By Jerry Del Priore
After hitting .333 with one home run and 16 RBI in 68 games in the lead-off spot for the independent Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association (AA), the New York Mets purchased the contract of infielder Dylan Tice Saturday.
The Mets have assigned Tice, 25, to the Brooklyn Cyclones, their short-season, Single-A affiliate of the New York-Penn League (NYPL).
Tice flourished at the plate for the T-Bones all season long. The Perkasie, Pennsylvania, native was ninth in the AA in average, fourth with 55 runs scored, fifth in hits with 91 and fourth in on-base percentage at .428.
In addition, the five-foot-eight, 190-pounder had walked 41 times and added 12 stolen bases as the T-Bones’ spark at the top of the batting order. Plus, Tice was second in the club in stolen bases and has been hit by a club-leading seven pitches this year.
Kansas City wasn’t his first stint in independent ball. Tice enjoyed an All-Star season in which he rapped .327 for the Rockland Boulders of the CAN-AM League in 2017. He was tied for team-best in batting average and would finish fifth overall in the circuit in the batter’s box. Tice added four homers, 49 RBI, 72 runs scored, and 32 base thefts to his stellar numbers.
The St. Louis Cardinals selected Tice in the 36th round of the 2015 MLB Amatuer Draft out of West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He would spend parts of two seasons with the Cardinals organization, reaching Advanced Single-A Palm Beach in the Florida State League (FSL) in 2016.