09/07/2006 1:08 PM - Kansas City, KSThe Kansas City T-Bones are pleased to announce that three of the mainstays of their 2006 team have been selected as Northern League post-season All-Stars. Pitcher Jonathan Krysa, catcher Craig Hurba and outfielder Greg Jacobs received the laurels, the Northern League announced Thursday.
Jonathan Krysa, of Lees Summit, Mo., was selected as the leagues All-Star right-handed pitcher after a season in which he went 13-5 with a 3.74 ERA. Krysa, 28, enjoyed a season in which he was selected as the leagues Rawlings Pitcher of the Month for June, when he was a perfect 5-0 with a 2.21 ERA; he capped his season by winning five of six August decisions while posting a 3.25 ERA. Krysa was also selected to start for the East Division in the leagues All-Star Game, held at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. The fourth-year T-Bone, who led the Northern League in strikeouts in 2005, was second in the circuit in whiffs (129), innings pitched (161.1) and fifth in games started (23).
Krysa is joined on the team by outfielder Greg Jacobs, who enjoyed another banner season with the T-Bones. Jacobs, 29, was fourth in the Northern League in batting in 2005, and came back in 2006 with a vengeance. The resident of Scottsdale, Ariz., was in the top five in the Northern League in seven offensive categories, including batting average (.333, second), on-base percentage (.444, second), and slugging percentage (.571, third), and led the Northern League in outfield assists with 15. Jacobs was also named as the leagues player of the month for June, when he hit .394 and socked five home runs while driving in 25.
The Northern League All-Star catcher, Craig Hurba, was behind the plate for 91 of 96 T-Bones games this season, a remarkable 94.7% of the contests. Hurba, 25, tied for second in the Northern League in home runs with 18, smashing ten of the round-trippers in the month of July, when he also hit .326. Overall, Hurba batted .269 and drove in 47 runs in his first professional season as a regular. The Oneonta, NY, native also hit two grand slams for the T-Bones, both of which proved to be game-winners.
The Kansas City T-Bones are members of the Northern League, the nations oldest and most accomplished independent league. In 2006, the T-Bones averaged 5,852 fans per game, which is 134% of CommunityAmerica Ballparks listed capacity the highest percentage of attendance to capacity in all of baseball. For season ticket information, call the T-Bones at (913)328-BALL (2255) or visit www.tbonesbaseball.com.