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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

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