Feierabend picked up by Reds, roster move(s) coming – UPDATE BELOW: Roster moves made
Check out the official press release after the jump.
Darrell Henry groans: “It always happens when you’re hot,” in reference to the Revolution losing their best starting pitcher during a stretch that has seen them take three of four games in three consecutive four-game series. Winners of nine of 12 and 11 of 17, the Revs have shaken off their 6-13 start (low point), and have rebounded to climb just 3.5 games out of first in the Freedom Division just past the quarter-pole of the season. They have 34 games left this half to chase down Lancaster, with 20 of those games coming at home. Seven head-to-head meetings with the Barnstormers remain in the first half as well, including the 100th regular season meeting between the two clubs, when Lancaster makes their first “War of The Roses” visit to Sovereign Bank Stadium June 22-24.
I say: “That’s what we’re here for.” So although losing Feierabend hurts, things are still looking up for the suddenly hot and surging Revolution. Darrell’s anguish over losing our best starter is short-term, he’s secretly happy for him. (Take it as a compliment Ryan, if Darrell is freaking out because someone is leaving, it probably means they did a pretty bang-up job.) Feierabend, who was in Phillies big league spring training as a reliever, has a chance to pitch in the big leagues this season for Cincinnati if things go well at Triple-A Louisville, where they plan on starting him this Friday at Syracuse. A solid showing in their rotation and who knows, a call to Cincinnati could be in order for a spot start, or a September call-up to pitch out the bullpen. So don’t order your customized Ryan Feierabend Cincinnati Reds jersey just yet, just start saving for it now. I’ve taken the liberty of pulling the mock-up off MLB Shop just for giggles:
What will the corresponding roster move be? We’re not sure yet, but rumor has it Shaun Garceau and Ricardo Gomez are both feeling good and ready to return from injury. Garceau will begin as a reliever, but could start again for the Revs once he builds up his innings. While nothing is certain yet, lefty Jake Stevens, who signed with York but ended up in Mexico in April, was released from his Mexican League club and could return to the Revolution. At this point, that’s a big “could” though. In any event, the Revolution are looking for another starting pitcher, as Garceau won’t be ready for that yet. Look for Omar Javier, who has been impressive lately as a long guy out of the pen, to maybe catch a spot start in the meantime.
UPDATE: The anticipated roster moves have been made in advance of tonight’s game, quicker than we thought. Shaun Garceau has indeed been removed from the Inactive List, and is ready to pitch out of the Revs bullpen. Lefty Kris Regas, who originally opted to return to York, but also ended up starting the season south of the border, has also departed from Mexico and has re-joined the team. He too has been removed from the Inactive List, joining Garceau in the Revolution bullpen. Reliever Andy Wells has been released after three appearances with the team, after signing on May 21.
The contract of left-handed pitcher Ryan Feierabend has been purchased by the Cincinnati Reds, it was announced on Tuesday, June 5. Feierabend becomes the second Revs left-handed pitcher to be signed by a Major League organization in 2012, joining reliever Ian Thomas who signed with Atlanta on May 17.
Feierabend went 3-2 with a 3.24 ERA in seven starts for the Revolution, ranking eighth in the Atlantic League in ERA. He walked only four batters while striking out 24 total in 41.2 innings of work.
Feierabend dominated on a five-start stretch from May 2-25, going 3-0 with a 1.30 ERA, while hurling four consecutive quality starts.
Feierabend capped that stretch by allowing just two runs in eight innings in a no-decision in Lancaster on May 19, which was followed by a nine-inning complete game effort in a 4-2 victory against Southern Maryland on May 25. It was Feierabend’s fourth career complete game, and his first nine-inning complete game since 2007 at Triple-A Tacoma.
Feierabend, 26, has spent parts of three seasons in the major leagues with the Seattle Mariners, making his big league debut at just 21 years old in 2006, the third youngest player in the American League at the time. The lefty made 25 Major League appearances, including 19 starts with Seattle. Among his highlights were victories over the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees. He was a ten-game winner at the Triple-A level in the Philadelphia Phillies organization last season.
“We knew this day was coming, and we couldn’t be happier for Ryan,” said Revs manager Andy Etchebarren. “That’s why players come to this league, and I think he’s got a good chance to make it back to the Major Leagues.”
A Cleveland native, Feierabend will pursue a return trip to the Major Leagues in his home state with Cincinnati. Feierabend currently resides in Strongsville, Ohio.