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Record-Setting Rick Back for 2005

03/03/2005 7:30 AM - KANSAS CITY – The Kansas City T-Bones have signed veteran outfielder Rick Prieto to a 2005 contract, the team announced Thursday.

Prieto was one of the catalysts of the Kansas City lineup in 2004, hitting .314 for the T-Bones in 2004 while setting or tying league records in runs, walks and triples in his twelfth year of professional baseball. Originally a 1993 28th round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians out of San Jose Community College, Prieto has played both infield and outfield at the AAA level.

In his twelve seasons of pro ball, Prieto has batted .280 with 57 home runs and 472 RBI. As well, he has shown himself to be a pest to opposing hurlers, compiling a career .383 on-base percentage and succeeding on 83% of stolen base attempts (239/288).

“The big guys (Eddie Pearson and Ray Brown) can sure clear the table. But Rick is the one who sets it every night,” said T-Bones Manager “Dirty” Al Gallagher. Gallagher’s got a point; Prieto’s 97 runs scored bested the next best Northern Leaguer by eleven and trumped the previous record by nine, while Pearson and Brown were second and third in the league respectively in runs batted in.

At the conclusion of the season, Prieto was named as a Northern League All-Star for the second consecutive campaign. As in 2003, he also garnered the Northern League’s Player of the Week honors once. In 2004, he took the laurels for his efforts between July 26 and August 1. During that time, he hit .654 and scored thirteen runs as the T-Bones posted a 6-1 mark, outscoring their opponents 57-18.

A native of Carmel, Calif., Prieto makes his off-season home in the Kansas City area.

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The T-Bones also announced the acquisition of catcher Sean Flynn from the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League for a player to be named later. Flynn, a resident of Bradenton, Fla., has hit .227 with eight home runs and 40 runs batted in in two professional seasons. Flynn played his college ball at Texas-Pan American before transferring to the University of Kansas for his senior season.

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