Revs add shortstop Gonzalez, catcher Scott
The two-time defending Atlantic League champion York Revolution have announced two more player signings, inking veteran shortstop Danny Gonzalez and catcher Travis Scott to contracts for the 2012 season. The signings bring the Revs’ preseason roster count to 12 players officially under contract, with a little more than a month remaining before the start of spring training.
Gonzalez provides the Revs with steady defense to help anchor the infield, as well as a solid bat in the lineup. The switch-hitter has spent parts of five seasons in the Atlantic League, suiting up forLancasterfrom 2005-2008, before returning to the circuit with the Road Warriors last season.
Gonzalez is a career .294 hitter in the Atlantic League, and approached that mark with a solid .289 average a year ago. He has also mashed 46 home runs in the Atlantic League, including a career-best 16 withLancasterin 2007. Defensively, Gonzalez topped all Atlantic League shortstops with his .975 fielding percentage last season. TheSan Juan, Puerto Rico native broke into professional baseball as a Philadelphia Phillies prospect, selected in the fourth round of the 2000 draft out ofFloridaAirAcademy. He has also played in the Chicago Cubs organization.
“We’re happy to add Danny to the lineup,” said Revs manager and 2011 Atlantic League Manager of the Year Andy Etchebarren. “He was a tough out with the Road Warriors last season, and I like what he gives us defensively at shortstop.”
Scott enters his seventh professional season in 2012. Originally drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 2005, the 26-year-old backstop clubbed double-digit homeruns in three consecutive seasons forHighDesertfrom 2007-2009, including a career-best 15 while batting .285 during the 2009 season. Scott reached Double-A West Tennessee in the Mariners organization in 2010, and also saw time at the Double-A level as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization last season. The left-handed hitter comes to the Revolution with high recommendations.
“He will be a great option against right-handed pitching and he can also play first base or DH,” said Revs pitching coach Mark Mason. “My friends from the Pirates organization including their farm director believe he’ll be a really good fit here. It’s not common to find situation catchers, but we have that this year.”
The Revs will begin their quest to become the first team in Atlantic League history to win three consecutive league championships on April 26 with a visit toSugar Land,Texasto open the season against the expansion Skeeters. York’s home opener at Sovereign Bank Stadium is set for Tuesday, May 1 against the Camden Riversharks when the Revs honor last year’s championship team with a pregame ring ceremony on the field.