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Revs’ 2021 House of Talent Gets ‘Fuller’

The York Revolution has further filled its newest roster with 2019 Atlantic League All-Star closer Jim Fuller and infielder Chris Vazquez. The signings were announced by Revs manager Mark Mason on Monday’s airing of Revs Hot Stove Weekly presented by Shipley Energy live on SportsRadio 98.9 FM & 1350 WOYK.

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Fuller, 33, begins his fourth season in the Atlantic League and 12th overall in professional baseball. The left-handed hurler was selected by the York Revolution in the first round of the 2019 New Britain Bees Dispersal Draft. In 2019 with New Britain, Fuller was 7-2 with a 1.03 ERA, 68 strikeouts, and 25 saves in 61 relief innings. His performance earned him a 2019 Atlantic League Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star selection, as he was selected the league’s top closer at season’s end.

A 21st round selection by the New York Mets in 2008 out of Southern Connecticut State University, the 5-foot-10 southpaw went 16-11 with a 2.01 ERA and 213 strikeouts in his first three professional seasons. In 2010 with Single-A Savannah, Fuller was named Most Outstanding Pitcher in the South Atlantic League as well as a Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star. The Brighton, MA, native spent five seasons in the Mets system before being claimed off waivers by Minnesota at end of 2013. During his time with the Twins, Fuller played his first season in New Britain with the then-Double-A Rock Cats. He would return to New Britain as a member of the Bees starting in 2018.

Fuller has also spent time in the Athletics and Pirates organizations, making it to Triple-A in both systems. Across three Atlantic League seasons (Long Island in 2017, New Britain in 2018-19), the reliever is 10-3 with a 1.80 ERA in 118 appearances and has 140 strikeouts in 119.2 innings. In his career, Fuller in 39-26 with a 2.68 lifetime ERA with 575 punch outs in 280 games.

“He has been tremendous in our league,” commented Mason.  “We’re really excited to bring him in. He’s a dominant reliever, and I hated to see him come into games when we were trailing. He’s excited to be here. He’s one of the pitchers that always impressed me when he came in for the opposition.”

Vazquez enters his first season with the Revolution. The former standout at the University of South Carolina Beaufort was a career .317 hitter with the Sand Sharks. Making 91 starts with innings at second, short, and third, Vazquez drove in 61 runs and stole 30 bases. As a senior, Vazquez led USCB in triples and was second in runs scored and third in stolen bases. The Orlando, FL, native graduated with a degree in Business Management.

“We had originally signed Chris for the 2020 season,” stated Mason. “He really performed well at a lot of the showcase camps put on for Major League teams last year, and I had received several calls from scouts with multiple organizations that said it was a shame their rosters were full but highly recommended him to come with us.”

The Revs will continue to unveil player signings for the upcoming 2021 season live on Revs Hot Stove Weekly presented by Shipley Energy each Monday at 6:30 p.m. on SportsRadio 98.9 FM & 1350 WOYK. The next episode will air on Monday, April 19, immediately following The Baltimore Baseball Show with Dan Connolly and can also be streamed on 989woyk.com and on the go with The New WOYK app.

Revs Beef Up 2021 Roster with Returning All-Star

Two big weapons are returning to the York Revolution clubhouse. All-Star outfielder Welington Dotel and towering right-hander Austin Steinfort have signed Revs contracts for the 2021 season. The signings were announced by Revs manager Mark Mason on Monday’s airing of Revs Hot Stove Weekly presented by Shipley Energy live on SportsRadio 98.9 FM & 1350 WOYK.

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Dotel, 35, returns for his third season in York. The right-handed hitting outfielder batted .313 with 13 home runs, 19 doubles, five triples, 79 RBI, and 34 steals (tied for third in Revs single-season records) in 125 games with York in 2019, earning a second straight selection to the Atlantic League All-Star Game. That followed his 2018 performance that saw him hit .317 during his first season with the Revs with seven long balls, 23 doubles, six triples, 60 RBI, and 19 steals in 107 games.

Over his first two seasons in York, Dotel has racked up 14 outfield assists, tied for seventh in franchise history. His 53 career steals with York currently stands as fifth-most in the Revs record books, and his 11 triples are tied for fourth. The 2021 season will be Dotel’s sixth in the Atlantic League, where he is a career .313 hitter.

“He’s one of the best defensive right fielders in the league for sure,” remarked Mason. “He’s a really good hitter. He hits the ball tremendously well to right-center field. He has power to hit home runs to all fields. He’s a veteran and has a good idea of what he’s doing at the plate. He’s also a great clubhouse guy, great teammate, and wants to play every single day. He wouldn’t complain if I played him 100 days in a row. He’s a joy to manage and coach.”

The Dominican Republic native was named Atlantic League Player of the Year in 2015 after batting .340 (tied for first in league) with eight home runs, 31 doubles (tied for third), and league-highs in hits (180), triples (13), and steals (45) as a member of the Bridgeport Bluefish. Dotel followed that performance by batting .335 (second in league) in 95 games for the Bluefish in 2016. He spent most of 2017 in the Mexican League, batting .333 for Laguna before finishing the campaign in Bridgeport and landing in York a year later.

Dotel found a home in York early in the 2018 season after initially beginning that year with Sugar Land. He was originally a Seattle Mariners prospect, spending the first five seasons of his pro career in their farm system. He enters his 14th pro season in 2021 as a career .312 hitter.

Steinfort, 25, joined the Revolution in August 2019. The right-hander went 3-1 with a 5.33 ERA in six outings including five starts with York, striking out 19 batters in 27.0 total innings. In two of his victories, Steinfort held the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs scoreless on just three hits, including a six-inning gem in his Atlantic League debut on August 22. During Game Three of the Division Series on September 27 of that season, Steinfort etched his name into the Revs record books by retiring 10 consecutive batters, the most by a reliever in a playoff game in franchise history.

“He did a good job overall,” commented Mason. “He was starting to get comfortable in our rotation. He showed a good changeup and was deceptive. He’s very competitive and he attacks the hitters.”

Prior to joining the Revs, the Holland, MI native pitched in the Empire League in 2019 to the tune of a 2-0 record and a 2.93 ERA across six appearances, including four starts. He also spent part of 2019 in the United Shore League, going 2-1 with a 2.95 ERA in 21.1 innings pitched for Birmingham-Bloomfield. Standing at 6-foot-9, Steinfort is tied with Andrew Carber and MLB/NBA veteran Mark Hendrickson for the distinction of being the tallest player in Revs history.

A product of Rochester (MI) University, Steinfort has also served as a volunteer assistant coach for his alma mater. Prior to turning pro, Steinfort placed his name in the record books at Rochester with a top 5 finish in single season ERA and top 10 records in career innings pitched, strikeouts, ERA, and complete games.

The Revs will continue to unveil player signings for the upcoming 2021 season live on Revs Hot Stove Weekly presented by Shipley Energy each Monday at 6:30 p.m. on SportsRadio 98.9 FM & 1350 WOYK. The next episode will air on Monday, April 12, immediately following The Baltimore Baseball Show with Dan Connolly and can also be streamed on 989woyk.com and on the go with The New WOYK app.

Revs’ March Signings Go Out Like a Lion

The York Revolution closed out March with huge roster additions, nabbing local product and Major League veteran right-hander Casey Lawrence while re-signing outfielder Darian Sandford, one of the greatest stolen base threats in Atlantic League history. The signings were announced by Revs manager Mark Mason on Monday’s airing of Revs Hot Stove Weekly presented by Shipley Energy live on SportsRadio 98.9 FM & 1350 WOYK.

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Lawrence is expected to join the front end of the Revolution starting rotation, coming to York from nearby McSherrystown, PA. The 33-year-old enters his 11th season of professional baseball and is coming off a 2020 season that saw him sign minor-league deals twice with the Minnesota Twins despite not seeing any innings; the 2020 MiLB season was cancelled due to COVID-19. The 6-foot-2 hurler most recently spent 2019 playing overseas in Japan with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp, where he posted four wins, a 4.80 ERA, and 76 strikeouts in 110.2 innings.

The former Delone Catholic Squire was originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Albright College (Reading, PA) by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2010. Lawrence impressed in his first pro season, posting a 7-2 record with a 2.33 ERA in 16 games (13 starts) between Short Season-A Auburn and Single-A Lansing. The Adams Countian quickly rose through the Blue Jays minor league ranks, reaching Triple-A Buffalo by 2013. In 2015, Lawrence set the all-time wins record for the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats franchise with his 20th, a record that he still holds with a total of 24 victories, including a 12-win showing that season.

On April 8, 2017, Lawrence received his first Major League call-up and debuted in extra innings against the Tampa Bay Rays. A month later, the Seattle Mariners claimed Lawrence off waivers, and he quickly put himself in the Mariners’ record books. On June 1, Lawrence set a Seattle record for most strikeouts in a relief appearance with nine in five innings against the Colorado Rockies. The Mariners retained Lawrence for the 2018 season as he made the club’s Opening Day roster.

In 38 MLB games, Lawrence is 3-3 with a 6.64 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 78.2 innings. Across nine seasons in the minor leagues, Lawrence is 73-69 with a 3.77 ERA and 766 strikeouts in 1,129.1 innings. That includes 15 wins and a 3.73 lifetime ERA at the Triple-A level.

“We’re really excited to have Casey here, and I know he’s looking forward to playing in front of the home crowd,” said Mason. “He’s got great career numbers, and we see him being able to come in and be an impact starting pitcher for us right out of the gate and possibly get picked up a Major League club again.”

Sandford, 33, arrives in York after spending three seasons on the other side of the Susquehanna River with the rival Lancaster Barnstormers. He originally signed with the Revs for the canceled 2020 season. During his time in the Atlantic League, Sandford has batted .277 with 190 runs scored, 305 hits, 88 RBI, and a Barnstormers record 201 stolen bases (fifth-most in Atlantic League history) in 312 games. The St. Louis, MO, native stole 82 bases (second-most in league history) during the 2018 season, followed by 74 steals (fourth-most in league history) in 2019. He led the league by at least 24 bags in each of the last two campaigns. Sandford has been named to the Atlantic League Red, White and Blue All-Defensive Team in back-to-back seasons and played in the Atlantic League All-Star Game in 2018.

During his first Atlantic League season in 2017, Sandford batted .324 with a .403 on base percentage and 45 steals in just 60 games played. He had his contract purchased by the Washington Nationals in June of that season, and in 50 games at Double-A Harrisburg collected 33 hits and stole 21 bases while completing a six-year journey back to a Major League organization.

“He’s a prolific base stealer,” commented Mason. “He plays a great center field defensively. We’ve seen him go and get a lot of balls that had no business being caught. He’s on a short list of greatest base stealers that have ever played in this league. He can turn a walk into a triple on two pitches and we’re thrilled to have him here. He can just flat out fly and should be a nice addition to get on base for our power lineup.”

Originally a 47th-round selection by the Kansas City Royals in 2010 out of Park (MO) University, Sandford spent two seasons in the Royals minor league system. In those two years, the 5-foot-8 outfielder sported a .263 average, collected 77 hits and 27 RBI, and stole 57 bases splitting time between the Arizona League Royals and Idaho Falls Chukars.

Sandford has spent time in several other professional baseball leagues, making appearances in the Frontier League, Can-Am, and Pacific Association. Prior to advancing to the Atlantic League, Sandford stole 123 bases in parts of two seasons for Vallejo (Pacific) and finished the 2016 season just one shy of 100 stolen bases. His 99 stolen bases in 116 attempts is still a Pacific Association single-season record.

In 835 career games, Sandford has a .260 career average and .347 on-base percentage. Entering his 11th pro season, the switch hitter has 788 career hits, 528 runs scored, and 606 stolen bases.

The Revs will continue to unveil player signings for the upcoming 2021 season live on Revs Hot Stove Weekly presented by Shipley Energy each Monday at 6:30 p.m. on SportsRadio 98.9 FM & 1350 WOYK. The next episode will air on Monday, April 5, immediately following The Baltimore Baseball Show with Dan Connolly and can also be streamed on 989woyk.com and on the go with The New WOYK app.

Chomping at the Bit for Baseball: ‘Daddy Shark’ Returns to Revs

The York Revolution announced the return of one of the Atlantic League’s top hitters and a potential starting pitcher when it revealed the re-signing of All-Star outfielder Melky Mesa and left-handed pitcher Austin Nicely. The return of both players, who had previously signed with York in 2020, was announced by Revs manager Mark Mason live on Tuesday’s Revs Hot Stove Weekly presented by Shipley Energy on SportsRadio 98.9 FM & 1350 AM WOYK.

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Nicknamed “Daddy Shark” by Revs fans for his iconic walk-up music, Mesa earned an Atlantic League Post-Season All-Star Team selection for the second time in as many years after ending the 2019 season ranked fifth in the league in batting average (.298) and fourth in slugging percentage (.500). The outfielder became just the second player in franchise history to author a pair of 20-homer seasons, joining Chris Nowak (2011-12). In addition, Mesa finished top 10 in the league in total hits (137), tied for fifth in extra-base hits (49) and drove in 70 runs during his second season in York.

The year before, Mesa was named Revs’ Player of the Year after batting .337 (tied for fourth in Revs history), smashing 20 home runs, and earning 89 RBI (seventh in club history). His slugging percentage of .577 was the second highest in single-season franchise history at the time (now third). Mesa was selected to represent the Revolution in the Atlantic League All-Star Game in both of his first two years with the team.

Mesa, 33, is entering his 16th season in professional baseball. Heading into his third season in York, he is among career franchise leaders in several categories, ranking tied for ninth all-time in batting average (.316), tied for eighth in home runs (40), tied for ninth in triples (8), tenth in RBI (159), and fourth in slugging (.535).

“He’s such a great guy and great teammate,” commented Mason. “He’s also extremely talented and one of the most feared hitters in our league. He’s a really great guy to have back and a very steady bat in the middle of our order.”

Mesa originally signed with the New York Yankees in 2003 and ascended through the Yankees farm system. The Dominican Republic native was a South Atlantic League All-Star in 2009 after belting 20 home runs for Charleston and was the Florida State League Player of the Year in 2010, when he clubbed 19 long balls while hitting .260 with Tampa. He combined to bat .264 with a career-high 23 home runs between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2012 and was an Eastern League All-Star, earning his first big league call-up. Mesa appeared in three games for the Yankees in 2012 and five more in 2013, combining to go 6-for-15 with a pair of doubles.

Mesa has spent parts of five seasons at the Triple-A level in the Yankees, Kansas City Royals, and Toronto Blue Jays organizations. Over his minor league career, he has totaled 159 home runs, 599 RBI, and 133 stolen bases.

Nicely, 26, returns to the Revs after joining York in September 2019. Along with that of teammate Jake Welch, Nicely’s contract was acquired in a trade with the Evansville Otters (Frontier League). The lefty made one start for York, striking out three batters in four innings and earning a no decision on September 13, 2019, at Lancaster.

“He’s competing for a starting rotation spot,” stated Mason. “We only got to see one start back in 2019, but there’s an opportunity for him to come back in and make an impact for us.”

In two seasons with Evansville, Nicely was 14-12 with a 4.28 ERA in 26 starts, racking up 151 strikeouts in 206.1 innings. The Grottoes, VA, native spent four years in the Houston Astros system after being selected in the 10th round of the 2013 MLB Draft. Reaching as high as Class-A Quad Cities, Nicely is 21-25 with a 4.79 ERA in 77 games, including 60 starts over his pro career.

The Revs will unveil more signings each week on Revs Hot Stove Weekly presented by Shipley Energy on SportsRadio 98.9 FM and 1350 WOYK. The next airing will be on Monday, March 29, at a new airtime of 6:30 p.m., immediately following the season premiere of The Baltimore Baseball Show with Dan Connolly, and available online at 989woyk.com and on The New WOYK app.

Revs Bolster 2021 Roster with Catcher, Pitcher

The York Revolution continue to lay the foundation for the 2021 roster, announcing this week the addition of power-hitting catcher Carlos Castro and starting pitcher Jake Welch. The return of both players, who had previously signed with York in 2020, was announced by Revs manager Mark Mason live on Monday’s Revs Hot Stove Weekly presented by Shipley Energy on SportsRadio 98.9 FM & 1350 AM WOYK.

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Castro, 26, enters his ninth season of professional baseball. In 2019, the righty bat was a stalwart in the middle of the order for Evansville of the Frontier League, where in two seasons he batted .305 with 97 hits, 21 doubles, 11 home runs, and 38 RBI.

The Dominican Republic native spent the first six years of his career in the Atlanta Braves organization. Reaching High-A Florida, Castro was a MiLB.com Organization All-Star in 2016 and a Florida State League All-Star in 2017. While with the Fire Frogs, Castro put together excellent performances, including a five-for-five, three homer, eight RBI game against the Daytona Tortugas on May 10, 2017. He enjoyed his best power year with the Braves in 2016 at Single-A Rome, slugging 15 doubles, four triples, and 17 home runs while collecting 57 RBI, helping propel Rome to a South Atlantic League title. During his final three years in the Braves system, Castro compiled 146 RBI in 230 games.

In his career, Castro is a .280 hitter with 452 hits, 148 extra-base hits (44 home runs), and 251 RBI. Behind the dish, Castro threw out 35% of baserunners while in the Braves system.

“We’re really excited to bring Carlos in,” commented Mason. “He can catch and play first base, has a lot of power. We’re going to look at him mostly at the catching position, but he’s another guy that we can rotate, and he’ll be a good bat in the middle of our order as well.”

Welch, 27, returns to the Revolution after coming aboard in September 2019. The right-hander was acquired from Evansville, where across two seasons he was 15-11 with a 3.35 ERA. In 28 starts, the Spencerport, NY, native threw 234.1 total innings and struck out 205.

In his Revs debut on September 12, 2019, the 6’6 hurler went 6.1 innings against the Long Island Ducks, taking a shutout into the fifth and allowing just one run on four hits while striking out eight without a walk. Welch started three games on the mound for York in 2019 and struck out 20 in 17.0 innings.

“Jake threw the ball well, and I liked what I saw in 2019,” said Mason. “We’re going to give him an opportunity to come in and compete for a starting rotation spot.”

The Revs will unveil more signings each week on Revs Hot Stove Weekly presented by Shipley Energy on SportsRadio 98.9 FM and 1350 WOYK. The next airing will be on Monday, March 22, at 6 p.m., and available online at 989woyk.com and on The New WOYK app.

Revs Add Experienced Arms as MLB Vet, ALPB Vet Join Pitching Staff for 2021

The York Revolution’s 2021 pitching staff includes a new starter and a new reliever. Alex Sanabia and Brandon Fry were unveiled as the latest signings by Revs manager Mark Mason live on Monday’s Revs Hot Stove Weekly presented by Shipley Energy on SportsRadio 98.9 FM & 1350 WOYK.

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Sanabia, 32, enters his 15th season of professional baseball. The right-hander played 2019 in Mexico for Aguascalientes and Leon, putting up 70 strikeouts in 101.1 innings.

A 32nd round pick out of Castle Park (CA) High School in 2006 by the Marlins, Sanabia quickly rose through the minor league ranks. He was named a Mid-Season All-Star for High-A Jupiter in 2010 and during that same season was promptly promoted to Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans before getting a call up to the Major Leagues.

At 21 years old, Sanabia made his Major League debut on June 24, 2010, pitching 3.1 relief innings against the Baltimore Orioles. In his first taste of the majors, the San Diego native posted a 5-3 record with a 3.73 ERA in 15 games, including 12 starts.

Sanabia put up career strikeout numbers in 2014 with 104 at the Triple-A level between the Marlins and Diamondbacks organizations. The 6-foot-2 hurler has also spent time in the Angels and Cubs minor league systems. In 28 MLB appearances, including 24 starts, Sanabia is 8-10 with a 4.15 ERA and 86 strikeouts. In 167 minor league outings (137 starts), Sanabia is 43-47 with a 4.57 ERA and 557 punchouts.

“He obviously brings a high experience level to our staff,” stated Mason. “He’s made a lot of starts and has been dependable throughout his career. He’s excited to come in and pitch and see if he can get an opportunity to get back to the Majors. He’s been working out really hard and is excited to come in and start for us.”

Fry, 27, enters his eighth season of professional baseball, fifth in the Atlantic League. The Revolution acquired the rights to the former New Britain Bee reliever by selecting him in the second round of the 2019 Player Dispersal Draft. An 18th round pick by the San Diego Padres in 2013, Fry made his debut for Single-A Eugene that same year. The lefty pitched four seasons for the Bees after leaving the Padres system in 2016. In 2019, Fry went 1-1 with a 3.34 ERA, striking out 33 batters in 35.0 innings.

“He’s a workhorse of a pitcher,” commented Mason. “He had really good stuff and did a great job in this league. He has an assortment of pitches. He’s working hard and is ready to come in here. We’ll be using him out of the bullpen, and we could use him anywhere from the sixth inning on. We’re excited to have him.”

The Revs will unveil more signings each week on Revs Hot Stove Weekly presented by Shipley Energy on SportsRadio 98.9 FM and 1350 WOYK. The next airing will be on Monday, March 8, at 6 p.m., and available online at 989woyk.com and on The New WOYK app.

Revs Add Talent to the Outfield, Behind the Plate

The York Revolution announced outfielder Rashad Crawford and catcher Tyler Hill will be joining the club for the 2021 season. The signings were announced by Revs manager Mark Mason live on Monday’s Revs Hot Stove Weekly presented by Shipley Energy on SportsRadio 98.9 FM & 1350 WOYK.

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Crawford, 27, spent 2019 in the New York Yankees system, seeing 114 games with the former Double-A affiliate Trenton Thunder. The left-handed hitter ended the year with a .262 batting average, 105 hits, 21 extra-base hits including seven home runs, 47 RBI, and 21 stolen bases. A native of Atlanta, Crawford was an 11th round selection by the Chicago Cubs in the 2012 MLB Draft out of Mundy’s Mill High School in Clayton, GA.

In five years with the Cubs organization, Crawford started with the Arizona League Cubs in 2012 and reached High-A Myrtle Beach in 2016. While with Low-A Boise in 2014, Crawford was named a Northwest League Mid-Season All-Star as his performance featured a 19-game hitting streak from June 30 to July 19.

On July 25, 2016, Crawford was traded to the New York Yankees along with SS Gleyber Torres, RF Billy McKinney, and RHP Adam Warren in exchange for lefty closer Aroldis Chapman. The 6-foot-3 outfielder quickly rose to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre within his first two seasons with New York.

“The reports on him from a lot of the scouts have described ‘Major League tools’,” commented Mason. “He can play all three outfield positions and bring a lot of versatility here with the way he puts the ball in play, runs, and plays great defense so we’re really happy to have him. There’s a lot of upside for him, and he’s excited to get here.”

Entering his 9th season of professional baseball, Crawford is a .248 hitter with 578 hits, 145 extra-base hits (24 home runs), 255 RBI, and 119 stolen bases in 643 games. The speedster also has three seasons of 20 or more steals under his belt.

Hill, 24, played in the month-long 2020 Empire League Series in Washington, PA, with the Saranac Lake Surge. Hill was the first player selected in the series by Mason, who volunteered to manage the Surge in 2020 as the series took place in his western Pennsylvania hometown. Hill impressed with a .329 average, 25 hits, and 12 RBI including a 4-for-4 performance on September 16. The right-handed hitter also spent 2019, his first professional season, with the Surge. Across his Empire League career, Hill is a .325 hitter with 49 hits, 10 extra-base hits, and 28 RBI in 47 games.

“I thought Tyler was the best position player at the series,” stated Mason. “His pop times on throws to second base were incredible. He hit really well, and the thing that I liked about Tyler the most was that he was a natural leader among a bunch of players that he didn’t know beforehand. He’s an extremely hard worker and deserves an opportunity to come in and see what he can do here.”

The Lancaster, Ohio, native played college baseball for Fairmont State (WV) University. In his junior campaign, Hill earned All-Mountain East Conference honors with a .380 average, seven home runs, 36 RBI, and a .620 slugging percentage. A three-year starter, Hill batted .333 with 10 home runs, 74 RBI, 20 doubles, five triples, and a .492 slugging percentage in his four-year collegiate career.

The Revs will unveil more signings each week on Revs Hot Stove Weekly presented by Shipley Energy on SportsRadio 98.9 FM and 1350 WOYK. The next airing will be on Monday, March 8 at 6 p.m., and available online at 989woyk.com and on The New WOYK app.

Hot Stove Season Arrives in York

The York Revolution have announced their first pair of player signings for the 2021 season, as right-handed pitcher Duke von Schamann and first baseman Nellie Rodriguez will return to York. The signings were announced by Revs manager Mark Mason live on Monday’s Revs Hot Stove Weekly presented by Shipley Energy on SportsRadio 98.9 FM & 1350 WOYK.

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Von Schamann, 29, arrived in May 2019 via a trade from Gary SouthShore (American Association). In his very first start with York on May 26 vs. Lancaster, the righty took a one-hit shutout into the fourth. The debut was just the start of increasingly impressive performances from von Schamann on the mound. The starter set a new club record with a 42.0 inning walkless streak, not allowing a base on balls in six straight starts from Aug. 16 to Sep. 11. The Tulsa, OK, native threw two complete games with York (July 31 at Somerset and Aug. 21 vs. Southern Maryland), with his second being a three-hit shutout of the Blue Crabs, facing just two batters over the minimum. von Schamann was one of two 10-win pitchers for the 2019 Revs and held a 3.51 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 128.1 innings. The 6-foot-5 pitcher walked just 16 batters in 22 starts.

“The one thing you know about Duke is he’s going to throw strikes,” commented Mason. “I thought he got better as the year went on in 2019, and we’ve had some conversations this off-season about what he’s working on for this year. We’re really excited to get him back. He’ll throw it over the plate, keep us in the game, and eat up some innings for us. That’s a really good signing right out of the gate for us.”

Before toeing the rubber at PeoplesBank Park, von Schamann played for Joliet of the Frontier League, where in two seasons he combined for a 9-9 record with a 3.38 ERA. In 165.1 innings of work, he accumulated 117 strikeouts to just 29 walks.

A 15th round selection by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2012 MLB Draft, von Schamann pitched for two seasons in the Dodgers system before being traded to Cleveland in 2014. Reaching as high as Triple-A Columbus, von Schamann was 28-22 with a 4.35 ERA across his time with L.A. and Cleveland. Von Schamann played college baseball at Texas Tech University and is the son of former Miami Dolphins kicker Uwe von Schamann.

Rodriguez, 26, had signed with York during the 2020 preseason and spent 2019 in the Cleveland organization with Double-A Akron. The right-handed power hitter earned 55 hits and 13 doubles, belted 12 home runs, and drove in 42 runs that year. A New York, NY, native, Rodriguez has spent his entire pro career with the Indians after being a 15th round pick in 2012 out of George Washington High School (NY), the alma mater of former MLB great Manny Ramirez. Rodriguez also spent his youth on the 16U and 18U USA Baseball teams.

The 6-foot-2 first baseman started his first pro season with the AZL Indians in 2012 and reached Triple-A Columbus by 2017. The righty bat was an Organization All-Star for Cleveland in 2015 and 2016. Spending a large portion of 2015 with the High-A Lynchburg Hillcats, Rodriguez was named a Post-Season All-Star and Carolina League MVP after ripping 109 hits, 51 extra-base hits (17 home runs), and 84 RBI. Rodriguez came within two RBI of 100 total that season, including his time spent at Double-A Akron.

“Nellie brings a lot of power,” said Mason. “He’ll boost our lineup in the middle. He’s hit for power everywhere he’s been. He’s also a good first baseman. He’s still pretty young, so there’s a big upside for him to showcase what he can do for all 30 Major League clubs.”

In his eight-year career, Rodriguez is a .234 hitter with 702 hits, 307 extra-base hits (127 home runs), and 491 RBI in 852 games. Those totals are highlighted by 27 home runs at the Triple-A level, including 17 with Columbus in 2017, and 47 long balls at the Double-A level, including a career-high 26 with Akron in 2016.

Rodriguez’s father, Nelson, also played professional baseball reaching Double-A with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Revs will unveil more signings each week on Revs Hot Stove Weekly presented by Shipley Energy on SportsRadio 98.9 FM and 1350 WOYK. The next airing will be on Monday, March 1, at 6 p.m., and available online at 989woyk.com and on The New WOYK app.

Revs Sign York Native Sanger

It’s a homecoming for the latest addition to the York Revolution roster. The Revs announced the signing of outfielder Brendon Sanger to a contract for the 2020 season. The signing was first announced by Revs manager Mark Mason live on Monday’s Revs Hot Stove Weekly presented by Shipley Energy on SportsRadio 98.9 FM & 1350 AM WOYK. Click here to listen to the entire episode, and click here to read more.

Castillo and Smoker Returning to Revs Roster

Experience doubled down as the York Revolution announced the returns of All-Star infielder Henry Castillo and MLB veteran reliever Josh Smoker. The signings were first announced by Revs manager Mark Mason live on Monday’s Revs Hot Stove Weekly Presented by Shipley Energy on SportsRadio 98.9 FM & 1350 AM WOYK. Click here to listen to the show archive, or click here to read more about the signings.