03/28/2006 3:57 PM - The Kansas City T-Bones added a pair of right-handers to their 2006 pitching staff today with the acquisitions of Billy Phillips and Brian Beuning. Phillips, a Miami, FL native, signed with the T-Bones after spending the 2005 season in the Red Sox organization, where he went 0-1 with a 4.15 earned run average and 14 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings for Bostons Gulf Coast League club. Kansas City also obtained the rights to Beuning (pictured right) from the Kalamazoo Kings of the Frontier League for a player to be named later.
Phillips signed with Boston as a non-drafted free agent last June after concluding a standout collegiate career at Florida Gulf Coast University. The 23-year-old hurlers 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings ranked 37th among all NCAA Division II pitchers in 2005. Phillips posted 13 wins and 139 strikeouts in his two years at FGCU, placing him second on the fledgling programs career leader board in each category.
Beuning, 25, went 8-4 with a 3.21 ERA in 87 relief appearances for Kalamazoo over the past two seasons. The Bemidji State product led the Frontier League in appearances (54) and earned run average (2.59) and helped the Kings capture the league title in 2005.
With the signing of Phillips and acquisition of Beuning, the T-Bones have now filled 18 roster spots for the upcoming season. The clubs home opener is slated for Tuesday, May 23rd versus Joliet following a four-game set in Schaumburg to kick off the 2006 campaign.