Wednesday, April 22, 2015

T-Bones sign KC native, son of former Royals pitcher

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The Kansas City T-Bones announced they have signed rookie James Boddicker to a contract for the 2015 season.

Boddicker, 23 (4-8-92), is a 5-foot-11 and 190-pound infielder from Overland Park, Kan. Playing collegiately at Tennessee Wesleyan last season, Boddicker batted .350 with a .493 slugging percentage in 58 games. He led the Bulldogs in hits (71), doubles (18) and total bases (100).

“I know our manager John Massarelli, coach Bill Sobbe and the rest of the staff wants to take a look at James because he’s a young guy who can hit, play several positions and plays the game the right way,” said T-Bones vice-president and general manager Chris Browne. “Plus he’s a Kansas City kid who has a great background in and around the game.”

Boddicker, who went to St. Thomas Aquinas High School in the Kansas City area, is the son of long-time major-league pitcher Mike Boddicker, who played for the Royals during 1991 and ‘92.

The T-Bones open the 2015 regular season at home on May 22 against Lincoln.