Michael Thomas Kohn
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6', Weight 200 lb.
- School University of South Carolina-Upstate, College of Charleston
- High School Camden (SC) High School
- Debut July 26, 2010
Michael Kohn came to the big leagues in 2010.
Kohn hit .390 in 2006 as a college sophomore at USC-Upstate. Transferring to the College of Charleston, he hit .312/.429/.618 with 42 RBI and 32 walks in 54 games. As a senior, he put up a .310/.437/.563 line with 46 walks and 51 RBI in 40 games; he was 0-1 with 4 saves and a 2.08 ERA in limited time on the mound. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim took him in the 13th round of the 2008 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Chris McAlpin and made his pro debut that summer.
The Angels decided to use Kohn as a pitcher despite having spent most of his college career at the plate. He dazzled with the 2008 Orem Owlz, holding opponents to a .134 average and striking out 44 in 23 1/3 innings. He was 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA.
Kohn split 2009 between the Cedar Rapids Kernels (4-1, 6 Sv, 2.19 in 28 G, .160 opponent average, 60 K in 37 IP) and the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (2-0, 3 Sv, 0.94, 43 K in 28 2/3 IP, .141 average allowed). His 14.12 K per 9 innings ranked 5th among minor league relievers.
Michael split the first half of 2010 between the Arkansas Travelers (2-2, 3 Sv, 2.45, .194 opponent average in 15 G) and the Salt Lake Bees (3-2, 8 Sv, 1.95, .170 opponent average in 26 G). He was then called up to the parent club to replace Trevor Bell. He became the fourth major leaguer from the College of Charleston, following Fritz Von Kolnitz, Jason Gilfillan and Brett Gardner.
In his MLB debut, the right-hander relieved Fernando Rodney with a 4-3 deficit to open the 9th against the Red Sox. Mike Cameron drew a leadoff walk from Kohn then Eric Patterson popped up a bunt. Marco Scutaro singled Cameron over, then J.D. Drew cracked a 2-run double. Rich Thompson relieved the ineffective Kohn.