March 13, 2019
SUSSEX COUNTY MINERS ACQUIRE RELIEVER SCOTT KUZMINSKY AND PLAYER TO BE NAMED LATER
FROM KANSAS CITY T-BONES
Kuzminsky Brings Versatility and Control to The Miners Pitching Staff
Augusta, NJ – The 2018 Can-Am League Champion Sussex County Miners announce the acquisition of Kansas City T-Bones (American Association) right handed relief pitcher Scott Kuzminsky and a player to be named later in exchange for infielder Mikey Reynolds.
“Scott is a guy I saw when he was with the Ottawa Champions in 2015. He has high upside and has done well in his time,” said Miners manager Bobby Jones. “He is a consistent strike thrower who is versatile. He can start, relieve and pitch late in the game.”
The 28-year old righty split the 2018 season with two stops in the Seattle Mariners organization and American Association (Independent). He started off the year between the Single-A Modesto Nuts (California League) and the Double-A Arkansas Travelers (Texas League) and went a combined 1-1 with a 3.73 ERA over 31 innings with 25 walks and 18 strikeouts. Following his release, he spent the remainder of the year between the Lincoln Saltdogs and Wichita Wingnuts and authored a 0-0 record with a 1.93 ERA with only one walk and 25 strikeouts over 23.1 innings. At the end of the year the Kansas City T-Bones acquired him from the Wingnuts to complete an earlier trade.
Kuzminsky’s 2017 campaign helped put him on the Seattle Mariners radar. He began the year with the Windy City Thunderbolts of the Frontier League and logged a dominant 32-game stretch while serving in the bullpen. Over this run he went 3-2 with a 1.42 ERA, striking out 42 in 31.2 innings while yielding only 12 walks and 23 hits. Recognizing this performance, the Mariners signed him to a minor league contract. Making his professional debut with the Wingnuts in 2015, going 2-4 with a 4.95 ERA in 22 appearances that included six starts. He finished the 2015 season with Trois-Rivieres of the Can-Am League, and then spent the entire 2016 campaign with the Aigles. Kuzminsky split his collegiate career between Bellevue Community College and the University of Hawaii. While with the Rainbow Warriors he authored a 4-7 record with a 3.39 ERA in two seasons.
“Mikey was great. He took the opportunity we gave him and he ran with it. Mikey was the sparkplug of our offense,” said Jones. “We wish him well and it’s tough to see him go. But we have to do what we need to do in keeping on winning.”
Mikey Reynolds was named to the Can-Am League All-Star Team and proved to be a key contributor to the Sussex County Miners’ clinching their first ever Can-Am League Championship. Known for his hustle and gritty style of play, Reynolds led the league with a .335 batting average, 119 hits and 78 runs scored. He also tied for first with 28 doubles and 45 stolen bases. During the Can-Am League playoffs, he hit. .278 (10-36) with two doubles and two RBIs.
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