Wednesday, April 2, 2014

T-Bones sign two, including former Missouri State pitcher

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – The Kansas City T-Bones have announced the signings of Pat Doyle and T.J. Mittelstaedt to contracts for the 2014 season.

Doyle, 25, is a 6-foot-2 and 230-pound right-handed pitcher from St. Louis, Mo. Splitting time between the Cincinnati Reds’ single-A and double-A teams in 2013, Doyle was 4-1 with 11 saves, 70 strikeouts, 18 walks and a 3.41 ERA in 52 appearances (74 innings). Cincinnati selected Doyle in the 24th round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft out of Missouri State University. He reached triple-A with the Reds in 2011. In three professional seasons, Doyle is 24-10 with 17 saves, 278 strikeouts, 84 walks, and a 4.30 ERA.

“Doyle attacks the strike zone with all of his pitches and can start or even close for us this season,” said T-Bones manager John Massarelli.

Mittelstaedt, 26, is a 5-foot-10 and 185-pound utility player from Mission Viejo, Calif. The Milwaukee Brewers selected Mittelstaedt in the 44th round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft out of Long Beach State. Last season, splitting time between single-A and double-A, Mittelstaedt batted .199 with 15 doubles, 12 home runs and 35 RBIs in 97 games. In four professional seasons, Mittelstaedt is a .250 hitter with 307 hits, 62 doubles, 38 homers and 156 RBIs. Playing mainly four positions — left field, right field, third base and second base — in the Milwaukee system, Mittelstaedt has a .963 career fielding percentage.

“T.J. is a very versatile player who can play a lot of different positions,” Massarelli said. “He plays the game hard and he plays the game right.”