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Trio of Revolution alums head from big league spring training to Triple-A

Three former Revolution hurlers were in competition for a spot on final 25-man rosters as Major League Baseball begins it’s regular season next week.  Despite strong showings, Justin Hampson (’10), Scott Rice (’11) and Shawn Hill (’12) will all start in Triple-A, with a good chance for a call up to The Show this season.

Hampson and Rice were each competing for spots in the Mets bullpen, and both have been assigned to come out of the ‘pen for the Las Vegas 51s in the Pacific Coast League.  Hampson was called up to the Mets from Buffalo, their Triple-A affiliate last year, on two occasions; once in June and then again when rosters expanded in September.  Rice, who we’ve written about extensively, continues to be a close call in almost every situation he’s in.  Last spring, he was the last player cut from the Dodgers big league club in camp, and was assumed as a lock for a call-up from Triple-A Albuquerque during the season.  That call never came as he spent the duration in the PCL.  He signed with New York as a free agent following that disappointment.  Rice is still striving to make his MLB debut – although he did get to pitch at Dodger Stadium last year against the Angels in the last exhibition game before the season started.  However close, Rice has yet to appear in a Major League regular season game.

Shawn Hill will head to Triple-A Toledo of the International League in the Tigers organization, a year after becoming the second Rev to go from York to the Majors in the same season.  Hill also became the first Revolution alum to earn a MLB winning decision, when he and the Blue Jays bested Andy Pettitte and the Yankees last September in Toronto.  He signed with Detroit as a free agent following his return to the bigs.

-Paul Braverman

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