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The Kansas City T-Bones have acquired relief pitcher Jonathan Kountis from Washington of the Frontier League in exchange for pitchers Andy Noga and Hamilton Bennett, and a player to be determined later.

Kountis, 26, is a 6-foot-3 and 215-pound right hander from Akron, Ohio. Last season with Washington, Kountis was selected as the Frontier League’s Relief Pitcher of the Year after going 1-4 with 32 saves and a 2.51 ERA in 41 appearances.

He had 50 strikeouts with 10 walks in 43 innings. The New York Mets selected Kountis in the 19th round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft out of Embry-Riddle University.

During five professional seasons in the Mets and Toronto minor-league systems, plus four teams in the independent Frontier League and American Association, including 2012 at Lake Erie with current T-Bones manager John Massarelli, Kountis is 9-14 with 53 saves and a 4.09 ERA in 123 games. He has struck out 211 and walked 89 in 195 2/3 innings.

“Jonathan brings a power arm to the back end of the bullpen,” Massarelli said. “Royals fans know how important that can be.”

In 2014 with Kansas City, Noga went 2-6 with a 4.67 ERA in 23 appearances (17 starts). Bennett, whom the T-Bones signed midway through the 2014 season, had no decisions with a 10.06 ERA in 19 2/3 innings.
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The Kansas City T-Bones announced they have signed Garrett Granitz and Joe Rapp to contracts for the 2015 season.

Granitz, 28, is a 6-foot-2 and 195-pound right-handed relief pitcher out of Sun Prairie, Wis. He’s played four professional seasons, all in independent leagues, most recently with Rio Grande Valley of United League Baseball.

In 34 appearances in 2014 with Rio Grande, Granitz went 1-0 with a 1.45 ERA. In 31 innings he struck out 22 and walked 15. Granitz has a 7-5 record and 2.89 ERA in 100 professional games.

“Garrett is a submarine pitcher who will scrape his knuckles on the CommunityAmerica Ballpark turf,” said T-Bones manager John Massarelli. “He’ll come out of the bullpen and hopefully make it tough for right-handed hitters to elevate the ball.”

Rapp, 24, is a 6-foot-2 and 225-pound first baseman-outfielder from Sarasota, Fla. He spent the first two seasons of his professional career in the San Francisco Giants organization after the club selected him in the 28th round of the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft out of the University of Louisiana-Monroe.

He played last season for the Greys of the Frontier League, where he batted .256 with 95 hits, including 19 home runs and 55 RBIs. In three professional seasons, Rapp is a .264 hitter with 36 homers, 151 RBIs and 134 runs scored.

“Joe was on our radar last spring when he left the Giants organization, but we didn’t have a roster spot at the time,” Massarelli said. “So he spent last season in the Frontier League and put up solid numbers.”

The T-Bones open the 2015 regular season at home on May 22 against Lincoln.

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The Kansas City T-Bones have announced their 100-game schedule for the 2015 season.

The biggest change in 2015 is that the season will start and end one week later than it did in 2014. Last season the club opened on May 15, which was the earliest opening day in T-Bones history.

“I am glad for next year’s later Memorial Day,” said T-Bones president Adam Ehlert. “That is typically a great opening weekend, but as our hearty fans will attest, starting earlier like we did last year made for chilly baseball in May.”
The T-Bones open the season with a three-game series at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan., against rival Lincoln on Memorial Day weekend, May 22. That series, which is part of a six-game homestand, concludes with fireworks following Sunday night’s game. After having Memorial Day off, the T-Bones will finish their opening homestand with three games against Sioux City.

As has become a tradition for the T-Bones, the team will be at home on July 4 as it plays host to Gary SouthShore as part of a seven-game homestand.

“Memorial Day and Fourth of July are two traditional baseball holidays,” T-Bones vice president-general manager Chris Browne said. “We’re thrilled to host games on these weekends with our award-winning fireworks. It’s a great way to show off America’s national pastime.”

The T-Bones will have two eight-game homestands, their longest in 2015. The first is July 19-26 against Gary SouthShore and Winnipeg. The second is the home finale, Aug. 27-Sept. 3, against St. Paul and Laredo. Although the T-Bones don’t travel to every city in the league, all 12 American Association teams will visit CommunityAmerica Ballpark, including the newest addition, Joplin, which is one of three teams — including Amarillo and Fargo-Moorhead — that will come to Kansas City twice. The Blasters are scheduled to be at CommunityAmerica Ballpark for three games during Aug. 5-7 and three during Aug. 21-23.

The T-Bones will not be the host of any interleague games with the Can-Am League, but Kansas City will travel to the northeast for 10 games against Can-Am teams from July 22-Aug. 1. The American Association will announce at a later date the T-Bones’ opponents for those games.

The month-by-month breakdown of the 50 home games: May (6), June (9), July (15), August (17) and September (3).

Full season and nightly promotions will be announced this winter.

Full and half-season ticket packages, as well as mini-plans are on sale now. Group ticket packages will be available later this year. Single-game tickets will go on sale to Wyandotte County residents on March 24, 2015, and to the public on March 26. Parking for T-Bones games will remain free in 2015.

For more information or to order season tickets for next season, call 913-328-5640.

The complete 100-game schedule can be seen at www.tbonesbaseball.com/schedule.

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