When Joe Calfapietra took over the dugout of the T-Bones as Manager prior to the 2017 season he brought a reputation and a culture of getting players back into affiliated baseball. The T-Bones organization under Calfapietra, Vice-President Chris Browne and the ownership of the Ehlert family echoes the goals and ideals of the founder of independent baseball Miles Wolf. Wolfe started independent baseball with the goal to give players another chance at chasing their ultimate goal of playing in the Big Leagues. That goal all starts with getting players signed by a Major League organization and into AAA Mexico. The T-Bones have had 50 players ink with affiliated baseball since coming to Kansas City but the since 2017 the franchise has been THE place for player to get noticed and signed. The numbers speak for themselves.
-Since opening day 2018 the T-Bones have had 20 players’ contracts purchased and five players sign with AAA Mexico. The Mexican League while not affiliated with an individual Major League organization is part of affiliated baseball and Major League organizations use the league to acquire players particularly for the highest levels of their organizations AA, AAA and Major Leagues.
-The 2017 season the T-Bones had four players sign with Major League clubs and two with the AAA Mexican League part of affiliated baseball.
-50 players overall since moving to Kansas City.
The T-Bones players contracts purchased since opening day 2002
7/31/19: IF/OF Jordan George –purchased by the Kansas City Royals 50th player sold and 20th since opening day 2018.
7/31/19: RHP Brian Ellington – contract purchased by the Seattle Mariners , 49th player sold and 19th since opening day 2018.
7/24/19: LHP Nick Lee - contract purchased by Durango AAA Mexico, 48th player sold and 18th since opening day 2018.
6/21/19: RHP Jon Perrin - contract purchased by to Acereros de Norte (Monclova) AAA Mexico, 47th sold and 17th sold since opening day 2018.
6/12/19: IF Darnell Sweeney - contract purchased by the Pittsburgh Pirates, 46th player sold and 16th since opening day 2018.
5/31/19: RHP Kevin Lenik - contract purchased by the Boston Red Sox, 45th player sold and the 15th since opening day 2018.
5/31/19: LHP Eric Stout - contract purchased by the Cincinnati Reds, 44th player sold and the 14th since opening day 2018.
5/24/19: RHP Randall Delgado - contract purchased by the New York Yankees, 43rd player sold and the 13th since opening day 2018.
4/4/19: LHP Tim Hardy - contract purchased by the New York Yankees, 42nd player sold and the 12th since opening day 2018.
1/8/19: RHP Robert Calvano – contract purchased by the San Diego Padres, 41st player sold and 11th since opening day 2018.
11/29/18: OF Keith Curcio – contract purchased by the Boston Red Sox, 40th player sold and 10th since opening day 2018.
11/2/18: LHP Nick Lee-–contract purchased by the Cincinnati Reds, 39th player sold and ninth since opening day 2018.
8/4/18: IF Dylan Tice—contract purchased by New York Mets, 38th player sold.
7/24/18: IF Taylor Featherston—contract purchased by the Cincinnati Reds, 37th player sold.
7/13/18: LHP Joe Filomeno—contract purchased by the Seattle Mariners, 36th player sold.
7/17/18: IF/OF Nick Torres—contract sold to the Texas Rangers, 35th player sold.
7/7/18: LHP Carlos Diaz—contract purchased by Cincinnati Reds, 34th. player sold.
7/3/18: LHP James Buckelew—contract purchased by the Chicago Cubs, 33rd player sold.
5/22/18: OF Adam Brett Walker—contract purchased by the Washington National, 32nd player sold.
5/19/18: RHP Cody Martin—contract purchased by the New York Mets, 31st player sold.
8/14/17: RHP Scott Carroll - contract purchased by the Chicago Cubs, 30th player sold.
6/14/17: IF Zach Walters - contract purchased by the Kansas City Royals, 29th player sold.
6/3/17: C Christian Correa – contract purchased by the Colorado Rockies.
2/8/17: LHP Mike Kickham – contract purchased by the Miami Marlins. 27th T-Bones player sold.