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The Kansas City T-Bones have signed veteran Nate Tenbrink to a contract for the 2015 season.

Tenbrink, 28 (12-21-86), is a 6-foot-2 and 210-pound utility player from Olathe, Kan.

Tenbrink has spent the majority of the past two seasons with Tacoma, the Seattle Mariners’ triple-A club.

During that time, in 147 games, Tenbrink batted .263 with 133 hits, 17 home runs and 72 RBIs. Seattle selected Tenbrink in the seventh round of the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Kansas State University.

“Nate is a power left-handed bat who will hit in the middle of our lineup,” said T-Bones manager John Massarelli.

In seven professional seasons, Tenbrink, who’s played every defensive position except catcher and pitcher, is a .272 hitter with 532 hits, 103 doubles, 31 triples, 61 home runs, 279 RBIs, 92 stolen bases and 343 runs scored.

Tenbrink is a product of Olathe Northwest High School. He is the fourth player from the Greater Kansas City area signed by the T-Bones for next season, joining Adam Bailey from Overland Park, Kan., Jake Blackwood from Kansas City, Mo., and Kyle Gehrs from Grain Valley, Mo.

The T-Bones open the 2015 regular season at home on May 22 against Lincoln.
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The Kansas City T-Bones announced they have signed rookie Alex Marquez to a contract for the 2015 season.

Marquez, 22 (12-10-92), is a 5-foot-11 and 190-pound catcher from Maunabo, Puerto Rico.

He played in 13 games in 2014 with Auburn, the Washington Nationals’ low-A club, and batted .154 with four hits and scored two runs. Marquez is a career .173 hitter with 48 hits, 48 walks, and 23 RBIs.

Defensively, Marquez has a .986 fielding percentage, catching in 104 games. He has thrown out 42 runners for a 24 percent caught stealing percentage.

“Alex is a solid defender who will compete for a spot in spring training,” said T-Bones manager John Massarelli.

Marquez has spent the majority of his professional career in the Kansas City Royals’ organization.

The Royals selected Marquez in the 29th round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft at the age of 17 out of Alfonso Casta Martinez High School. In four minor-league seasons with the Royals, Marquez reached single-A Lexington in 2013.

The T-Bones open the 2015 regular season at home on May 22 against Lincoln.
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The T-Bones are in need of host families for players for the 2015 season. Families should live in either Wyandotte or Johnson County.

Host families provide room and board for T-Bones players throughout each baseball season, from late April through early September, according to a T-Bones spokesman. Families are expected to offer each player his own living space, meals and a comfortable environment for the duration of his stay.

For more information or to request a host family application, email Crystal (McQuain) Collins at cmcquain@tbonesbaseball.com.

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