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VIDEO: Catching up with Ian Thomas in Philadelphia

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Voice of the Revolution Darrell Henry and Ian Thomas of the Atlanta Braves

A year ago and five days, we caught up with New York Mets LHP Scott Rice when they visited Philadelphia for early season action.  Once again, we journeyed to Citizen’s Bank Ballpark for the same reason- to chat with a former York Revolution left-handed reliever turned Major Leaguer, in his rookie season in the National League East.

This time around, it’s 2012 alum Ian Thomas, who we have written about a time or two in this space since the Atlanta Braves purchased his contract from the Revolution that season.  As we continue to chronicle his rise to the Majors, he was nice enough to take some time out for this interview before the Braves took on the Phillies on April 14.  Here’s a nugget that didn’t make it on-camera:  The first Major League game Thomas ever attended was the first one he PLAYED in, when the Virginia Beach, VA native made his MLB debut in Milwaukee on March 31 of this year.

Watch the entire video below:

-PB & DH

Matt Neil, Mike Massaro off Revolution roster on eve of camp

A day before preseason camp is to begin at Santander Stadium, the York Revolution roster shrunk from 30 to 28, with the news that starting pitcher Matt Neil has been signed by the Tampa Bay Rays, and outfielder Mike Massaro will not report and has been placed on the inactive list.

The circumstances around each are good news…Neil’s offer from Tampa Bay came just two days after his signing with the Revolution was announced, marking the second time that’s happened to the Revs this preseason, after the same situation with starter Shawn Hill and Toronto in March.  Massaro is interviewing for scholastic coaching positions in his native Colorado.  Originally supposed to be the Revolution’s leadoff man and centerfielder, it’s not completely out of the question that Massaro could play for York this season.  If he does however, it will be later in the season, and he will not be joining the club for camp at this time.

Expect Neil to be assigned to either Triple-A Durham, or Double-A Montgomery in the Rays system, after splitting last season at each level with the Marlins.  Massaro, was set to enter his first Atlantic League season after spending the last five with Gary Southshore, where he hit .318 combined in that time establishing himself as one of the top hitters in the American Association.  His nine-year professional career may be coming to an end should he get into coaching; he ascended as high as Triple-A Sacramento with the Oakland A’s in 2008.

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Local product with MLB time headlines final preseason signings

Dillsburg native Anthony Lerew joins the Revs after three seasons overseas

Dillsburg native Anthony Lerew joins the Revs after three seasons overseas

The York Revolution have finalized their preseason roster by announcing four more signings, with right-handed pitcher and local product Anthony Lerew, fellow righties Mike McClendon and Matt Neil, and outfielder Steve Bumbry all agreeing to terms. The signings were made official today by manager Mark Mason.  Read the rest of this page »

Tomko turns back the clock

Tomko Omaha

Omaha! – Former Revolution pitcher Brett Tomko is still bringing it strong at 41, and looking to crack the Kansas City Royals roster soon. Doing so would make for his 15th MLB season.

When 14-season MLB veteran Brett Tomko chose the York Revolution at age 40 to launch one final run at a Major League roster spot, he was perhaps greeted with skepticism due to that landmark age, despite his big league pedigree.  It hardly fazed him as he made 19 starts with York.

With Tomko’s first start at Triple-A Omaha a hugely successful one, on his 41st birthday no less, he may now be on Kansas City’s radar as more than just a veteran presence helping younger minor leaguers.  By pitching on his birthday last night (April 7), he became the oldest player in Omaha franchise history, firing six innings of one-run ball, scattering just four hits against a Memphis club (St. Louis) widely believed to have several future Major League contributors.

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Free Baseball: Sunday April, 20

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On Easter Sunday, the Revolution will be hosting the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in a 2 p.m. exhibition game at Santander Stadium.  The game is open to the public, and admission is free.  Concession stands will not be in operation that day.

So join us to whet your appetite for the regular season, which begins the following Thursday, the 24th, at 6:30 p.m. at home against Camden.  The Revs begin camp on Monday, April 14.  With a preseason roster at 26, which should be around 30 or 32 by the time camp starts, there figures to be plenty of competition, especially on the pitching staff.

-Paul Braverman

Ian Thomas whiffs Bryce Harper for first MLB strikeout

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Ian Thomas entered last night’s game in Washington in the bottom of the eighth, with the Braves holding a 6-2 lead.  With the Nationals eying a comeback with the heart of their order due up, Thomas’s stuff was electric.  He struck out Bryce Harper with a 93 mile an hour fastball, with Harper not being able to lay off the high heat.  Harper was furious with himself after the at bat, smashing his helmet and a few other things in the Washington dugout.

Thomas then got Jayson Werth to fly out to center, which was followed by an Adam LaRoche single.  Thomas stranded the runner however, once he struck out Danny Espinosa swinging as well.  Despite having a four run lead, it was still a most impressive effort from Thomas, being thrown into the fire of one of baseball’s better lineups.  Needless to say, there are few bigger stars than Bryce Harper against whom to rack up your first big league strikeout, and keeping Jayson Werth inside the ballpark is always an accomplishment.

This was Thomas’s second MLB appearance, after he pitched just a third of an inning at Milwaukee on Opening Day, March 31.  His first batter faced in the bigs was Lyle Overbay, who grounded out.  In two games and 1.1 innings, Thomas has allowed no runs, two hits and has two strikeouts without a walk in his MLB debut.  Not a shabby start for the 2012 Revolution alum.

-Paul Braverman

Revs land Cuban pitching prospect, re-sign Penney and Tracy

Jorge Martinez - Cuba

The York Revolution have landed Cuban pitching prospect Jorge Martinez while bringing back reliever Stephen Penney and first baseman Chad Tracy in the most recent wave of preseason signings. The contracts were officially announced today by manager Mark Mason, growing York’s roster to 26 signed players with the start of Atlantic League spring training just over one week away. Read the rest of this page »

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