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Former Playoff Hero Returns to Revolution

Nick Schumacher photo courtesy of York Dispatch.

Nick Schumacher photo courtesy of York Dispatch.

The York Revolution have re-signed a one-time playoff hero and a key offensive piece from last year’s club, while also adding a reliever with recent Major League time, as Nick Schumacher, Johan Limonta, and Josh Judy have become the newest three names to be added to the 2013 roster.  The signings were announced today by Revs manager Mark Mason.

Schumacher returns to York where he helped the Revs win their second consecutive Atlantic League championship in 2011, when he was arguably the league’s best pitcher during that postseason.  After going 2-1 with a 4.15 ERA in four regular season starts with the Revs, Schumacher was 1-1 with a 1.31 ERA in three postseason starts, holding opponents to a .157 batting average during that playoff run.  He led all pitchers in innings that postseason, and after losing 1-0 in a complete game effort at Long Island in Game 1 of the Atlantic League Championship Series, he was stellar working on short rest in a spot start in Game 4, taking a no-decision when the Revs took a late lead to defeat the Ducks and clinch the title.

The right-hander came to York after going 10-5 with a 3.03 ERA for Sioux City of the American Association in 2011 and returned to Sioux City where he pitched last year.  He spent his first three professional seasons as a reliever in the San Diego Padres organization, and even worked as a closer, notching 21 saves with Fort Wayne in 2010.  Before Atlantic League spring training begins, Schumacher will pitch for Team Spain at the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Limonta will begin the 2013 season in York after joining the Revs in August of last season.  The Havana, Cuba native played mostly first base, batting .277 in 39 games with York.  It was a nearly identical mark to his .279 average with Triple-A Tacoma where he started the season, and in between, Limonta tore up Mexican League pitching with a .384 average during a stint with Mexico City.  The beginning of last year marked his seventh season in the Seattle Mariners organization, having spent his entire previous career with the club that drafted him in 2006.  Limonta is a career .301 hitter, and batted .319 for Tacoma in 2011, ranking ninth in the Pacific Coast League that year.

Limonta once risked life and limb to escape Cuba, defecting with five other players including Yunel Escobar in 2004.  It’s an amazing read, and something that most of us can probably never even imagine.  And, there’s a lot more to Limonta’s story than that.

Here’s a trailer for a documentary done on the players’ journeys which features Limonta.  Another member of their travelling party was Yamel Guevara, who pitched for the Lancaster Barnstormers in 2008.

Last season, Limonta officially became a United States citizen, adding another happy chapter to what began as a very harrowing process.

Judy comes to York with Major League experience, having appeared in 12 games with the Cleveland Indians in 2011.  Last year, the 27-year-old spent the entire season at Triple-A Louisville in the Cincinnati Reds organization.  For his minor league career, he is 28-10 with a 3.54 ERA and 42 saves, including 23 saves with Triple-A Columbus in 2011.  Judy enters his seventh pro season.  He was originally a 34th-round draft pick of Cleveland in 2007.

Judy joins Matt Fox, Andy Marte, and Tyler Graham as Revs newcomers who were in the Majors as recently as the 2010 season.  It’s a list that could grow, so stay tuned!

The Revs now have 14 players signed for the 2013 season which begins on Opening Night, April 18 at Sovereign Bank Stadium when the Revolution host the Bridgeport Bluefish at 6:30 p.m.  Full-season, partial-season, and individual tickets are on-sale now at YorkRevolution.com, (717) 801-HITS, and in-person at the Apple Chevrolet Ticket Office.

-DH

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