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Revolution settle on opening day roster and rotation

The York Revolution’s opening day roster is set after an injury, releases and third baseman Travis Garcia departing to a team in the Mexican League.

Atlantic League rules dictate teams may carry 27 active players until June 1, when rosters must be cut down to 25 for the remainder of the season.  That usually figures itself out through signings by MLB organizations, injuries and so on.

While 27 players are still in town, York will actually start with 26 active, with left-handed reliever Edward Paredes beginning on the inactive list with elbow tendinitis.  The Revolution began camp with 31 players, when the following transactions took place:

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Ian Thomas recalled by Braves

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Former York Revolution reliever Ian Thomas pitching at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia on April 14, 2014.

Former York Revolution reliever Ian Thomas (’12) is headed back to the big leagues.  He was recalled by the Atlanta Braves from Triple-A Gwinnett on April 21 to begin his third separate stint in the Majors with Atlanta since the beginning of last season.  In four minor league appearances so far this season, Thomas struck out seven without allowing a run or a walk, and allowed just one hit in 6.1 innings of work.

A season ago, Thomas made Atlanta’s opening day roster after spending all of the 2013 season at Double-A Mississippi, with no Triple-A experience.  He debuted on opening day in Milwaukee, then collected his first Major League strikeout against Bryce Harper in his second appearance in Washington.  Thomas spent the rest of 2014 back and forth between Atlanta and Gwinnett, gaining 16 MLB appearances out of the Braves bullpen, striking out 13 in 10.2 innings.

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“Revs Friday Night Live” to debut on Opening Day

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This past offseason, Sports Radio 1350 WOYK, under the guidance of Central PA radio czar Darrell Henry, debuted the “Revs Hot Stove Weekly” program each Friday at 4 p.m.  Each week, Henry and Revolution Manager Mark Mason unveiled the latest player signings to the Revs roster exclusively on WOYK.

While that show has run it’s course until it returns next February, WOYK will continue it’s commitment to year-round Revolution programming with the debut of “Revs Friday Night Live.” Hosted by Henry and Paul Braverman, the show will be live 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. from the brand new WOYK studios on the Brooks Robinson Plaza at Santander Stadium, prior to every Revolution Friday night home game.

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Infielder Bryan Pounds added, camp roster now at 31 players

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Bryan Pounds, pictured here playing for the Toledo Mud Hens in the Tigers system, adds needed infield depth to the Revolution roster as camp begins.

As the Revolution hit the field for their first full-team workout, infielder Bryan Pounds has been signed, growing the preseason roster to 31 players.  Per Atlantic League rules, teams are permitted to carry 27 active players until June 1, when rosters must be cut to 25 for the remainder of the season.  York currently has 16 pitchers, four catchers and 11 position players under contract.

Pounds, entering his eighth professional season out of the University of Houston, was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 34th round of the 2008 draft.  He spent parts of three seasons at Double-A Erie in that system (2010-2012), and parts of two seasons at Triple-A Toledo (2011-2012).  Pounds hit 16 home runs with 70 RBI in 131 games with Camden last season, each of which were career highs.  He batted .283 for the Riversharks in his first Atlantic League season.  Pounds has spent the majority of his career at third base.

-Paul Braverman

Stephen Penney returning to Revolution, camp roster grows to 30

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“Big Pen” is returning to the Revolution pen for a fourth season. He’s appeared in the most games as a reliever in franchise history.

The York Revolution have announced three last additions to the 2015 preseason roster, highlighted by the return of reliever Stephen Penney.  Second-year catcher Steve Sulcoski also returns to York, while the team adds speedy outfielder Desmond Henry.  The signings were first announced by Revs manager and 2014 Atlantic League Manager of the Year Mark Mason yesterday exclusively on the final preseason episode of “Revs Hot Stove Weekly” on SportsRadio 1350 WOYK-AM.

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Alumni Update: Marte, Feierabend “bank” on Korea, Dbacks may DePend on DePaula

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Ryan Feierabend has parlayed his 17 starts with York in 2012 into MLB time with the Texas Rangers, and now a superb pay day in South Korea.

The Korean Baseball Organization (KBO), which is the top circuit in South Korea, has begun to challenge Nippon Professional Baseball (the Japanese Major Leagues) for top talent in that part of the world. Many Major League veterans have a history of playing in Japan once their earning potential in that country exceeds what it would be playing in Triple-A hoping for an MLB call-up. With the KBO expanding their reach, they have begun offering lucrative contracts to North American-born players rivaling that of Japan.

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Pitchers Hill & DeMark return to York, catcher De La Cruz added

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Whoa, Canada: In 2012 Shawn Hill went from York to Toronto in the same season after posting a Revs-record 27.2-inning scoreless streak, and became the first Rev alum to earn a winning decision in a Major League game when he bested Andy Pettitte and the Yankees on September 29 in Toronto. He is one of four native Canadians to play for both the Blue Jays and Expos, joining Matt Stairs, Rob Ducey and Denis Boucher.

The York Revolution have announced three more additions to the 2015 preseason roster, as starting pitcher Shawn Hill and reliever Mike DeMark have both signed to return, along with catcher Luis De La Cruz.  The signings were first announced by Revs manager and 2014 Atlantic League Manager of the Year Mark Mason this afternoon exclusively on “Revs Hot Stove Weekly” on SportsRadio 1350 WOYK-AM.

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