LHP Michael Kickham made his major league debut last night for the San Francisco Giants and was unable to get out of the 3rd inning against the Oakland A’s. Kickham, the #5 organizational prospect (Baseball America) for the Giants, was called up to fill in for the injured Ryan Vogelsong. He went 2 1/3 innings, allowing 4 ER on 4 hits, 4 BB and 3 K’s.
Vogelsong went down when he was hit by a pitch in a game against Washington last week. A solid starter for the last two seasons, the 35-year old Vogelsong had struggled badly this entire season before putting up 5 strong innings against the Nationals. Then came the HBP and Vogelsong went on the DL with a broken bone in his hand.
Kickham was 3-4 for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies in 10 starts. Over 54 IP in the PCL he had given up 58 hits with 22 BB and 54 K’s. A 10th round draft pick out of Missouri St. in 2010, Kickham is regarded as having one of the organization’s best arms and he has risen quickly through the system. Baseball America’s scouting report notes that Kickham needs to throw strikes, and on Tuesday night he got behind to the A’s hitters, then was punished when he went into the strike zone.