Kaczmarski Called Up by Mets
Waterloo, IA – Former Waterloo Bucks outfielder Kevin Kaczmarski was called up to the big leagues Friday by the New York Mets. Kaczmarski becomes the 15th former Buck to make it to the show and joins Kansas City Royals infielder Ryan Goins and Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Dan Jennings as former Bucks who are active Major Leaguers.
Kaczmarski, who played with Waterloo in 2012 & 2014, started this season in the Single-A Florida State League with the St. Lucie Mets before being promoted to the Las Vegas 51s of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. This season in the minors, Kaczmarski is hitting a combined .346 with 11 RBI and three stolen bases.
A product of the University of Evansville, Kaczmarski garnered Roth Jewelers Player of the Year Awards in both of his seasons with the Bucks. In two years with Waterloo, Kaczmarski hit .339 in 102 games, compiling 16 home runs, 95 RBI, and 22 stolen bases. His 16 home runs are tied for the second most in Bucks history, while his four triples in 2012 were the fourth-most hit in a single season for the ballclub. Kaczmarski was taken by the Mets in the 9th round with the 269th overall pick in the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft.
Kaczmarski is the second former Buck to be called up to the Majors this season, following Eric Stout who was promoted by the Kansas City Royals in April. Below is a list of former Bucks who have made it to the Majors.
|PLAYER||MLB DEBUT||DEBUT TEAM||SEASONS WITH BUCKS|
|Matt Cepicky||7/31/2002||Montreal Expos||1997|
|Wes Obermueller||9/20/2002||Kansas City Royals||1996|
|Jeff Duncan||5/20/2003||New York Mets||1998|
|Jimmy Journell||6/29/2003||St. Louis Cardinals||1997|
|Clint Barmes||9/5/2003||Colorado Rockies||1999-2000|
|Tim Gradoville||None**||Philadelphia Phillies||2001|
|Curtis Thigpen||6/6/2007||Toronto Blue Jays||2002|
|Willie Collazo||9/5/2007||New York Mets||1999|
|Dan Jennings*||4/30/2012||Miami Marlins||2006-07|
|Evan Reed||5/16/2013||Detroit Tigers||2005|
|Ryan Goins*||8/23/2013||Toronto Blue Jays||2008|
|James Jones||4/18/2014||Seattle Mariners||2008|
|Cameron Perkins||6/20/2017||Philadelphia Phillies||2011|
|Eric Stout||4/25/2018||Kansas City Royals||2013|
|Kevin Kaczmarski*||New York Mets||2012 & 2014|
The Bucks are currently on a six-game road trip but return home for a four-game homestand on Monday, June 25 as they face the Bismarck Larks at 6:35 pm at Cost Cutters Field at Riverfront Stadium where the team welcomed a new state of the art video board in 2016 thanks to a matching grant from the Black Hawk County Gaming Association. Team ownership has invested more than $170,000 in improvements since the end of the 2014 season including painted bleachers, public Wi-Fi, sound system, group outing areas, kids zone inflatables, and concessions equipment. Fans are encouraged to stay in touch with the Bucks by utilizing their website at www.waterloobucks.com or utilizing the Northwoods League Mobile App. Tickets are now on sale by calling the Bucks’ Ticket Line at 319-232-5633.
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