Patrick Kivlehan
Patrick Kivlehan
28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Arizona Diamondbacks
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Kivlehan has a great origin story, only playing college baseball one season at Rutgers because he was dedicated full-time to football for four years. He did so well in that one season to get drafted in the fourth round, and then took five years to get to the majors. Unfortunately, the feel-good aspect ends here. Kivlehan struggled as a utility player with the Reds in 2017, hitting .208/.304/.399 in 178 at-bats. While there are indicators that Kivlehan could have some upside (.257 BABIP last year, .191 ISO when he did make contact), the combination of the Reds' outfield depth and his high strikeout rate will keep him down. The Reds agreed with that assessment, designating him off the 40-man roster in the offseason. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a minor-league contract with the Mets in May of 2018. Traded to the Diamondbacks in September of 2018.
Scores twice in rare start
OFArizona Diamondbacks
September 20, 2018
Kivlehan started in left field and went 2-for-3 with two triples and two runs in Wednesday's 9-0 win over the Cubs. He also reached base when he was hit by a pitch.
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With the Diamondbacks entering the day just four games over .500 to effectively remove themselves from playoff contention, manager Torey Lovullo elected to shake up the lineup Wednesday. The team's regular starting outfield -- David Peralta, A.J. Pollock and Steven Souza -- all sat out, paving the way for Kivlehan to make his first start with the Diamondbacks. Though he turned in a solid showing at the dish, it's unlikely he'll take on a full-time role during the final week and a half of the season. Kivlehan should at least get a boost in playing time, however, while Arizona builds in more rest for its everyday contributors.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+23%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
-100%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+21%
OPS vs LHP
2016
 
 
+28%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .783 92 10 6 9 0 .235 .326 .457
Since 2016vs Right .635 139 19 4 19 1 .190 .288 .347
2018vs Left 1.000 2 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500
2018vs Right .000 1 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2017vs Left .784 81 8 5 8 0 .239 .333 .451
2017vs Right .649 123 15 4 18 1 .187 .285 .364
2016vs Left .722 9 2 1 1 0 .125 .222 .500
2016vs Right .564 15 3 0 1 0 .231 .333 .231
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+56%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+64%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+176%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .846 119 18 5 19 1 .265 .387 .459
Since 2016Away .541 112 11 5 9 0 .154 .214 .327
2018Home .000 1 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2018Away 1.000 2 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500
2017Home .889 98 13 4 17 1 .278 .408 .481
2017Away .541 106 10 5 9 0 .152 .208 .333
2016Home .689 20 4 1 2 0 .222 .300 .389
2016Away .250 4 1 0 0 0 .000 .250 .000
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How does Patrick Kivlehan compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.00
 
BB Rate
0.0%
 
K Rate
14.3%
 
BABIP
.600
 
ISO
.667
 
AVG
.500
 
OBP
.571
 
SLG
1.167
 
OPS
1.738
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2016
2015
For a prospect who seems like he has been around forever, it is remarkable how little Kivlehan’s prospect stock has fluctuated over the years. He has always been seen as a decent hitter, who may not pack the offensive punch to be a big league regular. This was evident again in 2015, as he hit 22 homers, stole 14 bases, and slashed .256/.313/.453 in 518 plate appearances as a 25-year-old at Triple-A Tacoma. A versatile fielder, he received double-digit starts at both the infield corners and the outfield corners, while also getting nine starts in center field. Indeed, the bat probably isn’t good enough to play everyday at any of the corner spots, and the glove probably isn’t good enough for center. This means Kivlehan should break into the majors as a utility player. Upon arrival, it will be on him to hit enough to force his way into the lineup. Every organization needs players like this, but the same cannot be said about most dynasty league rosters.
A football player at Rutgers, Kivlehan didn't step onto the baseball field until his senior year. He did enough in that one year, though, for the Mariners to draft him in the fourth round in 2012. Kivlehan hit .306/.366/.542 with 22 homers over parts of two seasons at High-A High Desert, so it was an important test when he was promoted to Double-A Jackson last May to see how he would fare outside the hitter-friendly Cal League. He struggled badly at first, but he found his stride and reached base in 29 consecutive games, acquitting himself with a .300 average, .859 OPS and 41 extra-base hits. According to scouts, he has the potential to be a run-producing third baseman, hitting for both average and power. He'll probably begin this season back at Jackson, but he's one to keep on the radar.
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Dealt to Diamondbacks
OFArizona Diamondbacks
September 6, 2018
Kivlehan was traded to Arizona from the Mets on Thursday in exchange for cash considerations.
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Inks minor-league deal
OFNew York Mets
May 9, 2018
Kivlehan signed a minor-league contract with the Mets on Wednesday.
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Cut loose by Cincinnati
OFCincinnati Reds
May 7, 2018
The Reds released Kivlehan last week, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
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Re-signs with Reds
OFCincinnati Reds
November 18, 2017
Kivlehan agreed to a minor-league contract with Cincinnati on Saturday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
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Outrighted to Triple-A
OFCincinnati Reds
November 3, 2017
Kivlehan was outrighted to Triple-A Louisville on Friday.
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