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T-Bones add High School Series

The Kansas City T-Bones have added a new High School Series at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.

Although games are played each spring at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, this is the first time the T-Bones will be hosting six individual baseball games, one softball game and the annual Bonner Springs Butch Foster Memorial Baseball Tournament. More than 20 teams will participate throughout the spring.

“This is a great opportunity for high school student-athletes to play baseball on a professional field,” said T-Bones vice president and general manager Chris Browne, in a news release. “We’re thrilled to welcome these teams and their fans, many of whom are from outside our metro area, to the T-Bones and CommunityAmerica Ballpark. Kansas City, Kansas is a tremendous destination spot, and this is a nice addition to our event schedule in 2017.”

Here are the scheduled matchups throughout the spring:

March 23 at 4:30 p.m. — Heritage Christian Academy vs. University Academy
April 6 at 4:30 p.m. — Cameron vs. Maryville
April 8 at 11:00 a.m. — Sherwood vs. Lafayette
April 21 at 4:30 p.m. — Piper vs. Bonner Springs
April 22 at 1:00 p.m. — Olathe Cyclones (USSSA) vs. Shawnee Cougars (USSSA)
April 24 at 4:30 p.m. — North Kansas City vs. Oak Park
April 26 at 4:00 p.m. — Lexington vs. Knob Noster
April 27-29 — Bonner Springs Butch Foster Memorial Baseball Tournament

Tickets for each game will be available at the gate.

Browne added that it’s possible other teams may take part this season.

“We’re still working on a few more game dates and are looking to add to our spring schedule,” he said.

Schools that would like to take part in this season’s High School Series at CommunityAmerica Ballpark may contact Kacy Muller at 913-328-5618 or kmuller@tbonesbaseball.com.

– Story from Matt Fulks, T-Bones

T-Bones add infielder and pitcher

The Kansas City T-Bones have signed Jordan Edgerton and Cody Winiarski to contracts for the 2017 season.

Edgerton, 23 (08-30-93), is a 6-foot-1 and 190-pound third baseman from Belmont, N.C. He played for Atlanta’s high-A affiliate at Carolina last season, batting .215 with 97 hits in 121 games.

The Braves selected Edgerton in the ninth round of the 2014 June MLB Draft out of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. In three seasons, Edgerton is a .239 hitter with 259 hits, 57 doubles, five triples, 11 home runs, 155 RBIs and 102 runs scored in 287 games.

“Jordan is a player that is looking to have a bounce back year and I believe he will, and will do it in Kansas City,” T-Bones manager Joe Calfapietra said.

Winiarski, 27 (08-27-89), is a 6-foot-3 and 205-pound right-handed pitcher from Union Grove, Wis. The Chicago White Sox selected Winiarski in the 36th round of the 2011 June MLB Draft out of the University of Virginia, where he pitched for the Cavaliers in the 2011 College World Series.

Winiarski spent parts of three seasons, 2013-15, at double-A Birmingham before his ’15 season came to an end in July of that year for “Tommy John” surgery. He pitched in just one game in 2016. During his five-year career, Winiarski is 4-7 with 26 saves and a 4.00 ERA in 114 games (one start). In 157 2/3 innings, Winiarski has 197 strikeouts and 60 walks.

“With Cody, I’m very excited to acquire a big piece to our bullpen,” Calfapietra said.

Additionally, the T-Bones have signed infielder Eddie Newton and outfielder Daniel Rockett, each of whom they acquired in a trade with New Jersey last week. The club announced, also, that it has released catchers Nolan Johnson and Tyler Moore.

Kansas City now has eight players — four pitchers — signed for 2017.

The T-Bones open the 2017 regular season at home on May 19 against Lincoln.

– Story from Matt Fulks, T-Bones

Open tryouts to be held for T-Bones May 5

The Kansas City T-Bones will hold open tryouts for the 2017 season on Friday morning, May 5, starting at 10 a.m. at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, Kansas City, Kan.

New T-Bones manager Joe Calfapietra will conduct the tryout, along with members of the T-Bones coaching staff, former professional players, and college coaches. “Early Bird” registration, which ends on Feb. 15, is $65 per player. Pre-registration from Feb. 16 to April 14 is $90 per player. On-site registration, which begins at 9 a.m., is $105 per player.

The coaching staff will evaluate players for a possible roster spot with the T-Bones, or to recommend for other professional teams.

“I always look forward to seeing talent that might have gotten overlooked,” Calfapietra said. “I know there is a tremendous talent pool in the Midwest and I can’t wait to tap into it.”

Last season, pitcher Travis Garcia signed out of the open tryout, joining other former T-Bones, including Beau Stoker, Kyle Dahman and Drew Graham, who were signed following the tryout.

“We have had some great luck in the past finding players that made a difference on our club,” said T-Bones vice president and general manager Chris Browne. “Eric Vega is a player that shined in our early years, and he remains a great story for KCK!”

The registration form is attached to this email, or it can be found at tbonesbaseball.com. For additional information, contact Kacy Muller at 913-328-5618 or kmuller@tbonesbaseball.com.