Officially under construction: The Revs’ 2013 roster
The first player signings of the Mark Mason era were made official today, with the club bringing back dependable lefty starter Chris Cody for his third season, while signing former top prospect Andy Marte (pictured), who is looking to rejuvenate his career in the Revs infield. The full press release after the jump.
The initial player signings of the Mark Mason era were made official today, as the first-year manager announced the return of lefty starter Chris Cody, and the signing of infielder Andy Marte as the first pieces in place on the 2013 York Revolution roster. The signings kick off a process of building this year’s club that will take place over the next 12 weeks, leading up to Opening Night on April 18.
Cody has been one of the more dependable starters in the Atlantic League during his two seasons in York, and enters the year third in club history in wins (19) and second in starts (46), innings (269.0) and strikeouts (190).
Often a victim of poor run support last season, Cody still managed double digit victories, going 10-14 with a 4.38 ERA. The earned run average was just below his 4.39 ERA with York in the 2011 season, during which he went 9-5 before earning a contract with the Atlanta Braves.
Cody set a club record for quality starts in a season last year with 14, and his 164.1 innings were one short of matching the best mark in team history. The former eighth-round draft pick of the Detroit Tigers had reached the Triple-A level as a Milwaukee Brewers prospect before coming to York.
“Chris gives us an opportunity to win games,” said Mason. “He provides quality starts and knows how to pitch and compete.”
Only 29 years old, Marte brings six seasons and 301 games of Major League experience to the Revs, embarking on his first Atlantic League season. The Dominican Republic native played in his home country last season, and last played in the United States at Triple-A Indianapolis in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in 2011. Marte has played in the Majors with the Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians, and was regarded as one of baseball’s top prospects when he debuted with Atlanta as a 21-year-old in 2005. A power threat at the plate, he is a .271 career minor league hitter with 138 home runs, and has totaled 183 hits, including 71 extra-base hits and 20 home runs at the Major League level.
“Andy can play both first and third base and will provide some power to the middle of our lineup,” said Mason. “I believe he will take complete advantage of his opportunity here to showcase the talent that made him a top prospect.”
The Revs will begin their quest for a fourth consecutive playoff berth on April 18 when they host the Bridgeport Bluefish at 6:30 p.m. on Opening Night. The Revs are one of just two teams in the Atlantic League to reach the postseason each of the last three years.
A little more background on Marte… last season, he didn’t sign in the Atlantic League right away as he was looking for another shot with a Major League organization, and when that didn’t happen, infields around this league were already set, so that’s why he ended up playing the summer in a league back home. But he’s looking for a fresh start, and he understands that teams will need to see him play here and play well in order to get that chance, so the upside is definitely high here for the Revs. It will be fun to have him in the middle of the order.
Back in 2005, the Braves actually had to make a decision on Chipper Jones’ future with Marte, a top prospect, knocking on the big league door, and Jones showing some age by that point. But Atlanta chose to re-sign Jones to a lucrative three-year deal to keep him in Atlanta, making Marte expendable. He was dealt to Boston in a deal for Edgar Renteria, and was then shipped to Cleveland shortly thereafter in a package for Coco Crisp. I’m sure it was a bit of a shock to his system, still just 21 years old at the time, and when he didn’t live up to the hype right away, I’m sure the pressure mounted, and he only ended up bouncing between the Majors and Triple-A, rather than becoming the All-Star at the big league level that everyone expected. But again, the guy has the talent. It’s a high-ceiling signing for the Revs. Nothing to lose, and a lot to gain. Pretty awesome start to 2013, I’d say.