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Cubs Purchase Contract of T-Bones' Buckelew

07/03/2018 6:44 PM - KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The Kansas City T-Bones announced today the Chicago Cubs purchased the contract of left-handed pitcher James Buckelew.

In 2018, Buckelew pitched 18.2 innings in six games for the T-Bones with a 2-1 record, 6.75 ERA and 17 strikeouts. He joined the T-bones after a short stint with the AAA New Orleans Baby Cakes, where in six games he was 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA. Buckelew also played two quick games with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp before heading to Kansas City.

In 2014, Buckelew began his career with the Marlins of the Gulf Coast League. The Georgia native went 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA.

In 2015, Buckelew spent time with the Greensboro Grasshoppers playing in 43 games with a 6-4 record and 3.72 ERA. In 2016, he played for two teams. 31 games were spent with the Jupiter Hammerheads where he had a 5-2 record with a 2.74 ERA and he played one game with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.

In 2017, Buckelew again split his time between the Jupiter Hammerheads and the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp of the Southern League, playing in 31 games with a combined 2-8 record and an average ERA of 2.52.

Buckelew is the 33rd Kansas City player to have his contract purchased while with the T-Bones. In May, the Washington Nationals purchased the contract of outfielder Adam Brett Walker and the New York Mets purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Cody Martin.

The T-Bones are 26-15 on the season, having won eight of their last ten games. They are in the middle of a three-game homestand against the Sioux Falls Canaries.

Season, group, mini-plans and nightly party suites are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting the Box Office at T-Bones Stadium. Call the Box Office at 913-328-5618 or purchase and print at www.tbonesbaseball.com. Box office hours are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday – Friday and10:00 am to 2:00 pm Saturday. For additional information or interview requests, members of the media may contact the T-Bones Media Relations Department at (817) 739-3693. Stay tuned to www.tbonesbaseball.com. and the T-Bones Facebook and Twitter pages for updates throughout the season.