LA Angels is pleased to feature Angels’ rookie reliever Michael Kohn as a guest blogger.

My path to the Big Leagues was different than most. For most of my college career, I played shortstop having always been a position player.  But things changed during my senior year at College of Charleston.

At practice one day, I asked my coach if I could take the mound and throw a few pitches.  They thought I was joking at first but then figured they’d give me a shot.  After throwing about 10 fastballs, they walked over and asked me when was the last time a radar gun had clocked me. I told them I was around 86mph during my sophomore year of high school.

The coaches laughed telling me that I had just thrown 95mph. From that point forward, I was a pitcher going on to throw 11 innings as the closer during my senior year.

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You can also listen to Kohn talk about his rookie year and the post-season with AM830’s Roger Lodge in our Interview Archive section.

Michael Kohn is a relief pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In his first season in the Majors he appeared in 24 games posting a 2-0, 2.11 ERA record with 20 strikeouts in 21 innings.

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