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Rommie Lewis signs, Revolution roster is at max 27

Rommie Lewis

It took about a week to finalize, but left-handed reliever Rommie Lewis has finally joined the Revolution in time for their first roadtrip of the season.  The 6’6″ southpaw pitched for Bridgeport last season, and reached the Majors with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2010 and 2011.  Lewis is the fifth former Bluefish on the current York roster, joining fellow relief pitchers Julio DePaula and Juan Rincon and infielders Wilson Batista and Andres Perez.

Lewis excelled out of Bridgeport’s bullpen last season, posting a 2.05 ERA with seven saves in 47 appearances and 52.2 innings pitched.  He had a strikeout to walk ratio better than 4:1, fanning 45 while walking just 11.  In 2011 he made six appearances out of the Blue Jays bullpen, and got into 14 games with Toronto a season prior in 2010.  In 10 professional seasons, Lewis has accumulated 48 minor league saves, 25 of which came in 2002 at Class A Delmarva in Baltimore’s system.  He was originally drafted in the fourth round by the Orioles in 2001.

Although the Revolution released three pitchers and placed another on the inactive list following camp to break with 25, they are now taking full advantage of the Atlantic League rule that allows teams to carry 27 active players until June 1.  On that date, all rosters must be trimmed to 25 if they aren’t already for the remainder of the season.  For now though, there will be no subtractions off the roster with the addition of Lewis.

-Paul Braverman

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