Tyler Kinley

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Tyler Kinley
Tyler Kinley (cropped).jpg
Kinley with the Marlins in 2018
Miami Marlins – No. 39
Born: (1991-01-31) January 31, 1991 (age 27)
Plantation, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 7, 2018, for the Minnesota Twins
MLB statistics
(through September 25, 2018)
Win–loss record0–0
Earned run average13.50

Tyler Harrison Kinley (born January 31, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Minnesota Twins.


Miami Marlins[edit]

Kinley attended Nova High School in Davie, Florida, and Barry University, where he played college baseball for the Barry Buccaneers. The Miami Marlins selected Kinley in the 16th round of the 2013 MLB draft.[1] He was limited by injuries during his time with the Marlins organization.[2] After he signed with the Marlins, he spent the rest of the 2013 season with both the Gulf Coast Marlins of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and the Batavia Muckdogs of the Class A-Short Season New York-Penn League, pitching to a combined 0–1 win-loss record and 7.07 earned run average (ERA) in 14 innings pitched. He spent the 2014 season with the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the Class A South Atlantic League, compiling a 3–1 record and 2.70 ERA in 28 relief appearances. In 2015, Kinley played for the Jupiter Hammerheads of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League, pitching to a 1–3 record and 3.25 ERA in ​44 13 innings.[3]

In 2016, Kinley began the season with the Jacksonville Suns of the Class AA Southern League, where he pitched to a 3.96 ERA with 51 strikeouts in 50 innings.[3][4] He was then promoted to the New Orleans Zephyrs of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League, but struggled in eight appearances.[3][4] Kinley began the 2017 season Jacksonville, but pitched to a 5.19 ERA with the Jumbo Shrimp in 27 games. He was demoted to the Jupiter, where he had a 1.98 ERA.[3][4][5] Through the end of the 2017 season, Kinley had recorded 212 strikeouts in ​204 13 innings pitched in his minor league career.[4]

Minnesota Twins[edit]

After the 2017 season, the Marlins opted not to protect Kinley on their 40-man roster. Kinley then pitched for the Tigres del Licey of the Dominican Winter League, where he had a 0.47 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 19 innings pitched. The Minnesota Twins selected him from the Marlins organization in the 2017 Rule 5 draft.[6][7] Kinley made the Twins' 2018 Opening Day 25-man roster.[8] He allowed nine earned runs on nine hits, including two home runs with four strikeouts and four walks in ​3 13 innings pitched for a 24.30 ERA before he was designated for assignment on April 26.[9]

Return to the Marlins[edit]

The Twins returned Kinley to the Miami Marlins on May 1, 2018. He was assigned to New Orleans. The Marlins promoted him to the major leagues on September 4.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Kinley is the great-great grandnephew of William McKinley, the former President of the United States. After McKinley was assassinated in 1901, Kinley's ancestors changed their name to protect themselves from perceived threats.[5]


  1. ^ Rodriguez, Juan C. (June 8, 2013). "Miami Marlins pick Barry University and Nova High School product Tyler Kinley in 16th round". South Florida Sun Sentinel. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  2. ^ Berardino, Mike (March 16, 2018). "'Cressey University' gave Twins an inside track on revamped roster". Twincities.com. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "Tyler Kinley Stats, Highlights, Bio – MiLB.com Stats – The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d Mullen, Maureen (March 21, 2018). "Hard-throwing Tyler Kinley trying to land spot in Twins pen". Daily Herald. Associated Press. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Rule 5 pick Tyler Kinley makes bid to stick with Twins". StarTribune.com. March 20, 2018. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  6. ^ Velle, La (December 15, 2017). "Twins take Tyler Kinley in Rule 5 Draft, lose Burdi and Bard". StarTribune.com. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  7. ^ Bollinger, Rhett (January 20, 2016). "Twins add righty Tyler Kinley in Rule 5 Draft | Minnesota Twins". Mlb.com. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  8. ^ Miller, Phil. "Relievers Moya, Kinley get bullpen spots with Hughes sidelined". StarTribune.com. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  9. ^ Miller, Phil (April 26, 2018). "Twins designate pitcher Tyler Kinley for assignment, call up Aaron Slegers". Star-Tribune. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  10. ^ "Baby Cakes Bostick, Kinley lead next wave of Marlins September call-ups".

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