a good article on the news, with quotes from a very proud Rutgers baseball head coach Joe Litterio.
Congrats to Patrick on this big event. Scarlet Nation is proud of its latest alum to make it to the bigs!
UPDATE: Kivlehan went 2 for 3 in his major league debut, including a home run in just his second major league at bat. Congrats Patrick!