Righty from Down Under Joins T-Bones
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The Kansas City T-Bones announced today that the club has signed right-handed pitcher and member of Team Australia Sam Street for the 2018 season. To make room for Street, the T-Bones traded infielder JC Rodriguez to Rockland in the CAN-AM League for a player to be named later.
Sam Street, a native of Melbourne, Victoria, was drafted in the 16th round of the 2014 MLB draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of the University of Texas-Pan American. Street spent parts of four season in the Pirates system, including opening the 2018 at AA Altoona in the Eastern League. He tossed three innings, allowing no runs in his three games at AA this season. In 2017 he went 4-2 at High A Bradenton in the Florida State League with a 2.74 ERA in 69 innings in 32 games.
This past winter, Street joined Team Australia for their two-game tour and series against the Japanese National Team in Japan. He pitched one scoreless inning of relief at the Nagoya Dome, allowing one hit against the "Samurai" with a strikeout in a 2-0 loss. Street was joined on the team by former T-Bones and Rockhurst University lefty Josh Tols.
In 2016, the side arm righty made 27 appearances out of the Bradenton bullpen going 3-2 with a 2.26 ERA in 55.2 innings. Street spent 2015 at Low A West Virginia with a 3-1 record in 34 games, all in relief, in 85.2 innings. He opened his pro career in 2014 with the Jamestown Jammers in the New York-Pen League where he was 1-1 with an 0.98 ERA in 27.2 innings out of the bullpen.
Street spent two years at New Mexico Junior College before going to Texas-Pan Am. At the Texas school, he was named the WAC Pitcher of the Year and was one of the final 18 candidates for the National Pitcher of the Year award. Street led the NCAA in complete games and ranked second in wins. He also led the WAC in every major pitching category, becoming the first triple crown winner since 2011. In his final year for the Broncos, he tossed 129 innings with a sparkling 1.81 ERA.
The T-Bones signed switch -hitting infielder JC Rodriguez, a former New York Mets minor leaguer, on February 15th. Rodriguez spent seven seasons in the Mets system before signing with Kansas City. He is a career .242 hitter in 579 games with 19 home runs, 197 RBIs and with 74 stolen bases. In the field Rodriguez has a career fielding percentage of .961.
The T-Bones roster stands at 28. Per American Association rules, Kansas City can carry 28 players during spring training, which began May 5th at T-Bones Stadium. The T-Bones (3-1) continued their exhibition play Friday night on the road against the Lincoln Saltdogs in York, Nebraska. Lincoln shut out the T-Bones 7-0, giving the T-Bones their first loss of the spring. Kansas City returns home Monday night, May 14th, at 7:05 p.m. for the first of a three-game exhibition series against the Winnipeg Goldeyes.
Season, group, mini-plans and nightly party suites are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting the Box Office at T-Bones Stadium. Call the Box Office at 913-328-5618 or purchase and print at www.tbonesbaseball.com. Box office hours are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday - Friday and 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Saturday. For additional information or interview requests, members of the media may contact the T-Bones Media Relations Department at (817) 739-3693. Stay tuned to www.tbonesbaseball.com. and the T-Bones Facebook and Twitter pages for updates throughout the offseason. Home opening night is May 22 when the T-Bones host Gary SouthShore at T-Bones Stadium at 7:05 pm.
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