08/26/2017 3:35 PM
WICHITA -- The Texas AirHogs have made a number of roster moves as the 2017 regular season winds down. The team will return home for an 8-game homestand to finish out the season after its final road trip to Wichita this weekend.
The AirHogs and Wichita Wingnuts engaged in a trade Friday, with Texas sending Jacob Morris to the Wingnuts in exchange for Jesse Pratt and future considerations. A righty reliever for the AirHogs, Morris, who began his professional career as a position player, is expected to play outfield for Wichita. He finished 1 for 4 in the series opener Friday, doubling in his 1st at bat before later striking out 3 times as the Wingnuts centerfielder.
Pratt is a righty reliever from Independence, Oregon who debuted professionally with the Wingnuts in 2016. He went 6-2 for Wichita last year with an ERA of 3.48. In 2017, he has split time between Wichita and Gary, going a combined 2-4 with a 4.61 ERA. The 6-5, 25-year-old is an alum of Western Oregon University.
The AirHogs have also engaged in a trade with the Kansas City T-Bones. Texas sent righty starter Jared Mortensen to Kansas City on Friday in exchange for RHP Calvin Drummond and a player to be named later.
Drummond is a former 4-year Detroit Tigers minor leaguer who posted a record of 6-3 with the T-Bones this season. He is in his 1st year of American Association Baseball and has recorded 78 strikeouts with a 4.85 ERA.
The AirHogs have also activated player-hitting coach Shelby Ford and infielder/pitcher Sebastian Murray. Ford played in 1 game earlier this season for the AirHogs after managing and playing in Sioux Falls in 2016. An alum of Northeastern University, Murray has served as the AirHogs bullpen catcher this season and is in his 1st year of professional baseball.
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