Kyle Kubitza

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Kyle Andrew Kubitza

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Third baseman Kyle Kubitza began playing in the Atlanta Braves minor league system in 2011. He was taken by the club in the 3rd round of the 2011 amateur draft, one pick after pitcher Tony Cingrani. Scouted by John Barron, his signing bonus was $261,000.

Kubitza had a solid college career, posting lines of .299/.470/.515, .358/.449/.607 and .310/.446/.558 in 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively. The Baseball Cube ranked him as the best player in the Southland Conference in 2011, as he slugged 10 home runs and swiped 16 bases.

He batted .321/.407/.475 with 52 hits in 44 games for the Danville Braves in his first professional season. He had an off year in 2012, but was named a Organization All-Star following the 2013 campaign after hitting .260/.380/.434 with 12 home runs and 57 RBI in 132 games for the Lynchburg Hillcats. He spent 2014 with the Double-A Mississippi Braves, where he hit .205/.405/.470 in 132 games. He scored 76 runs and belted 31 doubles and 11 triples, being named a MiLB Organization All-Star for the second straight year.

On January 8, 2015, he was traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim alongside Nate Hyatt for P Ricardo Sanchez. he began the season in the Pacific Coast League with the Salt Lake Bees where he hit .287 with 21 doubles in 57 games before getting the call to the Show. He made his debut with the Angels on June 10th, starting at second base against the Tampa Bay Rays. He got two hits in three at-bats, but also made a couple of key mistakes as the Angels lost, 4-2. At the end of the 2nd inning, with runners on second and third, he tried to tag out Kevin Kiermaier for the third out instead of throwing to first, and the delay allowed Nick Franklin to score. In the 3rd, after getting a single off Erasmo Ramirez in his first big league at-bat, he was thrown out attempting to go from first to third on Erick Aybar's single, killing a potential big inning.

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