Wichita Adds Lefty Bat in Kaye
WICHITA, Kans. - The Wichita Wingnuts announced the signing of outfielder Nick Kaye on Wednesday.
Kaye starred at Glendora High School in his hometown of Glendora, Calif., hitting .331 over the course of his four-year career with the Tartans. That production drew the attention of professional and collegiate talent evaluators, eventually leading the Texas Rangers to select Kaye in the 15th round of the 2015 MLB Draft.
After passing on his commitment to play collegiately at Cal State Fullerton and signing with the Rangers, the left-handed hitter was assigned to the Rangers Arizona League affiliate for his professional debut in 2015. Kaye recorded 18 hits in 36 games in his rookie campaign, then repeated the level in 2016, raising his average more than 75 points. Over the course of 40 games, Kaye hit .250 with six doubles, two triples, and 21 RBI, adding 22 walks for a healthy .369 on-base percentage.
That performance earned Kaye a promotion to Low Class-A Spokane for the 2017 season. The 21-year old notched nine hits over 34 games with the Indians, including two doubles and five RBI. While primarily a corner outfielder, Kaye also saw brief stints in centerfield and at first base with Spokane.
For his career, Kaye owns 58 professional hits, scoring 34 runs while driving in 32.
Kaye's signing brings the number of Wingnuts players under contract for the 2018 season up to 17. American Association clubs may carry up to 28 players during spring training, which opens on May 6.
Stay up to date on all player signings and transactions by checking on the Wingnuts roster here.
The 11th season of Wingnuts baseball and the club's pursuit of an eighth consecutive division title kicks off with a three-game home series against the Kansas City T-Bones, beginning on Friday, May 18. For information on season tickets, group outings, and party packages, call the Wingnuts main office at (316) 264-NUTS, or visit the Wingnuts official website at www.wichitawingnuts.com.
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