With September call-ups looming, four former York pitchers in Triple-A have a shot
When MLB rosters expand to a maximum of 40 active players from 25 on September 1, four former Revolution pitches currently in Triple-A will have their fingers crossed they get the call to the big leagues to finish the last month of the regular season. Of course, teams never call-up 15 additional players, but rather a handful. Five to seven usually. Click for the most up-to-date stats for each guy. Should anyone be called up, we’ll have the news for you right here if/when it happens throughout the month of September.
Justin Hampson ’10, Buffalo Bisons (New York Mets)
Hampson was already called up for a three-game cup of coffee with the Mets earlier this season in June, before being re-assigned to Buffalo. The Mets were the third MLB he’s played for, in addition to Colorado in 2006, and San Diego in ’07 and ’08. His call-up to New York marked his return to the big leagues after a four-year absence.
Mike DeMark ’11, Reno Aces (Arizona Diamondbacks)
DeMark, who has previously reached Triple-A with San Diego before playing in York, is striving to make his Major League debut with Arizona. He is tantalizingly close.
Scott Rice ’11, Albuquerque Isotopes (Los Angeles Dodgers)
Like DeMark, Rice is inching closer to his Major League debut. What’s frustrating is that Rice was in big league spring training throughout February and March, and pitched so well it took manager Don Mattingly until the final day to decide who would be the last lefty kept in the Dodgers bullpen. That spot went to Josh Lindblom, who is now with the Phillies after he was included by LA in the trade deadline deal for Shane Victorino. With all the transactions and blockbuster trades the Dodgers have made of late, it feels like Rice has gotten lost in the shuffle. He is very deserving of a September call-up, especially after being so close to making the big league club right out of spring training five months ago now.
Shawn Hill ’12, Las Vegas 51s (Toronto Blue Jays)
Through five scoreless starts with the Revolution this season, Hill set a club record for consecutive scoreless innings with 27.2 before being picked up by Toronto. It’s the home-Provence organization for the Ontario native. Rebounding from injury, the Blue Jays are the most recent team Hill suited up for in the big leagues, back in 2010. Hill has played in parts of six big league seasons with Montreal/Washington, San Diego and Toronto between 2004 and 2010. His 9-1 record in 13 starts for Las Vegas, coupled with the endless injuries the Jays have suffered to starting pitchers this season makes Hill the most likely call-up.
Nothing is a sure thing though, and here’s hoping all of these guys get their opportunity, especially DeMark and Rice as they look to make their MLB debut.