Holiday alumni notebook
If you just read the posts below, you’ll see the post-winter meetings holiday week was bringing us alumni news fast and furious. Revolution beat reporter for The York Dispatch John Walk has even more on his Revolution Rumblings blog:
- In addition to LHP Ryan Feierabend and 3B Andy Marte, several other former Revs have re-signed with their organizations from last season, with the exceptions of Marte who is moving from the Angels to the Diamondbacks and RHP Josh Judy (Angels to Dodgers). RHP Mike DeMark (A’s), RHP Matt Fox (Mets), RHP Shawn Hill (Tigers) and 1B/OF Johan Limonta (Padres) are all vying to be the fifth former Rev to reach the Majors, (aside from Hill, who went from York to Toronto in 2012, making him the third). DeMark and Limonta are looking to be the second former Rev to make his MLB debut, following LHP Scott Rice who did so for the Mets on Opening Day 2013. Rice, following hernia surgery, is back on the Mets 40-man roster and will likely be back in their big league bullpen in 2014. We haven’t mentioned LHP Ian Thomas yet, who after a solid Double-A season with the Braves will likely be ticketed for Triple-A this season. He’s probably the front-runner for the next Revolution alum to reach the Majors. Limonta, Thomas and Marte all turned in outstanding performances for their respective organizations during the Double-A and Triple-A playoffs in 2013.
- When RHP Brett Tomko left the Revolution in August to enroll in the Kansas City Royals scout school, he stopped short of saying he was retired. The 14-season Major League veteran made 19 starts for the Revolution last season, and four more in the Dominican Republic during winter ball looking for one last invite to an MLB spring training in 2014. John Walk has a full column with plenty of quotes from Tomko on his blog. No word on where he stands with the Royals, or if that is still an avenue for him should he retire. Tomko will be 41 on April 7, but sure doesn’t look it.