T-Bones sign former Yankees farmhand

The Kansas City T-Bones have signed right-handed pitcher Travis Hissong for the 2018 season.

Travis Hissong comes to Kansas City after spending last season with both the New York Yankees and the Milwaukee Brewers organizations.

At AA Trenton in the Eastern League, Hissong appeared in 11 games. all in relief, working 15.1 innings with a 5.87 ERA. He struck out 21 while going 1-1 with one save.

He was sent down to Tampa in the Florida State League on May 22 and posted a 1-0 record with three saves in seven relief outings. The right-hander tossed 11.1 innings with 13 strike outs with a 3.97 ERA before being released on June 20.

Milwaukee signed Hissong on June 24 and assigned him to AA Biloxi of the Southern League. At Biloxi, Hissong worked 35 innings in 16 games, including one start, going 0-1 and finished the season with 34 strike outs. He elected free agency following the 2017.

Hissong, a native of Bellville, Ohio, was originally signed by the Yankees as a free agent in 2014 out of Wright State University. In four seasons he made the climb to AA, beginning his career in 2014 with the Staten Island Yankees.

Hissong made three stops in the Yankees’ system during his rookie campaign, combining for a 3.80 ERA in 21.1 innings with Staten Island, Gulf Coast and Tampa. In 2015, Hissong spent the entire season at Staten Island and then had a busy 2016 with three clubs in the Yankees organization. He went 6-1 in 72 innings combined with a 1.88 ERA.

In his career, Hissong is 10-5 with a 2.98 ERA and 11 saves in 178.1 innings with 205 strike outs at a professional. While at Wright State, the Ohio native was 8-6 with five saves in 106.2 career innings, posting a 4.51 ERA in four season for the Raiders.

Season, groups, mini-plans and nightly party suites are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting the Box Office at T-Bones stadium, calling 913-328-5618 or purchase and print at www.tbonesbaseball.com. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Home opening night is May 22 when the T-Bones host Gary SouthShore at T-Bones Stadium at 7:05 p.m.

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