ANDREW KAINER SIGNS FREE AGENT CONTRACT WITH FLORIDA MARLINS
June 26, 2009
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington's Andrew Kainer broke the Southland Conference hitting streak record as a senior, and now he will enter professional baseball as a left-handed pitcher after signing a free agent contract with the Florida Marlins on Friday afternoon in Jupiter, Fla. Kainer (Conroe, Texas), a 6-foot-2, 215 pound utility player, becomes the fourth Maverick pitcher to ink a deal with a Major League Baseball organization since the June Draft.
Fellow seniors, Nathan Long (Oakland, 26th round), Andy Sauter (Milwaukee, Free Agent) and Matt Otteman (Seattle, Free Agent) are also currently in minor league organizations after pitching for the Mavs this season.
The Marlins signed Kainer after watching him throw a bullpen earlier this week in the Conroe area, as Kainer threw fastballs that were consistently clocked in the 90-92 MPH range. The Marlins flew Kainer to Jupiter, Fla., where he signed his contract on Friday and will now join their Rookie League club.
Kainer made two appearances on the mound and threw just one inning with one strikeout this season. His .417 batting average was third in the Southland Conference this season and now ranks third in UT Arlington single-season history. Kainer also recorded 85 hits, a school-record 23 doubles, five home runs and 46 RBI in 2009.
His two appearances on the mound both came during the Mavs' February portion of their season. From early March to May, Kainer was busy breaking the UT Arlington and Southland Conference hitting streak records. The UTA record of 26 games (set by Clay Gould in 1993) was matched earlier this season by Otteman with a 26-game streak, and the SLC record of 34 games was set in the 1996 season by Nicholls' Brett Lockwood. Kainer's record-breaking streak ended at 36 games on May 9 against Lamar.
During his streak, Kainer had the longest hitting streak in the NCAA Division I (as of May 9) and now ranks just outside of the top 12 streaks in the history of the NCAA. Kainer batted .455 (66-for-145) with 29 runs, 19 doubles, three home runs, 35 RBI, nine walks and 13 stolen bases.
Kainer finished his UT Arlington career ranked third on the all-time career batting average list (.373). In two seasons at UTA, Kainer had 121 base hits, 34 doubles, eight homers, 72 RBI and 16 stolen bases.
The UT Arlington baseball program has now had 30 Major League Baseball draft or free agent selections since 2001 - including 18 pitchers - which have all been coached by UT Arlington head coach Darin Thomas.