Sunday, June 17, 2012
WSC Birth Years: Josh Kinney
Born: March 31, 1979
Josh signed with the White Sox on January 9, 2011 and stood out in Spring Training, but couldn't pitch his way into a roster spot on a mostly set bullpen by the time the club broke for the regular season. As with most players that make a positive impression in the spring, he was asked to stick in the organization for the opportunity to be brought up later in the year.
Kinney found his opportunity, just in a way that he couldn't have imagined. When pitcher Philip Humber was hit in the head by a line drive, Josh found himself called up to the parent club. After thirteen appearances, he had given up thirteen earned runs in seventeen and two-thirds innings for a Rubenesque 6.62 ERA. Kinney became a free agent after the 2011 season and signed a minor league deal with the Seattle Mariners for 2012.