American Association All-Star Break Review: Kansas City T-Bones
In American Assoit appeared in get up yourciation Daily, this is the unofficial All-Star break in the American Association, so Robert Pannier takes a look at Kansas City T-Bones and how they have performed to this point in the season and take a look at what to expect as the American Association heads to its stretch run.
A Look at the Kansas City T-Bones: Summary
Record: 39-21, Second (4.5 Out in South Division)
Team Batting: Avg: .297 (2nd), HR: 46 (6th), R: 349 (2nd), SB: 68 (4th)
Team Pitching: ERA: 3.90 (4th), Saves: 23 (2nd), WHIP: 1.28 (1st)
Batting: Todd Cunningham (.388)
Home Runs: Keith Curcio (7)
RBI: Nick Torres (43)
Runs Scored: Dylan Tice (47)
Stolen Bases: Mason Davis, Keith Curcio (12)
Wins: Hunter Adkins, Tommy Collier (5)
ERA: Joe Filomeno (1.26)
Saves: Carlos Diaz (9)
IP: Tommy Collier (80.0)
The Kansas City T-Bones Highlights
On paper, the Kansas City T-Bones may be the most talented team in the league. They are the second best hitting team in the American Association and have an outstanding pitching staff as well. The top four in this batting order are absolutely deadly, and they have a great combination of speed, power, and ability to hit for average.
What has been most impressive about them this season season has been the job that manager Joe Calfapietra has done in replacing players who have been signed. Kansas City has lost six players to affiliate contracts and two to Mexico, yet he has still figured out a way to keep this team stocked with incredible talent. It is amazing the losses they have suffered but have still played at such a high level.
The Kansas City T-Bones Low-Lights
The one area of weakness for Kansas City is thestarting pitching staff. After Collier and Adkins the staff is thin, and if they are going to compete with Sioux City there’s going to have to be an upgrade in this area. No concern though as Calfapietra has found a way to get top talent all season long and no doubt he will find a way here as well.
Top Player – Todd Cunningham
Since Todd Cunningham signed with Kansas City it has been happy days for the T-Bones. The outfielder is leading the American Association with a .388 average, and has scored 36 runs and driven in 30 in 45 games. In addition, he has walked 36 times, which puts him tied for fifth in the league. He has seven stolen bases and 19 extra-base hits and it is a wonder why Cunningham has not returned to affiliate ball.
Top Pitcher – Tommy Collier
Tommy Collier started out the season 1-3, but he has won four straight and has allowed just one earned run in his last 23.2 innings pitched. The right-hander has won his last four decisions and has struck out 79 batters in 80 innings pitched. Collier has not hurt himself this season, walking just 11 batters. He has established himself as the ace of the staff.
The Kansas City T-Bones are in an interesting position right now. They trail Sioux City by just 4.5 games, and have a real shot at winningthis division especially considering that they have six games remaining against the Explorers. However, Wichita trails Kansas City by just a game and a half and it is rumored that some help is on the way for the Wingnuts as well. Kansas City could very well find themselves as the top team in the league come playoff time or on the outside of the postseason altogether.
By Robert Pannier