T-Bones Set 23 Man Roster
KANSAS CITY, Kan.- The Kansas City T-Bones announced today that the club made a handful of moves to set the 23 man roster for the 2018 season. Kansas City traded IF Jason Rogersto New Britain in the Atlantic League for a player to be named later. The T-Bones also move Christian Correa via trade to Sussex County in the CAN-AM League for a player to be named later. The club traded RHP Travis Hissong and RHP Kyle Hansento Rockland in the CAN-AM League for two players to be named later. And the final move for Kansas City was to place RHP Jackson Lowery on the disabled list.
The T-Bones roster stands at 23 with the season opener scheduled for Friday night at 7:05 against the Wichita Wingnuts at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita. The T-Bones roster will include three former Big Leaguers: IF Zach Walters, RHP Cody Martin and C Adrian Nieto. One local product returns from the 2013 club, Kansas City native RHP Lucas Irvine.
Adam Brett Walker, a former 40-man roster member of the Minnesota Twins, will be joined in the outfield by returning T-Bone Dexter Kjerstad and former Atlanta Braves AA farmhand Keith Curcio. Two AAA veteran-level players will also join the outfield mix in Nick Torres and Cal Towey.
The T-Bones will also have rookie and returning catcher Tucker Pennell joining Nieto behind the plate. The infield, led by Walters, will feature returning third baseman Jordan Edgerton along with newcomers Angel Rosa and Dylan Tice.
With Martin slated to start the opener Friday night, the pitching staff features AAA-level experience in RHP Hunter Adkins and LHP Cody Dickson. Returning to bolster the pen will be post-season All-Star Cody Winiarski, the right-handed closer. He will be joined by RHP Luis Paula in his second season with the T-Bones and two AA-level experienced pitchers in righty Tommy Collier, who returns to pro ball after a year away with an injury, and Australian right-hander Sam Street.
The team will feature two left-handed rookies in Francisco Gracesqui and Carlos Diaz along with right-handed newcomer Pasquale Mazzoccoli and returning T-Bones RHP Jackson Lowery. Julio Eusebio brings low A experience to the roster to round out the pitching staff.
The T-Bones (4-1) continue their exhibition play tonight against the Winnipeg Goldeyes at T-Bones Stadium. The two clubs will wrap up exhibition play Wednesday night, May 16 th, at 7:05 pm. The T-Bones are led by second year Manager Joe Calfapietra. The veteran skipper guided Kansas City to their second best record in franchise history in 2017 at 57-43.
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 and10:00 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.
Kansas City T-Bones 2018 Roster
No. Pitchers (12) B/T HT WT Born Hometown Status Highest Level 2017 Club
33 Hunter Adkins R/R 6'4'' 215 09/20/90 Signal Mt, TN LS-5 AAA Tampa/Miami Multiple
34 Tommy Collier R/R 6'3'' 205 12/03/89 Cypress, TX Ls-5 AA Erie (Det -AA 16)
2 Carlos Diaz L/L 6'3'' 210 02/03/92 Laveen, AZ Rookie A (Low) Gary (Ind)
25 Cody Dickson L/L 6'1'' 210 04/27/92 Trinidad, TX LS-4 AAA Multiple (Pit)
50 Julio Eusebio R/R 6'2'' 205 06/02/92 New York, NY LS-1 A (Low) West Virginia (Pit-A)
36 Francisco Gracesqui L/L 6'0'' 185 11/26/91 New York, NY Rookie A (Low) New Jersey 15(Ind)
16 Lucas Irvine R/R 6'2'' 210 12/01/88 Kansas City, MO LS-4 AAA Somerset (Ind)
41 Cody Martin R/R 6'3'' 230 09/04/89 Dos Palos, CA Veteran MLB Seattle/Tacoma (SEA)
47 Pasquale Mazzoccoli S/R 6'5'' 200 03/28/92 Fullshear, TX Rookie A (Low) West Virginia (Pit-A)
28 Sam Street R/R 6'3'' 215 03/18/92 Melbourne, Vic., AU LS-2 AA Bradenton (Pit-A)
32 Luis Paula R/R 6'3" 220 06/23/93 Greensboro, NC Rookie A T-Bones
35 Cody Winiarski R/R 6'3" 205 08/27/89 Union Grove, WI LS-2 AA T-Bones
No. Infielders (4) B/T HT WT Born Hometown Status Highest Level 2017 Club
9 Jordan Edgerton R/R 6'1'' 205 08/30/93 Belmont, NC LS-2 A (High) T-Bones
4 Angel Rosa R/R 6'2'' 185 09/19/92 Guaynabo, PR LS-4 AAA Mobile (LAA)/Bridgeport
17 Dylan Tice R/R 5'8'' 190 12/15/92 Perkasie, PA Ls-1 A (High) Rockland (Ind.)
11 Zach Walters S/R 6'2'' 210 09/05/89 Las Vegas, NV Veteran MLB T-Bones/ Multiple (KC)
No. Outfielders (5) B/T HT WT Born Hometown Status Highest Level 2017 Club
7 Keith Curcio L/R 5'10'' 185 12/28/92 Sarasota, FL LS-3 AA Mississippi (ATL-AA)
13 Dexter Kjerstad R/R 6'1'' 210 01/19/92 Amarillo, TX LS-4 AAA T-Bones/Multiple (MIA)
14 Nick Torres R/R 6'1'' 220 06/30/93 Lakewood, CA LS-4 AAA San Antonio (SD-AA)
15 Cal Towey L/R 6'1'' 225 02/06/90 Bellevue, WA LS-4 AAA Multiple (MIA)
10 Adam Brett Walker R/R 6'5'' 225 10/18/91 Milwaukee, WI LS-5 AAA (ATL/BAL/CIN) AAA/AA
No. Catchers (2) B/T HT WT Born Hometown Status Highest Level 2017 Club
23 Adrian Nieto S/R 5'10'' 205 11/12/89 Plantation, FL Veteran MLB Multiple (Cin-AAA/AA)
8 Tucker Pennell R/ R 6'2'' 200 04/07/94 Georgetown, TX Rookie A T-Bones
No. DL (1) B/T HT WT Born Hometown Status Highest Level 2017 Club
24 Jackson Lowery R/R 6'0'' 175 07/23/92 Little Rock, AR Rookie A T-Bones
No. Inactive (0) B/T HT WT Born Hometown Status Highest Level 2017 Club
No. Coaches & Staff
44 Manager: Joe Calfapietra
34 Hitting Coach/Catching Instructor: Bill Sobbe
20 First Base Coach: Frank White
1 Pitching Coach: Scott Carroll
36 Equipment Manager/Assistant Coach: John West
No. Pronunciation Guide
44 Manager: Joe Calfapietra (Cal-fa-pee-eh-tra)
36 Francisco Gracesqui (Gruh-zek-e)
7 Keith Curcio (Kerr-see-o)
47 Pasquale Mazzoccoli (Pas-qual-ee Mazz-o-col-ee)
15 Cal Towey (T00-ee)
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