Thursday, January 15, 2015

Kansas City T-Bones add local lefty and sign two catchers


KANSAS CITY, KAN. – The Kansas City T-Bones announced that they have signed pitcher Kyle Gehrs and catcher Jake Taylor, and re-signed catcher Chris Bianchi to contracts for the 2015 season.

Gehrs is a 5-foot-9 and 175-pound left-handed pitcher from Grain Valley, Mo.

He signed with the Houston Astros in 2014 as an undrafted free agent, and went 1-0 with a 4.95 ERA in 16 appearances — all in relief — for Houston’s Gulf Coast (rookie) club. In 20 innings, Gehrs struck out 16 and walked 11.

Gehrs, who went to Truman High School, finished his collegiate career last May at Central Missouri State, where he was a first-team All-MIAA selection. Gehrs went to Oklahoma State out of high school before eventually transferring to Central Missouri.

“Kyle will come in and compete for a spring training spot,” said T-Bones manager John Massarelli.

The T-Bones acquired the rights to Taylor from St. Paul in October in exchange for a player to be determined. Taylor, who’s 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, batted .283 with 63 hits, including 10 doubles, a career-best nine home runs and a career-high 34 RBIs in 61 games for the Saints in 2014. 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.

Bianchi, a rookie who’s 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds, batted .143 in 10 games in 2014 after signing with the T-Bones in late July. He finished his collegiate career last spring at Trinity University, where he was selected as a member of the All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference team.