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Lago Traded to Sioux Falls

March 21, 2019 - American Association (AA) - Kansas City T-Bones News Release

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The Kansas City T-Bones announced today that the club has traded infielder Alay Lago to the Sioux Falls Canaries for the reversionary rights to right-handed pitcher Ryan Fritze.

Alay Lago joined the T-Bone on July 24, 2018 and was a key member of the 2018 American Association Championship club. In 37 games during the regular season, Lago hit .287 with three home runs and 25 RBIs and scored 17 runs. In the post season, Lago hit .303 in nine games with one huge homer and six RBIs. He would finish his playoff run with seven hits over the final four games against St. Paul in 15 at bats.

Lago will forever be remembered in T-Bones lore for his game four two-run home run against St. Paul in the league championship series. In the home half of the sixth, the T-Bones forced Saints starter Chris Nunn from the game with a runner on first and with St. Paul clinging to a 3-2 lead. Lago came to the plate to face Mike Devine and crushed a two-run blast over the mini monster in left that landed in the parking lot deep into the Kansas City night. The T-Bones would go on to win the game and the series 5-3.

The Cuba native began his baseball career in 2010 playing in the Cuban National Series League for the Metropolitanos. In his first year with the club, he hit .146 with seven RBIs and one home run in 48 games. In his 2nd year with the club, he improved on his rookie year numbers, posting a .158 batting average in 37 games.

In 2012, Lago moved on to Industriales of the Cuban National Series League. While with the Industriales, his batting average improved to .220. He had two RBIs and eight runs in 50 games. Lago did not play in the 2013 season but joined Artemisa of the Cuban National Series League for the 2014-15 season. While with Artemisa, Lago hit .253 with 10 RBIs and two stolen bases in 35 games. He played 16 games at 2nd base, 11 games at 3rd base and seven at shortstop, with a few games in the outfield as well for the Cuban club.

In 2016 he moved on to AAA Veracruz in the Mexican League where he hit .255 with eight RBIs and a home run in 24 games. In 2017 Lago was picked up by the Atlanta Braves organization. He started with A+ Florida in the Florida State League. While with the Fire Frogs, Lago played in 113 games, batting .303 with 46 RBIs, six home runs, and six stolen bases. Lago played the first 80 games of 2018 with the AA Mississippi Braves in the Southern League. With the Braves, he batted .247 with 25 RBIs, five stolen bases, and two home-runs.

Ryan Fritze was a combined 10-3 between Gary SouthShore and Sioux Falls the last two seasons, working 71.2 innings in 61 games of relief with a 4.52 ERA. In his rookie season with Gary, he went 5-1 in 19 games of relief, working in 21.2 innings with 19 strike outs. Last season with Sioux Falls, Fritze fanned out 60 in 50 innings for the Canaries. Sioux Falls sold the contract of Fritze to the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this winter on March 11. Fritze became the 15th American Association player to have his contract purchased by a Major League organization in 2019 and the 35th since the beginning of the 2018 regular season. Fritze posted a record of 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA in 50 innings out of the pen last season in 42 games. The 24-year-old pitched at Valparaiso University in Indiana.

Full and half-season 2019 ticket packages, as well as mini plans, are on sale now online, by calling (913) 328-5618 or by visiting the Saint Luke's Box Office between the hours of 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Group ticket sales are also on sale now. The General Public will be able to purchase individual game tickets beginning March 21st. Opening day for the T-Bones is set for Friday May 17th at T-Bones Stadium when the T-Bones host the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks to open the 2019 season.

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