Michael Kirkman

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Michael Kirkman
Michael Kirkman.jpg
Kirkman with the Texas Rangers
Free agent
Born: (1986-09-18) September 18, 1986 (age 32)
Lake City, Florida
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
August 21, 2010, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
(through May 4, 2016)
Win–loss record2–6
Earned run average5.25

Michael Scott Kirkman (born September 18, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers.

Early life[edit]

Prior to playing professionally, he attended Columbia High School in Lake City, Florida.[1] He was drafted by the Rangers in the fifth round of the 2005 amateur draft and began his professional career that year.

Professional career[edit]

Texas Rangers[edit]

With the AZL Rangers in 2005, Kirkman went 3–1 with a 3.44 ERA in 14 games (nine starts), striking out 58 batters in 52​13 innings. He split 2006 between the AZL Rangers (eight games) and Clinton Lumber Kings (six games), going a combined 1–5 with a 9.70 ERA in 14 games (10 starts). He walked 51 batters in 34​13 innings while striking out 30. Despite posting an ERA near ten, he did not allow a single home run in 2006.

Kirkman pitched for the Lumber Kings (five games) and Spokane Indians (nine games) in 2007, going a combined 1–5 with a 7.14 ERA in 14 games (eight starts). He pitched for Spokane and Clinton again in 2008, improving to a combined record of 5–4 with an ERA of 3.84 in 17 games (16 starts).

2009 became a breakout year for Kirkman. In eight Bakersfield Blaze games Kirkman threw 48 innings with a 2.06 ERA, striking out 54 and issued 18 walks. Kirkman was promoted to AA Frisco, threw 96 innings in 18 games and earned a spot on the 40_man roster after the 2009 season. In an interview with Jason Cole, Kirkman attributed his 2009 improvement to watching film of Cliff Lee.[2]

He began 2010 with the Oklahoma City RedHawks and was ranked as the 15th best prospect at the start of the year by Jamey Newberg.[3][4] In his major league debut with the Rangers on August 21, he struck out the first three batters he faced and retired all four.

After beginning the 2011 season with the Rangers, Kirkman was optioned to Triple-A on April 20.[5]

On May 21, 2012, the Rangers announced that Kirkman was being treated for skin cancer.[6]

Kirkman started the 2013 season with the Rangers until June 9 when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list, due to a reoccurence of the skin cancer.[7] He was designated for assignment on March 28, 2014 and outrighted to the minors four days later.[8] He was called back up by the Rangers on September 2, 2014.[9]

He was non-tendered on December 2, 2014 and became a free agent.[10] He was later resigned, then released on March 17, 2015.[11][12]

Milwaukee Brewers[edit]

On April 22, 2015, Kirkman signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.[13] He was released on August 1.[14]

San Diego Padres[edit]

After signing a minor league deal with San Diego in February 2016, Kirkman was called up to the majors on April 26.[15] He was designated for assignment on May 2.[16]

Return to Milwaukee[edit]

On May 5, 2016, Kirkman was claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers.[17] He was designated for assignment on May 13, 2016, to make room for waiver claim Jhan Marinez.[18][19]

Atlanta Braves[edit]

The Atlanta Braves signed Kirkman to a minor league contract on January 31, 2017.[20] He was released on March 29, 2017.


  1. ^ Goodbread, Chase (June 8, 2005). "BK's Gamel, Columbia's Kirkman lead draft class". Florida Times Union. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  2. ^ Mike Hindman (August 28, 2010). "Hindsights Vol: 5: Mike Kirkman's Bizarre Odyssey". BBTIA.com. Retrieved September 12, 2010.
  3. ^ "Minor League stats". Baseball-reference.com. September 18, 1986. Retrieved October 24, 2010.
  4. ^ pwh9980 (January 1, 2010). "Newberg's top 72 prospects". Lone Star Ball. Retrieved October 24, 2010.
  5. ^ Rangers bring Tomko back to major leagues, Associated Press, April 20, 2011.
  6. ^ Michael Kirkman battling form of skin cancer ESPN Dallas/Fort Worth. Retrieved May 21, 2012
  7. ^ Toman, Chris (June 9, 2013). "Kirkman heads to DL after learning of cancer diagnosis". mlb.com. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
  8. ^ "Rangers add RHP McCutchen as long reliever". Associated Press. ESPN.com. April 1, 2014. Retrieved April 2, 2014.
  9. ^ Alexander, Jackson (September 2, 2014). "Kirkman back in Majors as lefty specialist". MLB.com. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  10. ^ "Rangers non-tender LHP Michael Kirkman, RHP Alexi Ogando and INF Adam Rosales". MLB.com. December 2, 2014. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  11. ^ Gleeman, Aaron (March 17, 2015). "Rangers release left-hander Michael Kirkman". NBC Sports. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  12. ^ Sullivan, T.R. (March 17, 2015). "Kirkman released; Choice optioned to Triple-A". MLB.com. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  13. ^ Gleeman, Aaron (April 22, 2015). "Brewers sign left-hander Michael Kirkman". hardballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  14. ^ Haudricourt, Tom (May 7, 2016). "Reliever Michael Kirkman joins Brewers after crazy week". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  15. ^ Clark, James (April 26, 2016). "Padres News: Pirela Sent Down, LHP Michael Kirkman Recalled". East Village Times. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  16. ^ Kenney, Kirk (May 2, 2016). "Padres recall Alex Dickerson from Triple-A El Paso". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  17. ^ "Brewers claim LHP Kirkman from Padres". Fox Sports. May 5, 2016. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  18. ^ "Brewers acquire RHP Marinez, designate Kirkman for assignment". Fox Sports. May 13, 2016. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  19. ^ Haudricourt, Tom (May 13, 2016). "Brewers acquire Jhan Marinez, designate Michael Kirkman for assignment". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  20. ^ Bowman, Mark (January 31, 2017). "Braves add lefty relief depth in Kirkman". MLB.com. Retrieved February 1, 2017.

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