As someone that used almost every facility possible during five years at Rutgers, Cincinnati Reds outfield Patrick Kivlehan knows progress when he sees it.
A mainstay in the Hale Center and practice bubble as a four-year safety under Greg Schiano, Kivlehan shifted to Bainton Field and RAC batting cages as an outfield. While Kivlehan moved on to the draft and his 2016 Major League Baseball debut, Rutgers upgraded its facilities across campus.
“Do it the right way and spend extra money, it's cool to see,” Kivlehan said. Last week. “I saw the plans for the new facilities they're building and it's going to be awesome by the time the facilities are built.”
Kivlehan returned home for Tuesday's grand opening of the Fred Hill Training Complex – an indoor practice facility for Rutgers baseball and softball. Kivlehan enjoyed batting practice, protected from a freezing rainstorm outside.
“This is obviously huge for these guys, especially with the storm, it's like the perfect example of what this facility can bring,” Kivlehan said. “Get them ready for the Miami trips, get them those live [at-bats] they need to get ready and hopefully produce some wins.”
While Kivlehan prepares for spring training as a Cincinnati Red, Rutgers baseball's “Miami trips” begin in 10 days.
A former two-sport athlete himself, Kivlehan looks forward to a sophomore season from breakout athlete Jawuan Harris.
“He's a a phenomenal athlete,” Kivlehan said. “Anyone who can do two sports here is … he's actually doing two sports here. I just transitioned. He's actually doing both. More credit to him.”