Wednesday, October 8, 2014

T-Bones acquire catcher, pitcher in trades

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – The Kansas City T-Bones announced Tuesday they have acquired catcher Jake Taylor and pitcher Kyle Brady in separate trades.

Taylor, who’s 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, comes to Kansas City from St. Paul in exchange for a player to be determined. In 61 games for the Saints in 2014, Taylor batted .283 with 63 hits, including 10 doubles, a career-best nine home runs, and a career-high 34 RBIs.

In five professional seasons — all in independent baseball — Taylor, whom the Florida Marlins selected in the 35th round of the 2005 MLB Amateur Draft, is a .270 career hitter with 21 home runs and 114 RBIs. Prior to spending last season in St. Paul, Taylor played two seasons (2012-13) with Sioux Falls, one season with Grand Prairie and one with Oakland County of the Frontier League.

“Jake is multi-position guy who can catch and provide some power offensively,” said T-Bones manager John Massarelli.

The T-Bones acquired right-handed pitcher Brady from River City of the Frontier League for pitcher Pat Doyle. In 2014 for River City, Brady, who’s 6-foot-9 and 240 pounds, went 2-3 with a 4.98 ERA in 25 appearances. In 59 2/3 innings he struck out 72 and walked 33. During 2013, Brady’s first professional season out of Wingate University, he went 3-2 with a 3.77 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 40 games for the Frontier Greys.

“Kyle has an average major-league fastball, and he’ll come in to compete for a spot in the rotation,” Massarelli said. “As far as Pat, this gives him an opportunity to pitch at home, and we wish him nothing but the best."