Monarchs add two pitchers

After right-handed pitcher Justin Shafer was transferred to the Chicago Cubs’ organization and right-handed pitcher J.J. Hoover was traded to Lexington for cash, the Monarchs added a pair of arms to their pitching staff.

Left-handed pitcher Jacob Lindgren, 28, and right-handed pitcher Jose Taveras, 27, became the newest additions to Kansas City’s roster on Saturday.

Lindgren, a former second-round pick of the New York Yankees in 2014, last pitched this season for Triple-A Charlotte in the Chicago White Sox’s organization. The left-hander struck out eight and walked 15 in eight innings of work for the Knights.

Lindgren has appeared in the major leagues before in 2015 with the Yankees. He appeared in seven games and allowed four runs in seven innings for New York (5.14 ERA). Across all levels, Lindgren showcases a 2.79 ERA with 336 strikeouts and 109 walks in 251 ⅓ innings.

Taveras doesn’t have major league experience but reached as high as Triple-A in the Philadelphia Phillies’s organization. The right-hander last pitched for the Adelaide Giants in the Australian Baseball League in 2019 — where he posted a 5.40 ERA in 10 innings.

Taveras was signed by the Phillies on November 10, 2013. He spent the better part of six seasons in Philadelphia’s farm system — working a 2.96 ERA in 105 games with a 1.096 walks and hits per inning pitched.

The Monarchs lost Friday night’s game with the Winnipeg Goldeyes, 14-8.

The Goldeyes got 17 hits, including 13 singles, in the game. The Monarchs are now 15-11, with the Goldeyes 11-14.

Jan Hernandez hit two home runs, while Colin Willis and Morgan McCullough had one each for the Monarchs.

It was in the seventh inning when McCullough and Hernandez hit home runs, coming within one run of the Goldeyes, but the Goldeyes scored four runs in the eighth inning and one more in the ninth to win the game.

The Monarchs square off against the Winnipeg Goldeyes in Game 2 of 3 on Saturday night. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.

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