T-Bones Trade Infielder Walters for St Paul's Perio

July 9, 2018 - 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 Zach Walters to the St. Paul Saints zfor infielder Noah Perio Jr.

Walters rejoined the T-Bones for the 2018 season after playing for Northwest Arkansas in the Texas league. While with the T-Bones, the Wyoming native averaged .279, hitting 6 home runs and 34 RBI's this season.

Walters played all over the field for the T-Bones this season, but he spent most of his time in the infield where he played eight games at first base, eight games at second base and another 18 at third base where he had 79 putouts, 54 assists and 14 double plays turned.

On June 14th against the Sioux City Explorers, Walter went 3-5 with three RBI's and a homerun to help seal the deal against the best team in the league.

Walters was originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 9th round in the 2010 June draft out of the University of San Diego, and he spent four seasons in the pros playing for the Washington Nationals, Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Noah Perio Jr comes to Kansas City after a strong first half of the season with St. Paul. While with the Saints, Perio Jr batted .311, with 17 RBIs and 57 hits.

Perio Jr. spent his time in the infield playing 19 games at second base, 15 games at shortstop, eight games at first base, and two games at third base for the Saints where he had 115 putouts, 93 assists, and 35 double plays turned.

The California native was drafted in the 39th round in the 2009 June amatuer draft by the Florida Marlins. He spent the 2009 season playing for the Marlins in the Gulf Coast league where he hit .429 in four games with five RBIs and a stolen base. He moved on to the Jamestown Jammers in 2010, where he hit .258 in 59 games with 31 RBI's and seven stolen bases.

Perio Jr. spent 2011 with Greensboro of the South Atlantic League. While with the Grasshoppers he hit .295 in 119 games with 6 home-runs and 52 RBI. The De La Salle graduate moved on in 2012 to Jupiter in the Florida State League. He hit .248 in 119 games for the Hammerheads, with 22 doubles and 40 RBI's.

Perio Jr. split time in 2013 with the Jupiter Hammerheads and the Jacksonville Suns. While with the Hammerheads, Perio hit .241 in 43 games with 16 RBI and 6 stolen bases. He continued to have success in AA Jacksonville where the left-handed batter hit .232 in 57 games with 14 RBI and one homerun. Perio spent 2014 back with Jupiter in the Florida State league where he batted .241 in 96 games with 29 RBI and six stolen bases.

Perio Jr. First experienced independent ball in 2015 when he joined the Sioux City roster. Perio hit .316 in 100 games with seven home-runs, 74 RBI and 18 stolen bases. Perio started 2016 with the Explorers playing in 35 games with a .338 average, 36 RBI's and three home-runs. He then moved on to Great Lakes in the Midland League. With the Loons, he batted .288 in 20 games before moving on to Tulsa in the Texas League. While with the Drillers, Perio hit .263 in seven games before finishing out the year with A+ Rancho Cucamonga in the California League. He batted .355 in 30 games for the Quakes adding 24 RBI's and six home-runs.

Perio Jr. spent 2017 with AA San Antonio in the Texas League. He hit .281 in 112 games for the Missions while raking up 36 RBI's and four Homeruns.

The T-Bones are second in the American Association with a .638 winning percentage and a 30-17 record. The T-Bones head to Lincoln to take on the Saltdogs in a three game series starting tonight before returning to T-Bones Stadium Thursday, July 12 for a four-game homestand against the St. Paul Saints (25-23)

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 season.

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