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T-Bones swap former White Sox farmhands and add infielder


The Kansas City T-Bones have traded infielder Marcus Lemon to the New Jersey Jackals of the Can-Am League for right-handed relief pitcher Kyle Hansen.

The team has also signed infielder J.C. Rodriguez for 2018 and announced that outfielder Chantz Mack has retired from baseball.

Kyle Hansen joins the T-Bones from New Jersey of the CAN-AM League, where the Oyster Bay, New York, native spent the last week of the 2017 season after being traded from Trois-Rivieres on Aug. 25.

Hansen appeared in four games with the Jackals with a 4.50 ERA in four innings of relief. In 17 games with Trois-Rivieres he went 3-0 with a 1.56 ERA in 17 games out of the pen, totaling 17.1 innings with 25 strikeouts. Hansen saved eight games combined last season.

Hansen was a sixth-round pick by the Chicago White Sox in 2012 out of St. John’s University. In five seasons with the White Sox organization, the right-hander went 20-17 with a 4.16 ERA in 119 games with 20 starts over 249.0 innings of work.

Hansen struck out 241 over the five seasons in affiliated ball, reaching AA Birmingham in 2015 and 2016. Hansen began his independent career with Long Island of the Atlantic League after his release from Chicago, going 1-2 over 16 relief innings to finish the 2016 season.

Marcus Lemon spent one season with Kansas City, playing in 98 games and hitting .265 with eight home runs and 45 RBI for the T-Bones. Lemon spent the majority of the 2016 season at AA Birmingham for the Chicago White Sox. He also spent 17 games at AAA Charlotte in the International League.

Lemon was the fourth-round pick by the Texas Rangers in the 2006 June MLB Amateur Draft out of Eustis High School. He’s played for four major-league organizations including Texas, Atlanta, Detroit and Chicago.

The T-Bones signed switch-hitting infielder J.C. Rodriguez, a former New York Mets minor leaguer, who spent seven seasons in the Mets system. He is a career .242 hitter in 579 games with 19 home runs and 197 RBI with 74 stolen bases. In the field Rodriguez has a career fielding percentage of .961.

In 2017 Rodriguez spent 127 games at high A St. Lucie in the Florida State League, hitting .214 with four homers and 40 RBI. Rodriguez added 16 stolen bases while playing 118 games at shortstop with a .937 fielding percentage. He began the season playing three games a AA Binghamton in the Eastern League.

Rodriguez, a native of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, was signed as an 18-year-old in 2011 and spent the first two seasons in the Dominican Summer League with the Mets. He made his state side debut with the Mets Gulf Coast club in 2013 and made the steady climb up the New York organization ladder.

In 2014 with Kingsport in the Appalachian League, Rodriguez hit .312 in 49 games, and at low A Savannah in the South Atlantic League, he played in 112 games with a .254 average in 2015. In 2016 he appeared in a career-high 124 games at Columbia in the Sally League, hitting .237.

The Kansas City T-Bones signed Chantz Mack on June 5 and inserted him immediately into the lineup. On his first night against Wichita he went deep and went 3-for-4 with a double and a pair of RBI.

Mack, who was born in Miami, Florida, was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 29th round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft from the University of Miami. In his only “indy” ball season, Mack hit .247 in 80 games with 10 home runs and 48 RBI in 2017.

Full and half-season ticket packages for 2018, flex plans and group ticket sales are now on sale online at tbonesbaseball.com or by calling 913-328-5618 or visiting in person the T-Bones Stadium Box Office.

– Story from T-Bones

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Want to play baseball for the T-Bones? Open tryouts to be May 5

The Kansas City T-Bones will hold open tryouts for the 2018 season on Saturday, May 5, starting at noon sharp at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas.

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-April 14 is $90 per player. On-site registration, which begins at 11 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. Tryouts may consist of the following:
Position Players- Timed 60-yard dash (speed graded), Fielding (throwing and defense graded), and Hitting. Pitchers- Throw Bullpen, may consist of live game situations (control, velocity, and command graded)
**Bring any equipment (gloves, baseball attire, catcher’s gear, etc)**

“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.”

In 2016, 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.”

In case of rain or inclement weather, tryouts may be moved indoors on May 5 or rescheduled for Sunday, May 6. Check www.tbonesbaseball.com, Kansas City T-Bones Facebook page, and @tbonesbaseball on Twitter for updates. There will be no refunds, according to the T-Bones.

To register for the 2018 Kansas City T-Bones open tryout, or for additional information, contact Kacy Muller at 913-328-5618 or kmuller@tbonesbaseball.com.

– Story from T-Bones

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T-Bones trade right-handed pitcher; acquire first baseman and left-handed pitcher

The Kansas City T-Bones have traded right-handed pitcher Matt Sergey to the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League for outfielder David Harris and traded Harris to New Jersey for first baseman-designated hitter Art Charles and left-handed pitcher Jose Jose, adding a pair of solid veterans to the T-Bones roster.

Art Charles is an eight-year minor league veteran who spent the 2017 season with three different clubs. He began the season at AA Biloxi in the Southern League for the Milwaukee Brewers organization, hitting .176 in 43 games before his release.

Charles then signed with the Vaqueros Laguna of the AAA Mexican League, blasting 10 home runs in with 21 RBI in 26 games and wound up closing the year with New Jersey in the Can-Am League, hitting .295 with four homers and 20 RBI in 12 games.

Charles was named the Independent Player of the year in 2016 by Baseball America after he hit .352 in 96 games with 29 home runs and 101 RBI for the New Jersey Jackals.

The Jackals were led by current T-Bones manager Joe Calfapietra during the triple-crown-producing season for Charles. He won the league batting title by 11 points and was 22 RBI ahead of the next closest pursuer in the league in 2016.

Charles was signed with the Cincinnati Reds organization following his monster season with New Jersey but was acquired by the Milwaukee Brewers in the Triple-A Rule 5 draft before the 2017 season.

Charles was drafted three times, originally signed by the Baltimore Orioles in the 33rd round in 2008, again by the Kansas City Royals in the 39th round in 2009, and by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 20th round in 2010. He signed with and reported to the Gulf Coast Rookie League in 2010. Charles is a career .253 hitter with 115 home runs with 448 RBI, reaching as high as AAA in 2017 in Mexico.

Left-hander Jose Jose was a free agent signing of the Arizona Diamondbacks where he spent parts of five seasons, reaching high A. He also spent another two seasons with the Miami Marlins, reaching AAA before spending the last two seasons with New Jersey in the Can-Am League.

In 2017 Jose made 21 relief appearances with a 2.30 ERA in 27.1 innings. He struck out 31 batters with New Jersey and went 0-4 overall. In 2016 he saved five games in 29.2 innings with a 2.43 ERA going 2-2.

Jose has career 13-23 record with a 3.03 ERA in 291.1 innings in the minor leagues. He has struck out 346 batters over his eight seasons with 16 saves. He also was managed by Joe Calfapietra in New Jersey in 2016.

Matt Sergey was signed by Kansas City on June 20, 2017, after his release from the Oakland Athletics organization. The right-hander went 5-4 with a 3.30 ERA in 76.1 innings with 80 strike outs.

Sergey tossed the first no-hitter in T-Bones history on July 27,, a 2-1 walkoff win over Texas. He walked two and struck out 10 in the win. The game would earn Sergey the pitcher of the week honors in the American Association.

Sergey also made history for Kansas City on July 15th when he entered in relief for the T-Bones at Shaw Park in Winnipeg. Sergey, who pitched two days earlier in Fargo as a starter as a right-hander, worked in relief as a left-handed pitcher. A wild pitch on an intentional walk scored the winning run for the Goldeyes and ended the longest regular season game in American Association history with a score of 12-11 in 14 innings, lasting five hours and 25 minutes.

David Harris spent 2017 with Schaumburg in the Frontier League, hitting .344 in 76 games with 13 home runs and 65 RBI for the Boomers. He is a former Toronto Blue Jays farm hand, spending four seasons in the organization and hitting .254 in 221 games.

Full and half-season ticket packages for 2018, flex plans and group ticket sales are now on sale online or by calling 913-328-5618 or visiting in person the T-Bones Stadium Box Office.

– Information from T-Bones

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