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Revolution add former Angel, Marlin & White Sock Dallas McPherson

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After a few weeks of courting, Revolution Baseball Operations Manager Andrew Ball has made official the signing of infielder Dallas McPherson.  He’s primarily a first and third baseman who could see a little outfield time.  There were two other Atlantic League teams in competition for his services, but he chose to come to York, and is joining the team in Bridgeport before they return home.

McPherson was the 57th overall pick by the Angels in the 2001 draft out of The Citadel.  He debuted in the Majors just three seasons later with Anaheim, appearing in the big leagues with them three seasons from ’04 through ’06.  He returned to the show with the Marlins in 2008 and last played in an MLB game in 2011 with the White Sox.  All told he has 139 games of Major League experience batting .241 with 18 home runs and 45 RBI.  In 874 minor league games upon joining York, McPherson has slugged 209 homers with 704 RBI and is a .289 career hitter.

He has two 40-home run seasons to his credit – first in 2004 when he smashed 20 at both Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Salt Lake, then added three more with the Angels for a total of 43 dingers and 132 RBI for the season at all levels.  In 2008 at Triple-A Albuquerque, he hit 42 homers and drove in 98 runs.

McPherson split last season between Triple-A Charlotte (White Sox) and Triple-A Indianapolis (Pirates).

-Paul Braverman


Post-Holiday News and Notes

Hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend.  Bummer the Revolution were on the road, but it was fun catching up on watching some MLB, and listening to Darrell Henry of course.  We have a mountain of miscellany to get through, so here we go…

  • Perhaps already the best story in baseball this year, it just keeps getting better for Scott Rice.  May 28 against the Yankees at Citi Field, he picked up his third career MLB win in spectacular fashion.  Trailing 1-0 in the top of the 9th, Rice entered and tossed another scoreless inning.  He did allow an infield hit to Ichiro on a swinging bunt off the handle, but then picked him off 1-3-6.  Isn’t that just a story to tell forever.  It got better however – when Mariano Rivera entered for the save, he allowed three consecutive hits to Daniel Murphy, David Wright and Lucas Duda to win 2-1 and hand Rivera his first blown save of the year.  So for one night at least, Rice can say he out-dueled Rivera for an inning in the Subway Series and picked off another possible Hall of Famer to boot.

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The ’97 Orioles and former (future) Revolution coaching staff

Our friend Scott Youcheff passed this one along…

Click on the 1997 Orioles team photo below for the full-size version.  While the Revolution would not debut until 10 years later, there are plenty of Revs ties in this photograph.  Familiar faces you might recognize:  Former Revolution Managers Andy Etchebarren and Chris Hoiles and former Revolution third base coach Sam Snider.  Etch was a coach on Davey Johnson’s staff, and turned down the opportunity to join his Washington Nationals staff to end his career with the Revolution and ultimately retire.  Snider was the O’s bullpen catcher, and road roommate of Hoiles, who of course was still an active player at the time en-route to being inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame at Camden Yards. Former (then future) Bridgeport Bluefish pitcher Esteban Yan is also in there.  For some reason, the bat boy’s uniform in front has a typo on it.  Look closely, I’m pretty sure it says “Oriols.”  How do you forget the e?

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-Paul Braverman


Revolution add infielder Manny Mayorson

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Before Saturday’s game at Camden, the Revolution added minor league veteran infielder Manuel “Manny” Mayorson to the roster.  This is Mayorson’s 14th professional season after debuting as a professional with the Toronto Blue Jays organization in 2000.  Mayorson has enjoyed Triple-A time with the Blue Jays, Marlins and Nationals organizations, and played last season at both Triple-A Syracuse and Double-A Harrisburg with Washington.  A veteran of over 1,300 minor league games, Mayorson is a .269 career hitter.  He knocked in a career-high 55 runs in 2006 at Double-A New Hampshire in the Toronto system, and came close to that mark with 54 RBI in 2011 at Triple-A Las Vegas, in just 97 games.  Througout his career the veteran has seen extensive time at short, second and third, providing the Revolution with some defensive versatility.

The roster is back at the pre-June 1 max of 27 players, as no one was released as a part of this transaction.  We’re now exactly one week away from the deadline where all Atlantic League active rosters must be at 25 players for the remainder of the season.

-Paul Braverman


Graham Released

Outfielder Tyler Graham has been released by the Revolution.  In 24 games, Graham struggled to get in a groove, posting a .245 average without a home run and nine RBI.  It was assumed Graham would be York’s regular lead off hitter and center fielder, but it hasn’t worked out.

Graham ended last season in the Major Leagues, appearing in 10 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks as a September call-up.  The Revolution’s active roster now sits at 26, and must be at 25 for the remainder of the season on June 1.

-Paul Braverman


James Shanks is now Revolution all-time hits leader

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When he was re-signed to the Revolution roster on May 10, James Shanks only needed seven hits to tie Scott Grimes for the all-time franchise lead at 374.  On Tuesday night at home against Sugar Land, Shanks picked up hit number eight and 375 in grand style.

Trailing the Skeeters 6-3 with runners at the corners and two out in the bottom of the eighth, Shanks crushed a double off six-season Major League vet Gary Majewski to the right field gap, plating both runners to cut the lead to 6-5 in a game York was trailing 6-0.  Unfortunately they couldn’t complete the comeback and lost by the same score, but that didn’t hurt a great moment when Shanks took hold of the record.  It was Shanks’ second hit of the game, as he tied the record on a second inning single, receiving a nice ovation from the crowd on both occasions.  He is also now the franchise leader in multi-hit games.

As of May 21, Shanks is also second on the Revolution all-time RBI list with 195.  He trails only Ramon Castro at 214.  That record could be in reach some time soon as well.

Shanks, 34, was originally drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 1998, and is in his 15th professional season. He ascended to Triple-A with both the Royals and Marlins organizations.

-Paul Braverman


Scott Rice update: Leads MLB in appearances, on pace for Mets record, wins at Wrigley

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Here’s a link from the Newark Star-Ledger, written by reporter Jorge Castillo: http://www.nj.com/mets/index.ssf/2013/05/mets_scott_rice_on_pace_to_set.html

It’s a few days old, but the information is basically the same; former Revolution (’11) left-hander Scott Rice leads the Majors in appearances out of the Mets bullpen.  As of May 20, he’s pitched in 25 games.  He’s on pace for around 100 appearances, which would set a New York Mets record.  I’m guessing after waiting for this opportunity through 14 minor league seasons, Rice is more than happy to pitch in as many Major League games as possible.  He’s pitched 20.2 innings in those 25 games with a 3.05 ERA so far, and has 13 strikeouts.

On May 19, Rice earned his second career MLB win after he retired all six batters he faced with a strikeout in the 7th and 8th in Chicago, in his first big league appearance at Wrigley Field.  Daniel Murphy’s solo home run in the top of the 8th put the Mets ahead for good 4-3, making Rice the pitcher of record.  It was also his first MLB win on the road.  His first big league winning decision came at Citi Field in Queens with the Mets 4-3 triumph over the Marlins on April 7.

-Paul Braverman


Former Braves, Yankees farmhand Cody Johnson joins Revolution

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With the June 1 deadline approaching when all Atlantic League active rosters must be limited to 25 for the remainder of the season, the Revolution pushed their roster to the pre-June 1 max of 27 today with the addition of Cody Johnson.

Johnson, an outfielder who has primarily played left, began this season with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Yankees Triple-A) where he played in 18 games.   He spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons at Double-A Trenton and A-Advanced Tampa, also in the Yankees organization.  He was originally drafted by the Braves in the first round of the 2006 draft, the 24th overall pick.  Johnson played in that organization 2006 through 2010 ascending as high as Double-A Mississippi before joining the Yankees.

This is Johnson’s eighth professional season, and he’s accumulated 132 career professional home runs upon signing with York.  In 2008 at Class A Rome he launched 26 home runs with a career-high 89 RBI, and followed that with a career-high 32 homers with 84 RBI the following year at A-Advanced Myrtle Beach.

With six outfielders now on the roster and the 25-man deadline looming, expect more roster moves in the coming days.  At least for now, the Revolution’s injury and depth issues are solved.

-Paul Braverman


Veteran outfielder Mike Coles added to roster

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The Revolution have added some outfield/DH depth, as Mike Coles is now on the active roster.  This is Coles’ eighth professional season, and his time with York will be his first Atlantic League action.

A .302 career hitter as a professional, Coles most impressive season came in 2008 with the Windy City Thunderbolts of the Frontier League, where he hit .302 with 12 home runs and 75 RBI, both career-high totals in 89 games.  The season prior, he hit a career-high .330 for Windy City in 2007 with nine homers and 69 RBI.  Coles matched his career-high average by batting .330 again with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks in 2009.  He was a four-year player in the Big Ten at Purdue University between 2002 and 2005.

-Paul Braverman


Revolution pick up reliever Paredes

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While adding at least one position player is still in the works, the Revs roster is back to 25 active players after the signing of LHP Edward Paredes.  Paredes began this season at Double-A Akron in the Cleveland Indians system, and spent the first five seasons of his pro career in the Seattle Mariners organization, where he was a teammate of fellow York reliever Stephen Penney, and former Revs Ryan Feierabend and Brandon Haveman.

The Dominican Republic native comes to York with 183 career appearances, and 44 career starts in the Class A levels with Seattle between 2007 and 2009.  He’s been exclusively a reliever since then.  Paredes owns seven career saves, and ascended as high as Triple-A Tacoma with the Mariners in 2010 and 2011.

-Paul Braverman


Matt Fox’s contract purchased by Mets

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This one was a little wacky…

As the Revolution boarded the bus for their three-game series at Long Island Tuesday morning, Matt Fox hopped on not knowing the New York Mets were about to come through with an offer on his contract.  When Baseball Operations Manager Andrew Ball got the call, the bus had been on the road for maybe 30 minutes.  Ball then had to call Mark Mason to determine a place to pull over, where Ball could drive to catch up with Fox and bring him back to York to gather his belongings.  Ball picked up Fox alone in a Sheetz parking lot in Lancaster County with his luggage.  The bus kept moving to New York.

It’s kind of ironic that the Revolution are due to travel right through Flushing Meadows on their way to Long Island, where Citi Field, home of the Mets is located, but instead Fox will travel from York to their Triple-A affiliate, conveniently located in Las Vegas.  Also ironic, if Fox were to get called up to New York, it would mark the second straight season a Rev alum moved from Vegas to the big leagues.  Last season they were the Blue Jays Triple-A club when Shawn Hill was called up to Toronto.  The Blue Jays and Mets swapped affiliates this offseason (Las Vegas and Buffalo.)

The Revolution roster now stands at 24 active players.  We’ve learned a position player with a somewhat recognizeable name will be signing with York, but that transaction is about a week away.  Stay tuned.

The official press release from the team is after the jump…

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The unlucky York Revolution

No, this post has nothing to do with the previous two where one player retired, and another left the team.  Rather, it’s about how unlucky the Revolution have been so far this season in regards to run differential.

Noted statistician Bill James, who is essentially the father of Sabermetrics, developed an equation that tells you your “Pythagorean winning percentage.”  That is a metric that lets you know how “lucky” or “unlucky” a team is based on the number of runs they’ve scored and allowed in the amount of games they’ve played.  This is the equation:

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Andy Gonzalez leaves Revolution

The Revolution are experiencing some roster difficultly right now in regard to position players.  Shortstop Andy Gonzalez has left the team for “personal reasons.”  He has been placed on the suspended list and is eligible to return to the Revolution this year.  As of now, his absence is indefinite.

This development reduces the York roster to 25…but with 14 pitchers.  Certainly with the retirement of Jason Repko and Gonzalez leaving, position players will be added soon.

Gonzalez batted .271 with 7 RBI in 21 games for the Revolution this season.  He played in 91 MLB games with the White Sox, Indians and Marlins between 2007 and 2009.

-Paul Braverman


Jason Repko retires at 32

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This one caught us off guard last week…but Jason Repko will not make the trip to Long Island on Tuesday and has retired from professional baseball.  Repko informed the coaching staff of his decision during the last home series against Somerset, and the two parties decidied this weekend’s series at Lancaster would be it.

Of course, Repko’s swan song was a 4 for 5 day where he scored two runs, and his final at-bat was a triple to centerfield.  He hangs it up after action in seven MLB seasons between 2005 and 2012, with the Dodgers, Twins and Red Sox.  He played in 360 Major League games, and all 24 so far for the Revolution this season.  Repko batted .253 with a homer and 11 RBI in that time.

The Revolution roster is currently at 26 active players.  It must be trimmed to 25 per league rules by June 1.

-Paul Braverman


Sugar Land’s dominance in context

If you read this blog, you follow the Atlantic League.  As a result, you know the Sugar Land Skeeters are off to a pretty good start.

At 20-3 as of May 12, not only do the Skeeters have the best winning percentage in professional baseball (all classifications and MLB included), their .869 winning percentage is 98 points above the next closest team, the Fort Myers Miracle of the A-Advanced Florida State League who started 27-8 for a .771 clip.  Currently, there are only three teams in pro ball with a winning percentage over .700, adding in the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians (26-11, .703) of the International League.  That makes Sugar Land’s start all the more impressive.

After the jump is a composite standings of every professional team playing over .600 ball as of May 12.  The list is limited to leagues that have been playing for at least three weeks and not from Mexico.  Don’t even get me started on that league.

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James Shanks returns to Revolution

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With the crop of Revolution position players a little banged up, a familiar face is back in the fold.

York added James Shanks to the active roster before Saturday’s game at Lancaster.  Shanks, who ended last season with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs after an emotional late-season release from the Revolution had not been playing yet this season, but had not yet retired either.

Shanks also spent his first two Atlantic League seasons in Southern Maryland where Andy Etchebarren was the bench coach in 2008 and 2009, before following Etch to York for the 2010 season.  In ’10, ’11 and most of ’12 he became one of the most accomplished batters in franchise history.  Currently, Shanks is York’s all-time leader in bunt hits (31) and tied for the lead in multi-hit games (102).  He’s second in hits (367, only seven behind all-time leader Scott Grimes), fourth in home runs (40), tied for second in RBI (188, with Jason Aspito), third in extra-base hits (116), tied for fourth in doubles (65, with Jason Aspito), second in triples (11), second in total bases (574), third in stolen bases (31), fourth in runs (189), third in games (309), and 3rd in at-bats (1,211).

Shanks, 34, of course was also a member of both Revolution championship teams, in 2010 and 2011.  His addition pushes the roster to the max of 27 players…for now.

-Paul Braverman


Pease retires

York Revolution Baseball Operations Manager Andrew Ball has confirmed that left-handed relief pitcher Dustin Pease has retired from baseball.  The Revolution signed Pease on April 20, and he appeared in six games, allowing six hits and five earned runs.

This was the Baltimorean’s second tour of duty with the Revs.  The Mount St. Mary’s alum also finished the season with the 2010 Atlantic League Champion Revolution, before pitching in the San Diego Padres organization where he reached Double-A.  Pease is 27.

The Revolution roster is back to 26 active players…for now.

-Paul Braverman


Banged up Revolution add Yan, Liriano

Although no one has officially gone on the Disabled List, a few Revolution players are dealing with nagging injuries keeping them out of the lineup, others are playing through it.  It’s especially impacted the outfield – Eric Patterson’s strained quad has kept him out for a week now, and last night (May 7) Tyler Graham went down with a pulled groin.  While Graham had been playing through some pain with the groin, going from first to third in that game against Somerset is what will keep him out of the lineup for “at least a week,” according to what we’re hearing.

With catcher Patrick Arlis the only healhty bench player, that night finished with Salvador Paniagua moving to first base so Arlis could catch, and Brian Burgamy moving from first to the outfield where Mark Mason had probably not planned on using him this season.  While Jason Repko and Jeff Fiorentino are healthy, the injuries have led to the signing of OF/IF Ruddy Yan, who was released by Camden during the second week of the season to make room for long-time Rivershark and one-time Rev Chris Walker on their roster, when Walker returned from the Mexican League.  Yan was also in the Atlantic League for the duration of the 2011 season with Camden where he hit .281 in 99 games.  This is Yan’s 14th professional season, and he reached Triple-A in both the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles systems.

Right-handed reliever Pedro Liriano was also moved from the inactive list to the active roster.  While Liriano had signed with York on March 25, he had visa complications traveling to Pennsylvania from his native Dominican Republic.  Those issues are no longer, and he is in town.

Atlantic League rules permit teams to carry up to 27 active players until June 1.  On that date, the roster limit falls to 25 for the remainder of the season.  While these new additions will ease the burden of injury, they also bring the Revolution roster back up to 27 after the defections of RHP Josh Judy (Angels) and OF/IF Johan Limonta (Padres).

-Paul Braverman


Johan Limonta’s contract purchased by Padres

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The contract of York Revolution outfielder/first baseman Johan Limonta has been purchased by the San Diego Padres.  Limonta is the second member of the 2013 Revolution roster to sign with a Major League organization this season, and the first position player.  Right-handed relief pitcher Josh Judy was acquired by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on May 2.

Limonta, 29, played in 35 games for York at the tail end of last season, where he batted .284 with a home run and 14 RBI.  He began this season for the Revolution on a torrid pace, batting over .350 the first 10 games of the season.  Limonta departs for the San Diego organization with a .295 average, two home runs and 12 RBI in 16 games this season.

A native of Cuba, Limonta turned pro with the Seattle Mariners in 2006, and was with that organization up to Triple-A until 2012.  He slugged 14 home runs, drove in 84 runs and hit .319 in his most impressive Triple-A season in 2011 for Tacoma of the Pacific Coast League, in just 108 games.

The 6’0” left-handed bat will look to become the fifth Revolution alum to make it to the Major Leagues after playing in York.  Three former Revolution alums (Justin Hampson, Mets LHP), Shawn Hill, Blue Jays RHP) and Scott Rice (Mets LHP) have all reached the Majors since last June alone.

-Paul Braverman


Pitcher’s Alumni Update

Between New York, Las Vegas and various points north and south, for the last two seasons a host of former Revolution pitchers have been climbing the ladder and making an impact in the Major Leagues or close to it.  When you consider York’s current Manager was once the Pitching Coach, the tutelage of Mark Mason has played a key role in the Revolution being known as a premier destination for free agent pitchers to take their careers a step closer to the big leagues. Here is an update of how a handful of those alums are doing:

Scott Rice, New York Mets (MLB)
His story is well chronicled by now from the York Revolutionary Times to most national baseball outlets, but after 14-minor league seasons for 18 different teams and overcoming a serious arm injury, Rice finally cracked a big league roster out of spring training for the first time at age 31.  This season, the former first round pick of the Orioles in 1999 was the oldest MLB rookie on any roster.  He made his Major League debut April 1 on Opening Day no less, closing out a Mets 11-2 win over the Padres with a 1-2-3 ninth.  Rice even struck out the first two batters he faced swinging for good measure, Nick Hundley and Cameron Maybin.  The lights out performance was hardly a fluke – as Rice has transformed from more than just a heartwarming story of perseverance to one of the most reliable left-handed relievers in baseball.  He posted just a 1.80 ERA through his first 17 big league games, holding opposing batters to just a .200 average.  His contract was originally purchased from the Revolution by the Los Angeles Dodgers in June of 2011, after he struck out 15 in just 14.2 innings in 15 appearances for York.  Rice became the 4th former Rev to reach the Majors, and the first to make his Major League debut after playing in the White Rose City.  He signed with the Mets as a free agent last offseason.

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Josh Judy’s contract purchased by Angels

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Revolution reliever Josh Judy will depart York for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organziation, after his contract was purchased on Thursday.  Judy, who appeared in 12 games for the Cleveland Indians in 2011 before spending all of last season at Triple-A Louisville with the Reds, is headed to Double-A Arkansas.  Considering his Major League and Triple-A time though, his stay there should only be temporary with a promotion to Triple-A Salt Lake coming soon.  That according to Revolution Baseball Operations Manager Andrew Ball who finalized the deal this morning.  It’s the first time the Angels organization has signed a Revolution player.

This transaction comes as no surprise.  With Judy being clocked as high as 93-94 on the gun throughout spring camp and the early part of the season, the Revolution were braced for his departure.  You can’t throw 94 mile an hour strikes for long and not have the next opportunity present itself.  The official press release is after the jump:

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