Luers Grad Kiermaier Shining In Rookie Season For Rays

DETROIT, Mich. – As the 941st overall pick in the 2010 MLB draft, Kevin Kiermaier isn’t supposed to be in the big leagues. However, the 31st-round pick is shining in his rookie season for the Tampa Bay Rays as the team’s starting right fielder and leading hitter.
Kiermaier, who made his MLB debut in game 163 last season for the Rays, started the 2014 season at Triple-A Durham. After playing one game for the MLB club in mid-April, Kiermaier was called up for good in mid-May and hasn’t stopped hitting. The lefty is batting a team-best .290 for the Rays. He’s also hit seven home runs in 39 games – a big total for a player who hit just 15 home runs in 4-plus seasons in the minors.
Known for his speed and defense, Kiermaier has become a regular on highlight shows with his glove, and has twice been the no. 1 play on ESPN’s SportsCenter this season for amazing catches.
Kiermaier won a state title in 2008 as a senior at Bishop Luers, then played two years of baseball at Parkland Community College before being drafted by the Rays.

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