Nick Schwaner’s request was granted as the Evansville Otters traded him to the Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association on Monday.
“Nick has done everything for me and the Evansville Otters organization the last two years and we would have loved to have him for (the rest of) this year,” stated Otters manager Andy McCauley. “He expressed an interest to play in the American Association and I felt I owed him the opportunity. We wish him the best of luck with Kansas City and his career.”
The American Association is considered a higher-level independent league than the Frontier League, of which the Otters are a member.
The trade compltes a previous trade between Evansville and Kansas City. The Otters will also receive a player to be named later.
Schwaner ranks among the top hitters in franchise history. He has 27 home runs (ranking second), 43 doubles (tied for second), 333 total bases (third) and 121 runs batted in (tied for fourth) playing for Evansville.
Formerly a 30th-round draft choice of the Tampa Bay Rays organization, Schwaner played two years in the Rays’ farm system, before joining the Otters in 2010.
“Thanks for the opportunity to come back and play in Evansville (this season),” stated Schwaner. “I had a great time playing with the guys on the team and wish them and the organization the best of luck going forward.”