(Coach) Keoni joins the Pirates
York Daily Record Revolution beat writer Jim Seip is reporting that former Revs infielder and fan favorite Keoni DeRenne has accepted a minor league coaching job with the Pittsburgh Pirates. This news comes on the heels of recently retired Vince Harrison also joining the minor league coaching ranks with Pittsburgh, the organization where his brother Josh is projected to be the everyday Major League third baseman in 2012.
Where DeRenne or Harrison will be assigned to next season is still unclear. The Pirates minor league affiliates are; the State College Spikes of the New York-Penn League (Short-Season A), the West Virginia Power of the South Atlantic League (A), the Bradenton Mauraders of the Florida State League (A Advanced), the Altoona Curve of the Eastern League (AA) and the Indianapolis Indians of the International League (AAA).
Considering this is Harrison’s first professional coaching job, the lower levels seem likely for him, and perhaps even the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in Florida, which is preceeded by extended spring training at the Pirates complex in Bradenton, FL. The former Jamestown Jammer DeRenne on the other hand does have some coaching experience with the Philadelphia Phillies, as in 2010 they brought him in as a special minor league player-coach, and he shuffled between four Phillies affiliates, Lakewood (A), Clearwater (A Adv.), Reading (AA) and Lehigh Valley (AAA). DeRenne was an original Rev dating back to the inaugural season in 2007, and played with the team through 2009. He was to be named the Revolution captain by Manager Andy Etchebarren prior to the 2010 season (a distinction that would’ve been a team first, and still hasn’t happened) after DeRenne decided to postpone retirement to play one more season for York. But then late in the off-season, the Phillies extended the offer which he accepted.
DeRenne’s most notable moment from his tenure with the Phillies came in a Double-A Eastern League game with Reading at Harrisburg on April 21, 2010. Stephen Strasburg made his third professional start for Harrisburg that day, allowing just one hit in five shutout innings. The lone hit off the phenom was courtesy of DeRenne, who rapped a single in the second inning after Strasburg retired the first seven he faced. Strasburg improved to 2-0, striking out six with a walk.