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 affliated baseball. The T-Bones organization under Calfapietra and Vice-President Chris Browne 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 dream of playing in the Big Leagues. That dream all starts with getting players signed by a Major League organization. The T-Bones have had 44 players ink with affliated 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 13 players’ contracts purchased and four players sign with Mexico.
-The 2017 season the T-Bones had four players sign with Major League clubs and two with Mexico.
-43 players overall since moving to Kansas City.
The T-Bones players contracts purchased since opening day 2018
4/4/19: LHP Tim Hardy - contract purchased by the New York Yankees, 42nd player sold and the 12the 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.
12/15/16: RHP David Holman- contract purchased by the Colorado Rockies, 26th player sold.
10/18/16: OF Dalton Wheat – contract purchased by the Miami Marlins, 25th player sold.
1/7/16: RHP Bobby Doran – contract purchased by the Toronto Blue Jays, 24th player sold.
2/12/15: RHP Derek Gordon – contract purchased by the Kansas City Royals, 23rd player sold.
2/5/15: C Chris Bianchi – contract purchased by the Los Angeles Dodgers, 22nd player sold.
9/30/13: RHP Dustin Loggins – contract purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks, 21st player sold.
1/12/12: LHP Kris Johnson – contract purchased by the Pittsburgh Pirates. 20th player sold. Former Wichita State University Wheat Shocker star and former first round draft pick Kris Johnson has become one of the biggest import stars in the Japanese Major Leagues. The native of Blue Springs, Missouri was 6-3 with a 3.23 ERA in 111.0 innings for Kansas City in 2011. He would reach the Major Leagues with both Pittsburgh and Minnesota before his contract was sold to Hiroshima. In his first year in the NPB he led the league with a 1.85 ERA in 2015 and would be signed to a three year deal by the Carp in 2016 for an estimated 15 million US dollars. The Carp have won the Central League (pitchers bat unlike the Pacific League) considered much like the National League in North America three times (2016, 2017, 2018) during Johnson's stay in Japan. Johnson won the 2016 Sawamura Award the league's equivilent to the Cy Young Award. The former T-Bones has become one of the top pitchers year end and year out for Hiroshima.
6/18/10: RHP Justin James – contract purchased by the Oakland Athletics. 18th - James became the first former T-Bones to have his contract purchased and make it to the Major Leagues. The former Missouri Tiger standout made his Major League debut on September 2, 2010 just three months after his contract was purchased by Oakland. He would strike out Robinson Cano on three pitches during his first relief appearance and his final out that day was a strike out of Derek Jeter at Yankee Stadium.
10/8/10: IF Jake Blackwood – contract purchased by the San Francisco Giants.
1/23/09: IF Greg Jacobs – contract purchased by the San Francisco Giants
8/8/09: LHP Luis Villareal – contract purchased by the Seattle Mariners (17th?)
8/26/09: RHP Daniel Sattler – contract purchased by the Oakland Athletics. (18th?)
7/17/08: IF Rob Watson – contract purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies.
7/17/08: OF Kevin Mahar – contract purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies.
7/1/08: OF Brad Correll – contract purchased by the Kansas City Royals.
1/3/08: C Patrick Arlis – signs with the Texas Rangers.
6/13/07: OF Brad Correll – contract purchased by the Boston Red Sox.
1/3/07: IF Greg Jacobs – contract purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies.
10/4/07: RHP Travis Schlichting – contract purchased by the Los Angeles Dodgers. (first former T-Bones to Big Leagues)
12/4/06: IF Craig Hurba – contract purchased by the Seattle Mariners.
8/4/06: RHP Byron Embry – contract purchased by the Seattle Mariners, 7th player sold.
6/8/06: OF Mike Spidale – contract purchased by Philadelphia Phillies, 6th player sold.
4/19/06: IF Rafael Rodriguez – contract purchased by the Baltimore Orioles, 5th player sold.
7/29/05: RHP Caleb Balbuena – contract purchased by the Colorado Rockies, 4th player sold.
6/25/05: RHP Derek Forbes – contract purchased by the Baltimore Orioles, 3rd player sold.
2/26/04: IF Skip Adams – contract purchased by the San Diego Padres, 2nd player sold.
6/27/03: OF Chad Ehrnsberger – contract purchased by the Seattle Mariners, 1st player sold.