Beau Kneaus; Revs re-sign reliever, trade for speedy outfielder
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.
Vaughan returns to York after signing with the Revs last August. The righty dazzled in his Revolution debut, spinning five scoreless frames against one of his former teams, the Lancaster Barnstormers, in a spot start on August 10, his first starting assignment since 2005. Vaughan made two more starts before settling into his familiar role in long relief, and combined to go 1-1 with a 3.42 ERA in eight late-season appearance for the Revs. Vaughan allowed just two runs in 10.0 innings out of the bullpen.
The 32-year-old enters his 11th pro season and third in the Atlantic League. Having spent the 2012 season in Lancaster and splitting the 2013 season between York and Southern Maryland, Vaughan owns a 7-2 mark with a 3.48 ERA in 97 Atlantic League appearances. For his pro career, Vaughan is 33-25 with 38 saves and a 3.56 ERA.
Vaughan was originally selected by the Boston Red Sox in the third round of the 2003 draft out of Arizona State University. He has pitched at the Triple-A level in the Red Sox, Texas Rangers, and Oakland Athletics organizations.
Smith signs with York after having his rights acquired from the Blue Crabs in exchange for the rights to right-handed pitcher Anthony Slama. Smith batted .253 with 13 home runs and 50 RBI in 122 games for Southern Maryland last season and finished third in the Atlantic League with 36 stolen bases. He also ranked third in the league with a .818 success rate, having been caught only eight times.
Last season marked a return to the Atlantic League for Smith, who had spent the previous two campaigns in the Can-Am League and American Association, respectively. Smith previously played in the Atlantic League with Somerset where he batted .292 with 15 home runs in 2008 and stole 52 bases in 2009, and with the Camden Riversharks in 2010. The Beverly Hills, CA native was originally selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 15th round of the 2000 draft, and also spent time in the Chicago White Sox farm system.
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. Individual game tickets are also now available online at YorkRevolution.com.