02/17/2003 12:29 PM - Kansas City, KS, February 17, 2003 Kansas City T-Bones manager Al Gallagher announced today that he had completed trades to acquire two players with strong local ties.
D.J. Johnson is a 63 right handed pitcher who resides in Baxter Springs, Kansas. Jonathan Krysa is another right-hander, who lives in Lees Summit, Missouri, and is a recent graduate of Rockhurst University.
Johnson, 28, was selected by the Rockies in the 9th round of the 1997 draft. After several years in that organization, he moved to independent ball, playing in the Western League with Chico and Yuma. For the 2002 season, he moved to another independent league, playing for the Adirondack Lumberjacks of the Northeastern League.
Krysa, 24, was selected by the Astros in the 26th round of the 2000 draft. He played two seasons in that organization, before moving last year to the Edinburg Roadrunners of the independent Central League.
We are pleased to have acquired two players who have played baseball in this area, said manager Al Gallagher. Bringing in the best players possible is our goal, but when we get two who have local ties, the fit is even better.