LINCOLN — The Saltdogs acquired RHP Jake Kuebler, a former Lincoln Southeast First Team Super-State hurler and Kansas City Royals prospect in a trade with Sioux City on Wednesday.
Kuebler went 3-2 with a 2.15 ERA in 75 1/3 innings for the Explorers in 2016.
The 27-year old Lincoln native was a Huskers commit but signed with the Royals after being selected in the 2008 MLB draft.
Kuebler began his professional career as a corner infielder before converting to a pitcher in the New York Mets organization in 2013.
The 6-foot-5 standout boasts a career ERA of 3.26 in 188 innings and has also slugged 19 home runs, with 44 doubles and 103 RBI.
Kuebler joins fellow Lincoln native and former high school teammate Trever Adams, whom the ‘Dogs acquired in a trade with St. Paul in September.
In the deal, Lincoln also acquired INF Cody Lenahan, a promising 24-year old who finished fourth in the American Association in doubles last season.
Lenahan hit .264 with 12 home runs, 27 doubles and 49 RBI over 90 games for the Texas AirHogs in 2016.
To complete the deal, Lincoln sent to the Explorers: RHP Lindsey Caughel, RHP Brad Orosey and LHP Ryan Davis.
The Saltdogs begin the 2017 campaign May 19 in Kansas City, with the home opener set for May 25. For ticket information please visit saltdogs.com.