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Wingnuts’ Justin Klipp shows up ready for action in win

American Association baseball players get a four-month season and eight months to figure out how to best make it through.

Wingnuts can’t find timely hits in 6-3 loss

The whole of the Wingnuts’ offense Saturday night proved less than the sum of its parts.

Wingnuts hammer Grand Prairie 9-1

It didn’t take long for the Wingnuts to put it all together.

Wingnuts win high-scoring season-opener

Grand Prairie and the Wingnuts appear to have constructed two of the best lineups in the American Association. So good, in fact, that each team’s ace pitcher couldn’t contain the offense.

Clevlen leads 2014 Wingnuts with major-league tools

Brent Clevlen plays baseball with a quiet, effortless glide that makes the game appear easy, and there was a time when it seemed particularly easy for him.

Jeffrey Lutz breaks down the 2014 Wingnuts

Jon Link returns to anchor the starting rotation. As a starter for the first time since breaking in with the San Diego Padres organization in 2005, last year Link went 6-1 with a 1.74 ERA for the Wingnuts before being acquired by the Detroit Tigers. Link, whose 19 starts last year between Wichita and Double-A were 10 more than he had in the previous eight years combined, will be followed by returners Anthony Capra and Justin Klipp. Rounding out the rotation are newcomers Tim Brown, formerly of Lincoln in the American Association, and left-hander Alan Williams, who reached Double-A for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2013.

Defense, pitching still mainstays for Wingnuts

The 2014 Wingnuts might hit for unprecedented power, but manager Kevin Hooper isn’t abandoning old standbys – pitching and defense.

2014 Wingnuts promotions

Thursday – Magnet schedule giveaway

2014 Wingnuts roster

No.PitchersBTHt.Wt.2013 (League, Affiliation)
4Alex HinshawLL6-3185Bridgeport (Atlantic, Ind.)
12Justin KlippRR6-4230Wingnuts
17Patrick MinceyRR6-3190Grand Prairie (Am. Assoc.)
18Matt RobertsonLR6-0206Kitchener (Intercounty, Ind.)
19Alan WilliamsLL6-2205Wisconsin (A, Brewers)
21Daniel BennettSR6-4220Wingnuts
23Jon LinkRR6-1205Toledo (AAA, Tigers)
26Jason Van SkikeRR6-4205Winston-Salem (A, White Sox)
30Tim BrownRR6-3205Gateway (Frontier, Ind.)
31Matt NevarezRR6-5250Montgomery (AA, Rays)
35Anthony CapraLL6-1215Wingnuts
37Mike ZouzalikLR6-3205Myrtle Beach (A, Rangers)
No. Catchers B T Ht. Wt. 2013 (League, Affiliation)
13Chris McMurrayRR6-1190Birmingham (AA, White Sox)
Position Players
2Ryan Khoury (SS)RR5-11180Wingnuts
5Dillon Hazlett (3B)RR6-0205High Desert (A, Mariners)
7Taylor Oldham (IF)RR6-0195Taos (Pecos, Ind.)
9David Amberson (OF)RR6-2210Wingnuts
11Jake Kahaulelio (2B)RR5-10185Wingnuts
16J.T. Wise (1B-C)RR6-0215Chattanooga (AA, Dodgers)
22Brent Clevlen (OF)RR6-1205Wingnuts
24Chun-Hsiu Chen (1B-OF)RR5-11210Columbus (AAA, Indians)
44Carlo Testa (OF)LL6-4225Traverse City (Frontier, Ind.)

2014 Wingnuts schedule

May Opponent Time
Thurs.Grand Prairie7:05
Fri.Grand Prairie7:05
Sat.Grand Prairie7:05
SundayGrand Prairie2:05
MondayKansas City7:05
TuesdayKansas City7:05
Wed.Kansas City7:05
22at Gary7:10
23at Gary7:10
24at Gary6:10
25at Gary2:10
2at Kansas City7:05
3at Kansas City7:05
4at Kansas City11:05
5at Kansas City7:05
6at Grand Prairie7:05
8at Grand Prairie (DH)1
10Kansas City 7:05
11Kansas City7:05
12Kansas City7:05
13at Amarillo7:05
14at Amarillo7:05
15at Amarillo6:05
16at Laredo7:30
17at Laredo7:30
18at Laredo7:30
23Grand Prairie7:05
24Grand Prairie7:05
25Grand Prairie7:05
26Grand Prairie11:05
27at Lincoln7:05
28at Lincoln7:05
29at Lincoln5:05
3at Sioux City7:05
4at Sioux City7:05
5at Sioux City7:05
7Sioux Falls7:05
8Sioux Falls7:05
9Sioux Falls7:05
15at Grand Prairie7:05
16at Grand Prairie7:05
17at Grand Prairie7:05
18Sioux City7:05
19Sioux City7:05
20Sioux City2:05
25at Amarillo7:05
26at Amarillo7:05
27at Amarillo6:05
31at St. Paul7:05
1at St. Paul7:05
2at St. Paul7:05
3at Fargo-Moorhead6
4at Fargo-Moorhead7:02
5at Fargo-Moorhead7:02
6at Fargo-Moorhead7:02
7at Winnipeg7
8at Winnipeg7
9at Winnipeg6
10at Winnipeg1:30
11at Lincoln7:05
12at Lincoln7:05
13at Lincoln7:05
15Grand Prairie7:05
16Grand Prairie7:05
17Grand Prairie2:05
21at Laredo7:30
22at Laredo7:30
23at Laredo7:30
24at Laredo7:30
25at Grand Prairie7:05
26at Grand Prairie7:05
27at Grand Prairie7:05

Wingnuts beat Gary 10-2 in exhibition finale

Jose Roman went 3 for 5 with five RBIs, including a three-run double, as the Wingnuts ended their exhibition scheduled with a 10-2 victory over Gary SouthShore on Monday afternoon at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.

Wingnuts try to create environment that will appeal to players

Before Ryan Khoury arrived to play baseball in Wichita, he couldn’t believe it when he was told that the Wingnuts and their manager, Kevin Hooper, had cultivated an environment similar to those in affiliated ball.

Wingnuts continue work on power-average combination

Hitting for batting average and for power are separate tools used to evaluate baseball players, because it’s difficult to do both.

City eager for board to run National Baseball Congress World Series

City officials hope to have a board of directors in place next month to take over operation of the National Baseball Congress World Series.

Wichita transfers NBC World Series control from Wingnuts to nonprofit foundation

The nonprofit NBC Baseball Foundation will oversee the 80th National Baseball Congress World Series in late July and August.

Wingnuts may be forced to tinker with 2014 roster

The same core group of baseball players got the Wingnuts to consecutive American Association championship series without being able to win one. Most of the important offseason decisions will revolve around whether to give that group another chance or to chase the elusive championship with a different blend.

Gary beats Wingnuts to win American Association crown

Wingnuts manager Kevin Hooper often talks about the importance of just getting into the playoffs, where an anything-can-happen mentality prevails as a 100-game regular season turns into two best-of-five sprints.

Gary beats Wingnuts 7-6 in Game 3

Cristian Guerrero might not be the best fit for a Gary SouthShore team built upon plate discipline and speed. Guerrero, the RailCats’ 33-year-old designated hitter, stole three bases and had a 104-29 strikeout-to-walk ratio during the regular season.

Former coach Brian Rose continues to inspire Wingnuts

A baseball bench coach is, essentially, there to support the manager.

Wingnuts beat RailCats in 10 innings, pull even in championship series

The Wichita Wingnuts secured a road split in the American Association championship series.

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