Less than seven weeks after having signed a major league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, Camden native Michael Kohn was signed to a minor league contract by the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.
The deal, which includes an invitation to the Braves’ major league spring training camp, was first reported on Twitter by Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Kohn originally signed with the Rays on Oct. 16 but was designated off the 40-man roster. After gaining his release from Tampa Bay, he became a free agent again and decided to sign with Atlanta after several teams made inquiries as to obtaining his services.
A 2004 Camden High graduate, Kohn was an infielder for Denny Beckley’s Bulldogs and also played for the Kershaw County American Legion Post 17 baseball team, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound right-hander was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 13th round of the 2008 MLB Draft after having pitched collegiately at the College of Charleston.
Kohn was brought up to the major leagues on July 26, 2010 and, to this point, spent his entire career with the Angels. He sat out the entire 2012 season due to having undergone Tommy John surgery on his pitching arm. The reliever threw to a 3.52 ERA in 88 appearances the past two seasons. He is 5-6 with a 3.67 ERA and averages 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings pitched in his major league career.