Tuesday, April 9, 2013

T-Bones add three players, including former Rockhurst High and Missouri State standout


The Kansas City T-Bones have announced the signings of Aaron Meade, Craig Hertler and Aaron Tullo.

Meade, a 6-foot-2 and 185-pound left-handed pitcher, played at Kansas City’s Rockhurst High School and then Missouri State, before the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim selected him in the 10th round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft.

During three seasons in the Angels organization, Meade reached high-single-A Inland Empire. He has a career 6-10 record with a 4.79 ERA in 61 appearances.

“I’m expecting Aaron to come in here as our number-four starter,” said T-Bones manager Kenny Hook. “I think he’ll eventually get another shot in organized ball, but it’s great to have someone who’s local and as hungry as he is.”

Hertler, a 5-foot-10 and 190-pound infielder from San Jose, Calif., played four seasons at San Jose State. After his collegiate baseball career ended, Hertler played a season of varsity soccer for San Jose State.

Last season, he played baseball for McAllen (North American Baseball League), where his manager was former T-Bones skipper Al Gallagher. In 84 games, Hertler batted .273 with 84 hits and 31 RBIs.

“He has speed and spent last year as a big-time centerfielder and then shortstop for (McAllen),” said T-Bones manager Kenny Hook. “It’s valuable for us, with a 22-man roster, to have a good athlete who’s versatile in the field.”

Tullo, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound right-handed pitcher from St. Petersburg, Fla., spent the last two seasons in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim farm system, reaching triple-A Salt Lake City in 2011.

He played for Edinburg of the North American Baseball League in 2012. Tullo has a professional career record of 9-6 with three saves and a 3.96 ERA in 49 appearances.

The Milwaukee Brewers originally selected him in the 17th round of the 2006 MLB June Amateur Draft out of high school. Instead, Tullo pitched for St. Petersburg College and then the University of Tennessee.

“He’s a velocity, hard thrower, who’ll hit 90-93 on the radar gun,” said Hook. “I expect him to come in and compete for a spot in the rotation.”