Mike Kickham

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Mike Kickham
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Kickham with the San Francisco Giants
Miami Marlins
Pitcher
Born: (1988-12-12) December 12, 1988 (age 28)
Springfield, Missouri
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
May 28, 2013, for the San Francisco Giants
MLB statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record 0–3
Earned run average 10.98
Strikeouts 30
Teams

Michael Joseph Kickham (born December 12, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Miami Marlins organization. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Francisco Giants.

Amateur career[edit]

Kickham attended Glendale High School in Springfield, Missouri, and played for the school's baseball team. His senior season as a Falcon, he posted a 1.16 ERA with 65 strikeouts. He also hit for a .390 batting average as an outfielder. Kickham earned all-conference status at both positions.[1]

Kickham spent 2009 at Crowder College, where he went 3-3 with a 5.62 ERA. He struck out 47 batters in 41 innings.[2] After Crowder, Kickham transferred to Missouri State University, where he was enrolled in premedical studies and studied biology. For the Missouri State Bears baseball team, Kickham had a 4-9 record with a 5.25 ERA and 103 strikeouts, in 96 innings spanning 15 games.[3]

Professional career[edit]

San Francisco Giants[edit]

The San Francisco Giants selected Kickham in the sixth round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft.[4] After spending 2010 with the rookie league squad, he spent 2011 with the Augusta Greenjackets. In 2012, he was promoted to the Class AA Richmond Flying Squirrels, where he posted an 11-10 record and a 3.05 ERA in 28 games.

After two months with the Class AAA Fresno Grizzlies, the Giants promoted Kickham to the majors on May 26, 2013.[5] Kickham made his debut against the A's, going 2.2 innings while allowing 4 runs with 4 walks. The Giants failed to come back and Kickham suffered the loss.[6]

Seattle Mariners[edit]

On December 23, 2014, Kickham was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs.[7] The Cubs then designated him for assignment on January 9.[8] He was then traded to the Seattle Mariners on January 14, 2015, for minor league pitcher Lars Huijer.[9] He was designated for assignment by the Mariners on May 4, 2015, when they re-added left-handed reliever Joe Beimel to the active roster.[10]

Texas Rangers[edit]

Kickham was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers on May 5, 2015.[11] Kickham was released on June 11.[12]

Bridgeport Bluefish[edit]

Kickham signed with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball on July 24, 2015. He was released on July 28, 2015 without making an appearance.

San Francisco Giants[edit]

Kickham signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants in January 2016.[13] He was released on May 30, 2016.[14]

Kansas City T-Bones[edit]

Kickham signed with the Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball on June 26, 2016.

Miami Marlins[edit]

Kickham signed a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins in March 19, 2017.

Scouting Report[edit]

Kickham throws 4 pitches: A fastball between 91-95 MPH, a slider, a changeup and an occasional curveball.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mike Kickham Bio". Missouri State University. Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  2. ^ Cite error: The named reference BC was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  3. ^ Eymer, Rick (May 27, 2013). "Quiroz provides positive review on Kickham". MLB.com. Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Mike Kickham Signs Professional Contract With San Francisco". Missouri State University. August 10, 2010. Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  5. ^ Pavlovic, Alex (May 26, 2013). "Mike Kickham chosen to fill in for veteran who helped him in the spring". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  6. ^ Eymer, Rick (May 29, 2013). "Giants fall to A's in Kickham's brief debut". MLB.com. Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Cubs claim LHP Mike Kickham off waivers". ESPN.com. December 23, 2014. Retrieved January 15, 2015. 
  8. ^ "OF Chris Denorfia completes $2.6M deal 1-year deal with Cubs". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 9, 2014. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Seattle acquires LHP Kickham from Cubs for minor leaguer". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 14, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2015. 
  10. ^ Johns, Greg (May 4, 2015). "Shortstop Taylor called up as Mariners tweak roster". MLB.com. Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Rangers claim Kickham off waivers, move Rua to 60-day DL". ESPN.com. Associated Press. May 5, 2015. Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Other Rangers news: Team releases Michael Kickham; A draft pick served a one-year suspension at Vanderbilt". Dallas Morning News. June 11, 2015. Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  13. ^ Eddy, Matt (January 18, 2016). "Minor League Transactions: Jan. 8-14". Baseball America. Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  14. ^ Polishuk, Mark (May 30, 2016). "Minor MLB Transactions: 5/30/16". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved May 30, 2016. 
  15. ^ Mike Kickham | Baseball News Hound

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