Veteran infielder joins T-Bones

The Kansas City T-Bones have signed 10-year minor league veteran infielder Carlos Franco for the 2019 season.

Carlos Franco joins the T-Bones after blasting 36 home runs combined over the last two seasons in the Atlanta Braves organization.

The left-handed batting corner infielder spent the 2018 season with the AAA Gwinnett Stripers of the International League for Atlanta. In 119 games, he hit .249 (109-for-437) with 16 home runs and 76 RBIs—both totals led the club—all while playing 102 games at first base.

Franco finished fourth in the International League in RBIs while his home run total was good to tie him for eighth place in the circuit. Franco was third in the club with 22 doubles and third for the team with 52 runs while reaching a .311 on-base percentage. His 109 hits were tied for second on the Stripers roster.

Franco split time between AAA and AA in 2017. He would combine to hit .252 (116-for-461) with 18 doubles, 21 home runs, 53 runs and 77 RBIs in 134 games at both Gwinnett and Mississippi. His 21 long balls tied him with Ronald Acuna for tops in the Braves system in 2017, and Franco was named to the Braves Organizational All-Star Team by MiLB.com. In 93 games at AAA, his 77 runs knocked in also placed him second in the farm system to Acuna, who had 82.

Franco, 27, was born in Bani, Dominican Republic, and was signed by the Atlanta Braves as a non-drafted free agent on May 5, 2009. In his first six professional seasons, Franco played 444 games at third base and one at first. He has played 186 games at first base and another 122 at third base. He has not played third since 2017. Over his career, Franco is a .244 hitter with 70 home runs and 435 RBIs.

The 6-foot-2 Franco has spent parts of three spring trainings in Big League camp. In 17 games in the Grapefruit League, he has a .303 batting average with two home runs and seven RBIs. In 2018 Franco played in 14 games in the Braves spring training, going 8-for-30 with a pair of long balls and five runs knocked in.

Full and half-season 2019 ticket packages as well as mini plans are on sale online by calling 913-328-5618 or by visiting the Saint Luke’s Box Office between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Group ticket sales are also on sale. Opening day for the T-Bones is set for Friday, May 17, at T-Bones Stadium when the T-Bones play host to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks to open the 2019 season.

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T-Bones make more roster changes

The Kansas City T-Bones have signed two right-handed pitchers, Corey Walter and Marc Magliaro, for the 2019 season.

That move comes in addition to some other recent changes. The T-Bones also recently signed right-handed pitcher Jesus Balaguer and outfielder Forrestt Allday for the 2019 season.

Walter joined the T-Bones from the Oakland Athletics organization, where he was the 28th round pick in the 2014 June draft. Walter spent most of last season at AA Midland in the Texas League, going 4-6 with a 6.21 ERA in 75.1 innings and adding 39 strike outs for the RockHounds. He appeared in 26 games and made nine starts at AA. Walter was sent to the rookie level Arizona League in June for a rehab stint for the Athletics. He tossed four innings, giving up two earned runs in those four innings.

Walter was drafted out of West Virginia University and has been a part of two Texas League Championship Clubs with Midland in 2016 and 2017. The 6-3 right-hander comes from Wheeling, West Virginia, where he starred at Wheeling Park High School. Walter was a four-year player for the Mountaineers where he went 14-20 in 265.2 innings with a 4.46 ERA in 58 games with 31 starts.

As a professional, Walter has a career 3.50 ERA in 378.2 minor league innings with 246 strike outs.

Right-hander Marc Magliaro arrives in Kansas City, Kansas, with a five-year resume of pro baseball experience, all with the Colorado Rockies organization. Magliaro, a career reliever, has 149 appearances in the minor leagues with a 4.81 ERA in 200.1 innings.

In 2018 Magliaro pitched in 36 games for AA Hartford in the Eastern League. He posted a 3-4 record with a 4.44 ERA in 48.2 innings with 51 strike outs. He gave up 24 earned runs on 49 hits at AA last season. Magliaro spent the entire 2017 season at high A Lancaster in the California League. He worked in 61.2 innings over 41 games out of the pen with a 5.11 ERA. Magliaro struck out 53 while surrendering 73 hits and allowing 35 earned runs.

Magliaro was a non-drafted free agent signee out of Rowan University (New Jersey) in 2013, but he did not pitch until his senior season. Magliaro made a name for himself in college as a shortstop. He was a four-year starter at short with a .328 career batting average in 164 games and was team captain his senior year. Magliaro, 29, played high school ball in Monroe, New Jersey.

Jesus Balaguer comes to Kansas City, Kansas, after a short stint with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. Arizona purchased the contract of the Cuban native after a strong second half of the season with the Washington Wild Things in the Frontier League.

In 10 regular season games, Balaguer fanned 34 batters in 18 innings of work while scattering 12 hits and seven runs with 11 walks. Washington qualified for the Frontier League playoffs and made it all the way to the league championship series, eventually falling short to Sussex County.

In the post season, Balaguer pitched in seven games, including in all five of the Frontier League Championship Series games. Balaguer tossed 7.2 playoff innings of scoreless relief, giving up only two hits and striking out 13. Balaguer joined Washington on Aug. 7, 2018, after parts of two seasons with the Houston Astros organization. In three seasons as a professional in Cuba, Balaguer went 6-3 with a 3.36 ERA in 68.2 innings, punching out 49 batters, all in relief.

This past off-season, Balaguer had a solid winter league campaign, working 14.1 innings in relief and allowing just two earned runs with 13 strike outs for Mayaguez in Puerto Rico. Overall, in five professional seasons he has pitched 167.1 innings with 192 strike outs and has posted a 16-10 record with five saves. Balaguer has 111 appearances on his resume, all coming out of the pen.

Forrestt Allday was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the eighth round of the 2013 MLB Draft out of the University of Central Arkansas. Allday comes to KCK after spending the last season with the San Diego Padres organization between AA San Antonio and AAA El Paso. The native of Galveston, Texas, spent the bulk of his time last season El Paso in the Pacific Coast League.

In 80 games Allday hit .281 with four home runs and 35 RBIs. He led the team with 11 stolen bases and finished fourth in runs scored with 54. He opened the season at AA San Antonio in the Texas League, playing 41 games through the season’s first month and a half and hitting .248 with four RBIs.

In college Allday helped the University of Central Arkansas to the 2013 Regional tournament and was Rawlings/ABCA 1st Team All American, Southland Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player, Baseball America 3rd-team All-American and UCA Student Athlete of the Year his final season. He began his college career at Alvin Community College before transferring to UCA. Born in Galveston, Allday attended Friendswood High School in south Houston where he was part of the 2009 Regional Semifinalist team.

Full and half-season 2019 ticket packages, as well as mini plans, are on sale online, by calling 913-328-5618 or by visiting the Saint Luke’s Box Office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Group ticket sales are also on sale.

Opening day for the T-Bones is set for Friday May 17, at T-Bones Stadium when the T-Bones play host to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.

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2019 Offseason Roster


Position Name Hometown
RHP Robbie Gordon St. Louis, MO
OF Darnell Sweeney Miami, FL
IF Nick Basto Southwest Ranches, FL
OF Daniel Robertson West Covina, CA
RHP Dustin Hurlbutt Coffeyville, KS
INF Mason Davis Stone Mountain, GA
C Christian Correa Coconut Creek, FL
RHP Marcus Crescentini Tampa, FL
Utility Shawn O’Malley Southridge, WA
LHP Joe Filomeno Chicago, IL
RHP Jackson Lowery Little Rock, AR
IF Mikey Reynolds Glendale, AZ
RHP Tommy Collier Houston, TX
C Roy Morales Toa Alta, Puerto Rico
INF Ryan Brett Seattle, WA
RHP Dylan Baker Juneau, Alaska
OF Forrestt Allday Clearlake, TX
IF Dylan Tice Perkasie, PA
RHP Jesus Balaguer Havana, Cuba
RHP Marc Magliaro Monroe, NJ
RHP Corey Walter Wheeling, WV

National Pro Fastpitch will return to T-Bones Stadium in July

A two-game National Pro Fastpitch series between the USSSA Pride and the Chicago Bandits will be played July 15 and 16 at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas.

It is the fifth year in a row that the T-Bones have held an NPF series, after featuring the USSSA Pride and Aussie Spirit in 2018.

Three well known, prominent players in the fastpitch community, including one from Independence, Missouri, are featured on the USSSA Pride team roster.

Paige Parker, a native of Independence, graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2018 and was a two-time Women’s College World Series champion. As a sophomore, she was named the WCWS Most Valuable Player. She earned four All-Big 12 Pitcher of the Year awards and was a two-time All-American. She was drafted by the Pride in 2018.

She is joined by fellow former Sooner, Lauren Chamberlin, a 2015 graduate of the University of Oklahoma. Chamberlin was a three-time First Team All-American for the Sooners and a member of the 2013 Women’s College World Series championship team. She currently holds the NCAA career home run record (95). Chamberlin was the No. 1 overall draft pick in the 2015 NPF College Draft by the Pride.

Sierra Romero played shortstop and second base for the University of Michigan and is a former member of the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team and the U.S. Women’s National Team. She was named Big 10 Player of the Year in 2013, 2014 and 2016 and was the 2016 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I Player of the Year. She was the second overall pick in 2016 NPF College Draft by the USSSA Pride, a professional women’s softball team based in Viera, Florida.

The two-game series is a highlight of the World Fastpitch Championships, a youth fastpitch tournament whose host is Midwest Sports Productions.

“We’re thrilled to host some of the finest women’s pro softball players and the NPF again this summer and showcase the versatility of T-Bones Stadium,” said Chris Browne, vice president and general manager of the T-Bones. “This event is a tremendous addition to the Kansas City summer sports schedule of activities. We enjoy partnering with MSP and the USSSA Pride.”

“The Pride look forward to traveling to Kansas City every year, not just to play but to interact with the youth who are participating in the World Fastpitch Championships,” said Jami Lopries, vice president of USSSA Fastpitch. “Many of the young girls playing in the WFC could one day play for the Pride or another professional fastpitch team. The exposure this series brings to the Kansas City community and these young players is invaluable to our sport.”

Monday night’s game will feature a pre-game tailgate party in the parking lot with food trucks and an appearance by the Falcon Skydivers.

Following each game both teams will be available for free autographs and to meet and greet fans in attendance at the ballpark. Gates will open at 6 p.m. and first pitch is at 7:05 p.m. for both nights. Ticket prices are $17 Prime, $13 Choice, $9 Select and groups of 15 or more receive $1 off Choice, $2 off Select. Suite rentals are available for both games starting at $20 per ticket, minimum 15 tickets.

Tickets for the series went on sale earlier this week at the Saint Luke’s Box Office, at www.tbonesbaseball.com and by calling 913-328-5618. Saint Luke’s Box Office hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. -2 p.m. on Saturday. Visit www.tbonesbaseball.com for more information.

Full and half-season 2019 ticket packages, as well as mini plans, are on sale online at www.tbonesbaseball.com, by calling 913-328-5618 or by visiting the Saint Luke’s Box Office between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Group ticket sales are also on sale. Opening day for the T-Bones is set for Friday, May 17, at T-Bones Stadium when the T-Bones play host to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks to open the 2019 season.

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