By Jerry Del Priore
The Kansas City T-Bones of the independent American Association announced Monday that the team has signed pitcher Jeff Walters to a contract for the 2017 campaign.
In addition, in mid-April, Kansas City inked hurler Darin Gorski—who will also serve as the T-Bones’ pitching coach—to a deal.
Five different organizations (San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals, Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles and New York Mets) drafted Walters, but he decided to go with the New York after they picked him in the seventh round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft out of the University of Georgia (Athens, GA).
While with the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2011, the 29-year-old righty recorded a 4-6 mark with a 3.32 ERA with 48 strikeouts in 65 innings in 14 games
Walters reached as high as Triple-A Las Vegas twice (2014, ’16). In seven seasons with the Mets, he amassed a 22-22 record with 3.93 ERA.
New York picked the six-foot-four-inch, 215-pound Gorski in the seventh round of the in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft out of the University of Pennsylvania.
Gorski totaled three wins and four losses with a 4.91 ERA, fanning 50 batters against 26 bases-on-balls while with Brooklyn in 2009.
In 2016, Gorski split time between Las Vegas and the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League. He combined to post a 10-6 record with a 4.95 ERA in 129 innings.
Gorski has spent most of his time in Triple-A. The 29-year-old lefty has a career record of 62-45 with a 4.07 ERA with 809 whiffs and 350 walks in 187 games (163 starts).
Kansas City opens the 2017 regular season at home on Friday, May 19 at 7:05 p.m. against the Lincoln SaltDogs.