The Mariners selected Rutgers University shortstop Patrick Kivlehan with the third pick of the fourth round (131st overall). Kivlehan is an interesting story. He's a former football player for the Scarlet Knights (strong safety), who decided after four years he wanted to give baseball one more chance. In that one chance, he earned Big East player of the year honors, winning the league's triple crown. He hit .410 with 10 home runs and 36 RBI in league games. A third baseman, he won the weekly league honors four times.
Here's a good story on his transition.
From the Rutgers press release ...
“Patrick winning BIG EAST Player of the Year is just an amazing accomplishment as far as I’m concerned,” said Fred Hill, who is in his 29th season as head coach. “Not having played baseball in four years and to do the things he did is a testament to his hard work. He was also a lifesaver for our team because one of our better players, Russ Hopkins, was injured the day before practice started and he picked up right where Russ left off. He’s got to be very proud of himself, the coaches certainly are proud of his accomplishment.”
Kivlehan, who joined the team after playing in the Rutgers football program for the last four seasons, won the first league triple crown in BIG EAST history with a .410 batting average, 10 home runs and 36 RBIs in 27 conference games. He also won the overall batting (.399) and home run (14) titles, while having the highest slugging (.710) and on-base percentages (.484) in 49 total contests throughout the year. The former defensive back additionally finished third in the conference with 24 stolen bases.
The third baseman took home four weekly league honors during the course of the season, including the BIG EAST Player of the Week on March 26 after collecting seven hits and reaching base safely in 12-of-15 plate appearances against Seton Hall in the first conference series. He was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on April 2, April 30 and May 14.
During the season, Kivlehan recorded 24 multiple-hit games, including three contests with four knocks. He currently has reached base safely in the last 26 games, adding 14 games with at least two RBIs. Rutgers has gone 23-15 since the third baseman took over the cleanup spot in the order on March 18 at Stetson.