By Jerry Del Priore
After hitting .295 with five RBI and nine walks with a slash line of .436/.318/.755 in 44 at-bats in 14 games with the Brooklyn Cyclones — the New York Mets’ short-season Single-A affiliate of the New York-Penn League (NYPL) — last year, the Kansas City T-Bones announced Wednesday that the club has brought back infielder Dylan Tice for the 2019 season.
Tice enjoyed great success with the T-Bones, lacing .333 with one home run and 16 RBI while in the leadoff spot for the club before the Mets purchased his contact on August 4, 2018.
The Perkasie, Pennsylvania, native was ninth in the independent American Association in average, 4th with 55 runs scored, 5th in hits with 91 and 4th in on-base percentage at .428 in 68 contests.
Additionally, Tice walked 41 times and had 12 stolen bases, as well as getting plunked by a pitch a club-best seven times last year.
Tice came to Kansas City following an All-Star campaign in 2017, in which he hit .327 for the Rockland Boulders of the independent CAN-AM League. Tice was tied for the squad lead in batting average and would finish fifth overall in the circuit at the plate. He would add four home runs and 49 RBI while scoring 72 runs. His 122 hits were good for fifth in the league, and he would lead the Boulders and the CAN-AM with 32 base thefts.
The St. Louis Cardinals selected Tice in the 36th round of the 2015 MLB Draft out of West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He would spend parts of two seasons with the Cardinals organization, reaching high A Palm Beach in the Florida State League in 2016, hitting .288 with a long ball and 18 RBI in 68 contests in ’16.
Tice spent eight games at Low Single-A Peoria in the Midwest League, smacking a home run and driving in six runs in 35 at-bats, and he spent another 20 games at short-season Single A State College in the NYPL with two long balls, 10 RBI and a .281 batting average that same campaign.
Tice spent 41 games following the 2015 draft with the Cardinals Gulf Coast League club. He hit .280 with one home run and 22 RBI in his rookie season of professional baseball.