Four relievers added to preseason roster
The Revolution have added four relief pitchers to the growing roster for preseason camp; right-handers Pedro Liriano and Julio DePaula, and lefties Joe Torres and Joe Testa. The acquisitions bring York’s preseason roster to 26, including 16 pitchers. Competition should be fierce. The Revs plan to add at least one more position player, perhaps two. More news on that may be coming later in the week. And who knows what the open tryout might yield on April 5, but depth will not be an issue for the Revolution when they break camp with their final 25-man roster, and the team should be able to weather any early-season signings by MLB organizations. Although Atlantic League rules do permit teams to carry 27 players until June 1, when rosters must be trimmed to 25 for the remainder of the season, Manager Mark Mason has indicated that he will not carry extra players and go with 25 on Opening Day. More on the bullpen guys:
Pedro Liriano: Liriano was impressive for Sugar Land last season, where he appeared in 29 games, starting five for the Skeeters. He finished with an 8-3 record and a 2.43 ERA in 77.2 innings. A professional since originally being signed by the Anaheim Angels in 2001, Liriano reached the Majors in two seasons, 2004 with Milwaukee where he appeared in 11 games and struck out 10 in 15.2 innings, and a season later in 2005 with Philadelphia where he appeared in five games and struck out six in 7.2 innings.
Julio DePaula: DePaula joins York after an impressive season out of Bridgeport’s bullpen last year. Appearing in 31 games, he carried a 3.03 ERA in 35.2 innings, and struck out better than a batter per inning, finishing with 38 Ks and a near 3:1 strike out to walk ratio. A professional since 2002 when he began with the Minnesota Twins organization, he eventually made his Major League debut five years later with the Twins, appearing in 16 games out of their bullpen in 2007.
Joe Torres: A veteran of 12 professional seasons, Torres has played in the Angels, White Sox, Dodgers, Rangers and Rockies organizations since 2000. He has Triple-A time the last two seasons in Colorado Springs with the Rockies. Torres enters 2013 with a 40-35 career record in 345 pro appearances, including 72 starts at the Class A levels. He was most impressive at Double-A Tulsa the last two seasons in the Colorado organization, going 4-0 with a 2.35 ERA in in 17 appearances (15.1 IP), with 21 strikeouts and six walks in 2012, and was 3-1 with a 2.28 ERA in 51 appearances (55.1 IP) with 62 strikeouts and 23 walks in 2011.
Joe Testa: Testa appeared in five games for nearby Harrisburg last season, in Double-A with the Washington Nationals organization. In 2011, he pitched for the Potomac Nationals in the A-Advanced Carolina League, and went 6-2 in 30 relief appearances with two saves. He struck out 34 in 38 innings that season. Entering his sixth professional season, Testa joined the Minnesota Twins organization in 2008 after pitching four years at Division I Wagner College on Staten Island in New York.