Former Bear Mike Kickham Set to Make Big League Debut With Giants
May 28, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Former Missouri State baseball standout Mike Kickham became the 15th Bear to receive a call up to big leagues Tuesday when the San Francisco Giants made the move official by promoting the Springfield native to their 25-man Major League roster. A left-handed pitcher, Kickham is expected to make his debut for the defending World Series champions this evening when they take on Oakland at 9:05 p.m. (Central) at O.co Coliseum.
Kickham, rated as the Giants' fifth-best prospect by Baseball America, had gone 3-4 with a 4.33 earned run average over his first 10 starts of the season with Triple-A Fresno in the Pacific Coast League, striking out 54 in 54.0 innings of work for the Grizzlies. Last season, the Glendale High product went 11-10 with a 3.05 ERA in 28 appearances at Class AA Richmond.
Prior to being selected by San Francisco in the sixth round (198th overall) of the 2010 MLB Draft, Kickham went 4-9 with a 5.25 ERA in his one season at Missouri State, striking out 103 batters in 96.0 innings to rank among the school's all-time single-season leaders in each category en route to earning MSU's Dave Dickensheet Outstanding Pitcher Award.
Kickham also becomes the first Bear to receive a Major League promotion since Brett Sinkbeil's call-up by the Marlins in September 2010. The 24-year-old is the 10th Bear to crack a big league roster in the last 11 years and the 12th MSU player overall to reach the majors under current head coach Keith Guttin.