Thurman locked in for seventh season in York
The ball is officially rolling. With less than three months until Opening Day, the first piece of the 2014 Revolution roster is in place, and fittingly, it’s the man who has worn the uniform longer than anyone else. Corey Thurman will return for a franchise record seventh season, determined to bounce back from a tough year last season. The Revs could also have as many as three more player signings to announce before the end of the week, so stay tuned. The press release on Thurman’s signing is after the jump.
Already the longest tenured and most accomplished player in the history of the franchise, right-hander Corey Thurman will return to the York Revolution for a seventh season in 2014. The signing, officially announced today by manager Mark Mason, is the first of the upcoming season, officially kick-starting the process of building this year’s roster with less than three months before the season opener.
Thurman enters the 2014 season ranking third all-time in Atlantic League history in wins (56), second in strikeouts (583) and fourth in innings pitched (822.1). He is the all-time leader in victories with one team and is also the winningest active pitcher on the circuit.
Thurman is York’s all-time franchise leader in each of those categories. Overall for his Revs career, Thurman is 56-40 with a 4.59 ERA in a club-record 151 appearances (150 starts). For his minor league career, Thurman is 124-113 with a 4.24 ERA in 371 appearances including 346 starts.
Thurman has posted four seasons of double digit victories with the Revs, including a 13-3 campaign in 2011 and a 14-3 mark in 2012, setting club records at the time for wins in a season. He was named to the Atlantic League’s Post Season All-Star teams in both of those record-setting years and has appeared in three Atlantic League All-Star games, earning the starting nod in 2009 and 2011. He also helped the Revs capture back-to-back Atlantic League championships in 2010 and 2011, and owns a 2.54 ERA in five postseason starts with York.
“We are excited to bring Corey back for his seventh season in York,” commented Mason. “’Thurm’ has been a leader in the clubhouse, on the field and in the community. He brings positive energy everyday to the ballpark. His success here speaks for itself and we are looking forward to him being a big part of our pitching staff again in 2014.”
The 35-year-old is entering his 19th professional season in a career that began as a fourth-round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals in 1996. Thurman made it to the Major Leagues, appearing in 49 games with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2002 and 2003.
After originally signing with the Revolution in 2008, Thurman quickly made York his year-round home. Thurman resides with his wife Angela and daughter Ella, and spends his off-seasons providing pitching instruction to many youth ballplayers throughout York County.
The 2014 season begins on April 24 when the Revs host the Camden Riversharks at Santander Stadium. Full-season plans and mini plans ranging from 10 games to 45 games, as well as various voucher packages and gift cards are on-sale now.