While this time of year is filled with excitement concerning player additions for the upcoming season, unfortunately we have to deal with departures as well. We have the first major name not in an MLB camp to sign with another organization. Second baseman Andres Perez, after two illustrious seasons with the Revolution has signed with the Sioux City (Iowa) Explorers of the American Association.
Unlike the Atlantic League, the American Association has roster rules that limit the number of “veterans” and players of a certain age in various age brackets. Usually, if you can secure a scarce “veteran” spot on a club in that league, it pays a pretty competitive salary compared to more developmental players. While we don’t know for sure, that was likely the determining factor for Perez.
In 2012, Perez was in the running for Atlantic League Player of the Year honors, when he batted .321 with 23 homers and 85 RBI in 128 games. Such output should make him among the most feared hitters in his new league, and a likely MVP candidate on that circuit. 2014 will be the 29-year-old’s eighth pro season; the New York City native was originally signed by the Yankees in 2007.
The York Revolution have announced two more player signings, inking infielder Wilson Valdez and outfielder Mike Massaro to contracts for the 2014 season. Valdez’ rights were acquired from the Camden Riversharks in exchange for the rights to infielder Wilson Batista. The moves were announced today by manager Mark Mason. (more…)
By now, all players have reported for Major and minor league spring training. As Tim McCarver was quoted in the movie Moneyball, “many are called, few are chosen. That’s baseball.” Some will make it, some won’t. Should any of these players become available and there is mutual interest in them returning to York, the Revolution’s preseason camp will begin April 14 in advance of Atlantic League Opening Day 2014.
Brian Burgamy (IF/OF), Mets
Ryan Feierabend (LHP), Rangers
Matt Fox (RHP), Mets
Tyler Graham (OF), Giants
Josh Judy (RHP), Dodgers
Andy Marte (IF), Diamondbacks
Eric Patterson (IF/OF), White Sox
Scott Rice (LHP), Mets
Mark Teahen (IF/OF), Giants
Ian Thomas (LHP), Braves
Joe Thurston (IF), Brewers
Chad Tracy (IF), Orioles
And here is the list of former Revolution players ticketed for minor league coaching positions following spring training:
Keoni DeRenne, Pirates
Vince Harrison, Diamondbacks
Jose Herrera, Nationals
Liu Rodriguez, Brewers
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With Opening Day at home, April 24 against Camden, preseason camp for the Revolution will begin in earnest on April 14 after team physicals. Some extra players may be added to the pre-season roster following the team’s open tryout on Saturday, April 12.
The tryout camp will begin at 10 a.m. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. The cost to attend the tryout is $40 to register in advance, and $50 the day of. Checks are made payable to the York Revolution. Players must be at least 18 years of age to tryout.
The tryout will take place on the field at Santander Stadium in Downtown York, located at 5 Brooks Robinson Way. Players must provide their own equipment for the tryout, other than batting helmets, which will be provided by the Revolution.
To register, please download the tryout form at this link. Players are encouraged to register in advance; day-of registration will only be allowed if spots remain.
The open tryout has yielded results for the Revolution in the past; spot starter Shawn Hedrick pitched for the Revs in 2009 and 2010, pitcher Brian Holliday and outfielder Colin Roberson were also each offered contracts for the 2009 season after participating in the open tryout, as was catcher Salomon Manriquez in 2010.
Any questions regarding the open tryout can be directed to Baseball Operations Manager Toby Crites, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The York Revolution have re-signed reliever Beau Vaughan for the 2014 season, while also signing outfielder Sean Smith whose rights were acquired via trade from the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. Both signings were announced today by Revs manager Mark Mason, bringing York’s total to nine players officially signed to contracts for the upcoming season. (more…)
The York Revolution continue to put the pieces in place for the 2014 season, signing starting pitcher Alain Quijano while re-signing reliever Edward Paredes and outfielder Ruddy Yan. The signings were officially announced today by manager Mark Mason, bringing the total number of players signed for the upcoming season to seven. (more…)