08/04/2007 3:44 PM -
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The Kansas City T-Bones and manager Andy McCauley announced a cluster of roster moves Saturday, signing free agents Jeremy McIntyre (pictured) and Nick Jaros, and trading for pitcher Raymond Jenkins.
McIntyre, 24, began the season with the T-Bones before separating his shoulder on May 21 against Edmonton. It was McIntyre’s first professional start.
“He’s a great kid that’s been with us since day one. It’s really nice that he stuck with us while we were trying to make the roster moves that enabled us to activate him again,” McCauley said. “He’s definitely a good clubhouse addition and the guys really enjoy having him around.”
Jenkins, 25, was acquired from the Joliet JackHammers in exchange for a player to be named later. The right-hander has made 13 starts this season, posting a 2-8 record with a 6.64 ERA in 63.2 innings. Jenkins is in his fifth season of professional baseball after being drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 16th round in 2003. Jenkins has posted a career 4.80 ERA in 63 outings, 45 as a starter.
“He’s a much better pitcher than his numbers show. I think getting him here and putting him in a different role will serve him well,” McCauley said. “He’s going to go to the bullpen for us as opposed to starting. Primarily we’re looking for Jenkins to throw one or two innings in the middle to get us from our starters to our short relievers.”
Jaros, 22, ended his collegiate career with the University of Central Missouri this spring and is making his professional debut with Kansas City. The Platte City, Mo. native played in 50 games for the Mules in 2007, starting 47 contests, while batting .328 (62-for-189) with 10 doubles, 12 home runs and 54 RBI. Jaros spent 2006 as a member of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, earning All-Big XII honors while hitting .342 with 13 doubles, four home runs and 33 RBI in his only season with the University of Nebraska. Jaros began his collegiate career at Maple Woods Community College, having been selected to the all-region team in each of his two seasons with Maple Woods.
“Nick Jaros is a local kid that has a pretty good playing resume playing at Nebraska and CMSU,” McCauley said. “We brought him in for a workout and we were impressed with his foot speed and his bat speed. We saw good things out of him both in the cage and out in the field.”
The T-Bones are currently in the middle of a three game series with the Winnipeg Goldeyes at CommunityAmerica Ballpark before opening up a six-game road trip on Tuesday.