BILLINGS — The Billings Mustangs are sending a fourth player on to affiliated baseball, as right-handed pitcher Taylor Bloye has signed with the Kansas City Royals organization.
Bloye started six games with Billings in 2021, going 2-2 with a 4.15 ERA in 34 2/3 innings. He struck out 28 and walked 14. He went eight innings in his final start with the Mustangs in a 4-1 over Great Falls on July 8, allowing one run on five hits with five strikeouts and no walks.
Bloye began the season in the independent Pioneer League with Missoula.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Bloye is a native of Australia. He attended Covenant College in Georgia and spent the past four seasons pitching in independent baseball. He joins another ex-Mustang in the Royals system: shortstop Jordan Hovey signed with Kansas City in June.
Meanwhile, infielder Liam Sabino was signed away from Billings by the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.
The first Mustangs player to sign an affiliated deal did so prior to the Pioneer League season starting. Billings owner Dave Heller said right-handed pitcher Malcolm Van Buren was picked up off the team's roster by the Atlanta Braves and is now playing at Class A Augusta. Van Buren was originally a 31st-round drat choice of the Royals in 2016.