Roger Kieschnick

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Roger Kieschnick
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Kieschnick warms up prior to a Fresno Grizzlies game
Free agent
Outfielder
Born: (1987-01-21) January 21, 1987 (age 30)
Dallas, Texas
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 31, 2013, for the San Francisco Giants
MLB statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .200
Home runs 1
Runs batted in 7
Teams
Roger Kieschnick
Medal record
Men's baseball
Representing  United States
World University Baseball Championship
Gold medal – first place 2006 Havana Team
Pan American Games
Silver medal – second place 2007 Cidade do Rock Team
World Port Tournament
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Rotterdam Team

Roger Keith Kieschnick (born January 21, 1987) is an American professional baseball outfielder who is currently a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Early life[edit]

Born in Dallas, Texas, Kieschnick went to Rockwall High School in Rockwall, Texas.[1]

College career[edit]

Kieschnick attended Texas Tech University, where he played college baseball. As a sophomore in 2007, he was named an All-Big 12 Conference performer. He played for the United States national baseball team and competed in the 2006 World University Baseball Championship winning gold, the 2007 Pan-American Games winning silver, and the 2007 World Port Tournament winning silver as well.

In his junior season at Texas Tech, he scored 47 runs and hit .305 with 15 doubles, three triples, 17 home runs and 65 RBI in 55 games played. Baseball America rated Kieschnick as the top position player from Texas in the 2008 Major League Baseball draft.[2]

Professional career[edit]

San Francisco Giants[edit]

The Giants selected Kieschnick in the third round (82nd overall) of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft, and signed him in August.[2]

With the High-A San Jose Giants in 2009, Kieschnick was a California League All-Star in his first professional season. He hit .296, with 23 home runs and 110 RBIs in 131 games.

He then spent two injury-plagued seasons in Double-A with the Richmond Flying Squirrels. In 2010, he hit .290 before going 0-for-30 in late May and early June, and was then placed on the disabled list for the rest of the season with a back injury. The 2011 season saw Kieschnick, who had played right field for the bulk of his young career, split time in left field for the first time. He led the Squirrels with 16 home runs and 65 RBIs and was named an Eastern League All-Star, but struggled with a recurring back injury in August which again ended his season prematurely.

Nonetheless, he was added to the parent club's 40-man roster after the 2011 season.[3] and started the 2012 season in Triple-A with the Fresno Grizzlies.

Kieschnick was recalled from Fresno to join the major league ball club on July 30, 2013, and made his major league debut in left field on July 31, 2013. He went 2-for-5 with two singles and two RBIs. His first major league hit was against Kyle Kendrick of the Philadelphia Phillies. In 38 games with the Giants, he hit .202 with 5 RBI. After a subpar Spring training in 2014, where he hit .172 in 13 games, Kieschnick was designated for assignment on March 29 to make room on the 40-man roster.[4]

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

Kieschnick was claimed off waivers by the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 4, 2014,[5] and optioned to the Triple-A Reno Aces. He was recalled on April 24 when Mark Trumbo was placed on the disabled list.[6] He made 4 appearances, going 0-7 before being optioned back to Reno. He was recalled on June 16 to replace the injured Bronson Arroyo and to add depth to a depleted outfield, missing Trumbo, A. J. Pollock, and Ender Inciarte.[7] On June 17, Kieschnick hit his first MLB Home Run against Milwaukee Brewers closer Francisco Rodríguez.[8]

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim claimed Kieschnick on waivers on October 7, 2014.[9]

Rojos del Águila de Veracruz[edit]

Kieschnick signed with the Rojos del Águila de Veracruz of the Mexican Baseball League for the 2016 season. He was released on April 29, 2016.

Personal life[edit]

He is the nephew of former Major Leaguer Brooks Kieschnick.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fitt, Aaron (March 27, 2008). "Making His Own Name". Baseball America. Retrieved October 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Giants sign Roger Kieschnick, third-round pick in 2008 Draft". MLB.com. August 13, 2008. Retrieved October 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ Angel Villalona among Giants' 40-man roster additions as Rule 5 draft looms | SFGiants.com: News
  4. ^ Baggarly, Andrew (April 4, 2014). "Giants lose Kieschnick to Arizona on waiver claim". CSN Bay Area. 
  5. ^ "D-backs claim Roger Kieschnick from Giants; transfer Patrick Corbin to 60-day DL" (Press release). MLB.com. April 4, 2014. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Foot fracture sends Trumbo to disabled list". mlb.com. April 24, 2014. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ "D-backs place Arroyo on 15-day disabled list and recall Kieschnick from Triple-A Reno". D-backs Press Release. June 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Lucroy hits slam, Brewers beat Diamondbacks 7-5". Associated Press. April 17, 2014. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 
  9. ^ Gonzalez, Alden (October 7, 2014). "Angels claim OFs Marte, Kieschnick from D-backs". MLB.com. Retrieved October 8, 2014. 

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