Kanekoa Texeira

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Kanekoa Texeira
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Texeira with the Kansas City Royals
Pitcher Pitching coach
Born: (1986-02-06) February 6, 1986 (age 31)
Maui, Hawaii
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 6, 2010, for the Seattle Mariners
Last appearance
September 6, 2011, for the Kansas City Royals
MLB statistics
(through 2011 season)
Win–loss record 1–1
Earned run average 4.66
Strikeouts 33

Kanekoa Jacob Texeira (born February 6, 1986) is an American former professional baseball pitcher, and current pitching coach for the Danville Braves of the Appalachian league. He played in Major League Baseball with the Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals from 2010 to 2011.


Amateur career[edit]

Texeira attended the Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu and Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California.

Professional career[edit]

Chicago White Sox[edit]

Texeira was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 31st round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft. He did not sign.

Texeira was selected by Chicago White Sox in the 22nd round (675th overall) of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. He signed on June 14, 2006 and debuted that season with the Bristol White Sox of the Appalachian League, before being promoted to the Kannapolis Intimidators of the South Atlantic League. After pitching all of 2007 in Kannapolis, he split 2008 between the Class-A advanced Winston-Salem Warthogs and the Class-AA Birmingham Barons.

New York Yankees[edit]

He was traded to the New York Yankees on November 14, 2008 along with first baseman/outfielder Nick Swisher in exchange for infielder Wilson Betemit, and minor league pitchers Jeffrey Marquez and Jhonny Nuñez.[1] He played the 2009 season the Class-AA Trenton Thunder.

Texeira in 2010, with the Mariners.

Seattle Mariners[edit]

Texeira was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 2009 Rule 5 draft.[2] Mariners General Manager Jack Zduriencik had been familiar with Texeira from his days with the Brewers, where he was scouting director when Texeira was drafted by the Brewers in 2004.[3] Texeira made the Mariners' opening day roster following a strong performance in spring training.[4] With the Mariners, he recorded a 5.30 ERA, 6.8 strikeouts per nine innings, and 4.8 walks per nine innings in 18 23 innings pitched. However, Texeira and Jesús Colomé were designated for assignment on May 31, 2010, as the Mariners promoted pitchers Sean White and Garrett Olson.[5]

Kansas City Royals[edit]

On June 3, 2010, Texeira was claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Royals, who designated Brad Thompson for assignment to make room for him.[6] On June 15, 2010, he recorded his first career win in a 15-7 Royals victory over the Houston Astros.

Texeira, after starting the 2011 season with Kansas City, was optioned to Triple-A on April 21. He had a 0–0 record with a 2.84 ERA in six games at the time of his demotion. Royals add Coleman to bullpen, send Texeira to the Omaha Storm Chasers.[7] He was designated for assignment on May 18.[8]

Return to Yankees[edit]

He was claimed off waivers by the New York Yankees on May 25.[9] He was released by the Yankees on July 6, after making six appearances with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, recording a 22.85 ERA.[10] On July 20, he re-signed a minor league contract with the Yankees.[11]

Texiera made his AA season debut for the Trenton Thunder of the Eastern League on August 5, 2011. After 1.1 innings, he was pulled after giving up 6 hits for 4 runs (an ERA of 20.25), striking one out, and walking another. The Thunder went on to lose to the Altoona Curve, 8-2. Since then, he has reduced his ERA, making continued progress until a slight setback on August 13, 2011. Appearing with an ERA down to 8.10 in a game at Harrisburg, PA with the Thunder leading 7-3 in the ninth, Chris McConnell of the Senators led off the ninth with a solo homer. Settling in, Texeira closed out the ninth and now has an ERA standing at 8.31.

Cincinnati Reds[edit]

Texeira was signed to a minor league contract by the Cincinnati Reds on December 15, 2011.

Bridgeport Bluefish[edit]

Texeira signed a contract to pitch for the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He was named to the 2013 Atlantic League All Star team.

Second Stint with the Reds[edit]

On July 4, 2013, The Cincinnati Reds purchased the contract of Texeira from the Bridgeport Bluefish. He will report to Triple A Louisville of the International League.

Second Stint with the Bluefish[edit]

Texeira signed with the Bridgeport Bluefish for the 2014 season.

Atlanta Braves[edit]

On June 23, 2014, Texeira signed a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves. On June 24, 2014 he was assigned to AAA Gwinnett Braves.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Texeira is the cousin of outfielder Shane Victorino of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.[13]


  1. ^ "Yankees acquire 1B/OF Nick Swisher and Kanekoa Texeira from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for INF Wilson Betemit and two Minor League pitchers". Major League Baseball. newyork.yankees.mlb.com. November 13, 2008. Archived from the original on February 25, 2014. Retrieved January 26, 2010. 
  2. ^ Doug Miller (December 10, 2009). "Mariners take pitcher in Rule 5 Draft". Major League Baseball. MLB.com. Archived from the original on November 4, 2012. Retrieved January 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ "The Hot Stone League | M's take Texeira in Rule 5 draft...no, not Mark". Seattle Times. December 10, 2009. Retrieved July 6, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Mariners' expected roster has few surprises". Seattle Mariners. Idaho Statesman. April 2, 2010. Retrieved July 6, 2010. 
  5. ^ Stone, Larry (May 31, 2010). "Mariners Blog | M's DFA Texeira, Colome, recall Garrett Olson, Sean White". Seattle Times. Retrieved June 1, 2010. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ Dick Kaegel (April 15, 2012). "Royals add Coleman to 'pen, option Dyson". Kansas City Star. Archived from the original on May 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ Ben Nicholson-Smith (May 18, 2011). "Royals Designate Kanekoa Texeira For Assignment". MLBTradeRumors.com. Archived from the original on May 2, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Yankees Claim Kanekoa Texeira". MLBTradeRumors.com. May 25, 2011. Archived from the original on April 19, 2014. Retrieved May 25, 2011. 
  10. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben (July 6, 2011). "Yankees Release Kanekoa Texeira". MLBTradeRumors.com. Archived from the original on April 19, 2014. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  11. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben (July 20, 2011). "Minor Moves: Texeira, Ring, Padres". MLBTradeRumors.com. Archived from the original on April 19, 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  12. ^ http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/06/tigers-acquire-daniel-schlereth.html
  13. ^ Ed Price (November 13, 2008). "Yankees acquire Swisher in five-player deal with White Sox". The Star-Ledger. NJ.com. Archived from the original on August 10, 2010. Retrieved January 26, 2010. 

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