Former Hoosier Mahar Joins Texas Rangers
May 16, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind - Former Indiana outfielder Kevin Mahar was called up to Major League Baseball's Texas Rangers on Wednesday, May 16, becoming the 22nd former Hoosier to make it to the big leagues and the second this season. Mahar, who had just recently been promoted to Triple-A, joined the Rangers after outfielder Brad Wilkerson was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Mahar joins Colorado Rockies hurler Zach McClellan as former Indiana baseball players currently in the majors. Mahar has posted a .278 average and four home runs this season at Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Oklahoma. In 11 games with the RedHawks over the last couple weeks, Mahar has posted a .349 average with one home run, five RBIs and 10 runs. In 2006, Mahar hit .267 with 20 longballs and 82 RBIs for Frisco.
In three years for the Hoosiers, Mahar posted a .323 average and drilled 17 homers. His final season, 2004, was by far his finest, as he clubbed 14 home runs, drove in 52 and hit .359. Mahar's .652 slugging percentage led the team and he also stole eight bases. Mahar was named second team All-Big Ten and following the season he signed with the Ranger organization.
McClellan was called up to the Rockies on Monday, April 16, and has thrown 14 innings on the season. He earned his first major league victory on May 7 against Cincinnati, when the Rockies scored the winning run in the top of the ninth. McClellan has a 5.79 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 12 games this year.
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