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Full Name: Kevin Ford Mench Primary Position: OF,LF,RF
Height/Weight: 6' 0"/215 First Game: April 9, 2002
Birthdate: January 7, 1978 MLB Experience: 5 years
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Kevin Mench (Kevin Ford Mench) was born on January 7, 1978 in Wilmington, Delaware. He made his Major League debut on April 9, 2002 for the Texas Rangers. In 2002, his rookie year, he hit .260 with 15 home runs and 60 RBI. Mench played for the Texas Rangers and Milwaukee Brewers over the course of his 5 year career.

Most people believe that Kevin Mench's best season was 2005, when he slugged 25 home runs and knocked in 73 runs.

The consensus around Major League Baseball is that he has the largest head in the game, size 8. In fact, his teammates on the Rangers went so far as to create a green Shrek helmet for him to wear, although Major League Baseball would not allow him to do so. He is one of the most popular Rangers players among fans, and especially with the sports media, and frequently gives interviews. However, he was not so popular with Blue Jays fans after hitting Roy Halladay with a line drive, which left the ace pitcher injured for the rest of the 2005 season.

In his rookie year, 2002, Mench hit 15 home runs, tied for third among rookies, and drove in 60 runs. He finished 7th in the American League Rookie of the Year balloting. After an injury-plagued 2003, Mench responded in 2004 by setting career bests in batting average (.279), home runs (26), RBI (71) and slugging average (.539). He followed that up by posting similar numbers in 2005, though in 25 more games.

On June 30th, 2005, Kevin Mench hit 3 home runs in a single game against the Los Angeles Angels.

On April 26 of 2006, Kevin Mench became the 19th player in Major League History to hit a home run in at least six straight games. The streak started, oddly, not too long after Mench discovered that a recurring toe injury was due to a shoe problem – he had been wearing size 12 shoes since his teenage years but discovered his actual shoe size was 12 1/2. The discovery of this shoe problem has allowed Kevin Mench to fulfill many baseball writers shining expectations of him, including those of former Mets GM Steve Phillips and analyst Omid Sarmad. ESPN also voted him as a candidate for "breakout player of the year."

On April 28, Kevin Mench extended his home run streak to seven straight games, shattering his own franchise record with the Texas Rangers, and setting an all-time record for right-handed batters. The current record for most consecutive games with a home run is 8, held by Dale Long, Don Mattingly, and Ken Griffey Jr.

On July 28, 2006, just three days before Major League Baseball's non-waiver trade deadline, Mench as traded from Texas (along with RP Francisco Cordero and OF Lance Nix) to the Milwaukee Brewers for OF Carlos Lee and minor league OF Nelson Cruz.

Scouting Report

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
2002 TEX A 110 366 52 95 15 60 .260 .327 .448 20 2 31 83 8 2 1 0 4
2003 TEX A 38 125 15 40 2 11 .320 .381 .464 12 0 10 17 3 0 1 0 2
2004 TEX A 125 438 69 122 26 71 .279 .335 .539 30 3 33 63 6 0 0 2 6
2005 TEX A 150 557 71 147 25 73 .264 .328 .469 33 3 50 68 5 0 4 4 6
2006 TEX A 87 320 36 91 12 50 .284 .338 .459 18 1 23 42 4 0 1 5 4
2006 MIL N 40 126 9 29 1 18 .230 .248 .317 6 1 4 17 0 0 0 0 4
2006 Total 127 446 45 120 13 68 .269 .313 .419 24 2 27 59 4 0 1 5 8
2007 MIL N 101 288 39 77 8 37 .267 .305 .441 20 3 16 21 1 0 3 2 3
Total NL 141 414 48 106 9 55 .256 .288 .403 26 4 20 38 1 0 3 2 7
Total AL 510 1806 243 495 80 265 .274 .335 .480 113 9 147 273 26 2 7 11 22
Total 651 2220 291 601 89 320 .271 .326 .465 139 13 167 311 27 2 10 13 29

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
2002 TEX A OF 106 96 863.2 191 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .990
2002 TEX A DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2002 TEX A RF 62 47 445 106 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .991
2002 TEX A CF 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2002 TEX A LF 57 49 416.2 85 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .989
2003 TEX A LF 34 30 267 56 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .983
2003 TEX A CF 3 3 18 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2003 TEX A OF 35 33 288 59 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .984
2003 TEX A RF 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2004 TEX A OF 109 102 900.1 213 7 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 .995
2004 TEX A DH 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2004 TEX A RF 62 60 500.2 127 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2004 TEX A CF 5 5 37.1 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2004 TEX A LF 53 37 362.1 73 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .987
2005 TEX A OF 148 144 1290.2 290 8 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 .987
2005 TEX A CF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2005 TEX A LF 119 108 978.1 230 8 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 .992
2005 TEX A DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2005 TEX A RF 41 36 311.1 60 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .968
2006 TEX A RF 57 57 488.2 112 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2006 TEX A LF 17 15 130.2 16 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .944
2006 TEX A OF 72 72 619.1 128 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .992
2006 TEX A DH 15 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2006 MIL N OF 38 31 277 64 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .985
2006 MIL N LF 38 31 277 64 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .985
2006 Total LF 55 46 407.2 80 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .976
2006 Total OF 110 103 896.1 192 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .990
2007 MIL N OF 78 65 597.1 111 6 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 .983
2007 MIL N LF 51 44 377.2 56 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2007 MIL N RF 33 21 219.2 56 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .967
Total DH 33 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total RF 257 221 1968.1 461 11 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 .990
Total LF 369 314 2809.2 579 21 7 5 0 0 0 0 0 .988
Total CF 10 8 58.1 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total OF 586 543 4836.1 1056 33 12 9 0 0 0 0 0 .989

Transactions

  • Selected by Texas Rangers in the 4th round of the free-agent draft (June 2, 1999 - signed June 16, 1999).
  • Traded by Texas Rangers with Laynce Nix, Francisco Cordero and Julian Cordero to Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for Carlos Lee and Nelson Cruz (July 28, 2006).

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