The Kansas City T-Bones announced have signed right-handed pitcher, former T-Bone and Liberty, Missouri, product Lucas Irvine for the 2018 season.
Lucas Irvine spent two seasons with the T-Bones in 2012 and 2013 and joins the club again after a solid 2017 season for Somerset in the Atlantic League.
Irvine went 9-4 with a 4.26 ERA in 135.1 innings with 89 strike outs in 25 starts for the Patriots. He would lead the team with nine wins and was first in innings pitched at 135.1 innings.
Irvine spent parts of two seasons early in his career with Kansas City. In 2012 he appeared in 30 games (13 starts), going 4-2 with a 2.59 ERA in 104.1 innings. He was second in the club in strike outs with 107 for the T-Bones.
In 2013 Irvine returned to make 17 starts for the T-Bones, going 6-5 with three complete games in 121.1 innings. He was traded to New Jersey in the CAN-AM League on Aug. 13, 2013 joining current T-Bones manager Joe Calfapietra’s club for a late playoff run.
Irvine, was in the top five in the league in ERA (2.96, third), strikeouts (94, fifth), complete games (3, tied-second) and innings pitched (121 2/3, second) at the time of the trade and would finish second for the T-Bones staff in innings and strike outs (94). He was moved once again after the Jackals season to Camden in the Atlantic League and pitched in one game to close out a busy 2013.
Irvine is a native of Liberty, Missouri, and attended Liberty High School. He then moved to Northwestern State University of Louisiana where he was drafted twice, the first time in 2010 in the 43rd round by the Chicago White Sox and again in 2011 in the 27th round by the Tampa Rays.
Irvine signed with the Rays in 2011 and spent one season with the Rays at rookie level Princeton in the Appalachian League before joining the T-Bones in 2012.
In 2014 Irvine pitched in Japan in the “indy” IBLJ Shikoku-Kyushu Island League for the Kagawa Olive Guyners before returning to the Atlantic League in 2015 and joining the Somerset Patriots.
He went 6-8 with a 3.41 ERA in 129.1 innings, making 22 starts and being named to the 2015 Atlantic League All-Star Team. Irvine had his contract purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 28 of 2015 and was assigned to High A Visalia in the California League where he went 2-0 with a 2.13 ERA in 12.2 innings (two starts).
Irvine spent most of 2016 with the Diamondbacks where he earned a 5-3 record with a 3.98 ERA and 52 strikeouts spread across 14 games (nine starts) between the High-A, Double-A and Triple-A levels.
He posted a 4-0 record at High A Visalia with a 2.32 ERA in seven games over 51.1 innings before a jump to AA Mobile in the Southern League. At Mobile the right-hander tossed 29.2 innings, going 1-3 with a 5.76 ERA.
In between the two stops, Irvine made one appearance at AAA Reno, allowing 1 ER in 2.2 innings. He closed out 2016 at AAA Aquascalientes of the Mexican League, making eight starts in 41 innings with a 4.61 ERA and a 2-3 record. The last two winters Irvine pitched for Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League.
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Home opening night is May 22 when the T-Bones play host to Gary SouthShore at T-Bones Stadium at 7:05 p.m.
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