Mets Sign Utility Man Patrick Kivlehan

By Michael Mayer

May 9, 2018 No comments

The New York Mets have signed utility player Patrick Kivlehan to a minor league deal and assigned him to the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s according to Betsy Helfand of the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Kivlehan, 28, was 7-for-42 with 15 strikeouts for Triple-A in the Cincinnati Reds organization earlier this season before getting released. He played second, third and first base and one game in the outfield as well.

The right-handed hitter went to Rutgers University and was born in Nyack, New York. He was the fourth round pick of the Seattle Mariners in 2012.

In 2017 with the Reds Kivlehan got his largest major league exposure to this point playing in 115 games for the Reds. He hit .208/.304/.399 with five doubles, triple and nine home runs in 204 plate appearances.

Kivlehan was a 0.2 WAR player in 2017 while playing all three outfield spots, first and third base. His strongest defensive position was third where he had three defensive runs saved in only 47.2 innings.

He is a career .296/.303/.392 hitter in 228 big league plate appearances though he has fared much better against lefties with .778 OPS in 90 plate appearances.

Kivlehan gives the 51s outfield and infield depth after Bryce Brentz was recently placed on the disabled list and Luis Guillorme was promoted to the big leagues.