Mets purchase T-Bone Dylan Tice

 The New York Mets have purchased the contract of infielder Dylan Tice from the Kansas City T-Bones of the independent American Association's Kansas City T-Bones. Photo Credit: Kansas City T-Bones

The New York Mets have purchased the contract of infielder Dylan Tice from the Kansas City T-Bones of the independent American Association's Kansas City T-Bones. Photo Credit: Kansas City T-Bones

By Devon Teeple

The GM's Perspective

The New York Mets have signed Kansas City T-Bones infielder, Dylan Tice.

Tice, originally drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 36th round of the 2015 MLB draft, spent the first two years of his career in their minor league system. But his best years, and where his talent has flourished, has been in the Independent Leagues (Rockland/Kansas City).

In 2017 as a member of the Rockland Boulders, Tice hit .327 good enough for fifth in the league. He was also in the top 10 in doubles with 23 and OBP (.412) Tice also tied for the league lead with 32 stolen bases.

Following his All-Star season, the Boulders traded Tice to the Sugar Land Skeeters. The trade was short lived. Prior to Spring Training, the Skeeters traded him to the T-Bones.

Fast forward to 2018, and it’s much of the same for Tice. The power numbers aren’t necessarily the same, (one home run, 17 doubles), but his OBP is at a career high at .428 and his batting average is also a career best .331.

It’s been reported that the Mets have assigned Tice to class-A Short-Season Brooklyn and  if history is any guide, you can bet he’ll be hitting just like he always does.

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Devon Teeple

Danny was born in Ted Lindsay's hometown of Renfrew, Ont. but his roots are in nearby Douglas. He played 27 consecutive seasons of top-level amateur baseball in the senior ranks in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Quebec and thrived on organizing events himself, the major one being the highly successful 1983 Canadian senior men's tournament in Sudbury. He began covering the Montreal Expos in 1988 when he joined the Montreal Daily News. Later, he was the Expos beat writer for the Ottawa Sun and Associated Press. He has written four baseball books, including Remembering the Montreal Expos, which he co-authored with Bill Young of Hudson, Que. Gallagher and Young are currently working on a book about the ill-fated 1994 Expos squad. Gallagher can be reached here: dannogallagher@rogers.com