Revs Sign Major League Veteran Jason Repko
The York Revolution have signed three more key players for the 2013 season, inking veteran Major League outfielder Jason Repko, along with returning relievers Stephen Penney and Wade Korpi. The signings were announced today by manager Mark Mason, bringing the current total to 17 signed players with the club’s first spring training workout exactly one month away.
From my press release:
Repko enters his 14th pro season and is a veteran of parts of seven Major League seasons, having totaled 360 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins, and Boston Red Sox. The 32-year-old was a first round draft pick of the Dodgers in 1999 and broke into the big leagues when he made the Dodgers’ Opening Day roster in 2005. Repko made an immediate splash, connecting on a home run in his first career at-bat at Dodger Stadium, and spent the majority of his rookie season with the big club.
Repko was the Dodgers’ Opening Day centerfielder in 2006, but after batting .304 through his first 25 games, was limited the rest of the season due to an injury sustained while trying to rob a home run defensively. After being forced to miss the entire 2007 season due to injury, Repko split time between Triple-A and the Majors in 2008 and 2009. He once again saw regular time in the Majors with the Twins during the 2010 and 2011 seasons, and was with the Red Sox last April before injuring his shoulder. Upon returning, Repko spent most of last season at Triple-A Pawtucket, helping the PawSox claim the International League crown. He owns a .224 career average in the Majors, and a .270 lifetime mark in the minor leagues.
Penney returns to York where he made 62 appearances last season, tied for third most in the Atlantic League. The 6’7 righty went 2-1 with a 3.13 ERA out of the Revolution bullpen in his first season in York. Penney, 26, had spent his previous four seasons in the Seattle Mariners organization, reaching the Double-A level in 2011.
Korpi went 4-0 for the Revs last season with a 2.27 ERA in 18 appearances. The lefty held the opposition scoreless in 14 of those 18 outings, and was outstanding in three spot starting assignments, combining to allow just two runs over 13.1 innings when he was called upon to begin the game. The Notre Dame product came to York after spending his entire previous career in the Miami Marlins organization. Turning 27 this Sunday, he will enter his sixth pro season with a career 19-11 record and a 3.25 ERA, with the majority of that time having been spent as a reliever.
The 2013 season 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.
Some more on these signings…
First, our fans are going to love Repko and his style of play. Unfortunately for him, his style has led to injury issues and has probably shortened his Major League career, but the guy would literally run through a wall for his team. In 2006, he was off to a great start with the Dodgers, but badly sprained his ankle trying to rob a home run. That certainly didn’t deter him from future encounters with outfield walls, as we’ll get to in just a bit. But I was taken aback when I read this one… in 2001, he was limited due to a broken vertebrae on the right side of his back. Doctors told him to play as hard as he could and dive as much as he could in order to break the one on the other side, which he did. I guess that ultimately helped him heal, but wow.
Now this. Last year he appeared in five games with the Red Sox in April but that time was cut short when he separated his shoulder. Did that slow him down on this play in September? I think not. I just hope he doesn’t try to do that with the Arch Nemesis.
I did chat with him briefly on the phone, and from that brief conversation, and from everything I’ve heard from the baseball staff, he can’t wait to get here and play in York. A guy with seven years in the Majors, and he’s genuinely excited to come here, because of everything he’s heard about our town, the stadium, and the fans. And I don’t know how long he’ll stick before a Major League club comes calling, but he’s been saying how he plans on helping the Revs go all the way this year and he’s not looking ahead at anything else… if you weren’t excited for April yet, I think you have to be now.
As photographic evidence would suggest, he apparently does make a habit of getting to know the outfield wall.
The bullpen signings can’t be overlooked either. It’s been a strength of this team over the past three years, which has been hugely important especially considering how much Etch relied on those guys. Penney and Korpi were a big part of that success.
For no reason in particular, I came across this photo from pitchers BP last year which was on my desktop recently:
Big Pen helped us out on radio as well. One of my favorite segments from last season, when he went around the clubhouse during the Olympics, asking guys which sport they’d most like to play. It’s a fun listen.
Korpi celebrates his 27th birthday on Sunday, by the way. He certainly has an interesting story to tell. If you hadn’t seen it, he survived this scare in college. It’s been following him around ever since. Leave it to me to bring it up again, but he always takes it in stride and laughs it off.
Anyway, that’s a collection of tidbits on the latest signings. Hope you enjoyed. Another Friday, and more big news from this team. Can’t wait to get it going.