T-Bones sign pitcher Shore, acquire pitcher Blanks

The Kansas City T-Bones have signed right-handed pitcher Bobby Shore to a contract for the 2014 season.

Shore, 25 (01-27-89), a native of Oceanside, Calif., who is 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds, spent the last three seasons in the Seattle Mariners organization.

In 2013, he went 6-5 with a 5.42 ERA in 34 appearances, including 11 starts, for High Desert, Seattle’s high-A club. In 81 1/3 innings, Shore struck out 63 and walked 31. He is 10-9 with a 3.72 ERA, 155 strikeouts and 57 walks in 63 professional appearances.

“Bobby is a strike thrower, who’ll compete for one of the starting rotation spots,” said manager John Massarelli.

Seattle selected Shore in the 41st round of the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft out of the University of Oklahoma. At single-A Clinton of the Midwest League in 2012, Shore went 4-3 with a 1.94 ERA, 69 strikeouts and 19 walks.

Additionally, the T-Bones have acquired the reversionary rights to right-handed pitcher Bradley Blanks from Laredo in exchange for infielder Devin Goodwin.

In 2013, Blanks went 5-1 with three saves and a 1.38 ERA in 27 appearances for Laredo. He has spent time in the Milwaukee and Philadelphia organizations, in addition to three independent-league teams, in five professional seasons.

The T-Bones open the 2014 regular season at home on May 15 against Lincoln.

– Story from T-Bones