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Ian Thomas earns first MLB win in Braves walk-off

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It was only a matter of time before former Revolution (’12) reliever Ian Thomas picked up his first MLB win in his rookie season with the Braves.  The wait is over after Thomas pitched just a third of an inning to one batter on Sunday, April 27, getting Roger Bernadina of the Reds to pop out in foul ground to first base to end the top of the 10th, stranding the two base runners he inherited.

Freddie Freeman secured the out in a scoreless game, and then won it for Atlanta with a RBI single in the bottom of the 10th to walk the Braves off to a 1-0 win.  That made Thomas the third former Revolution pitcher to earn a win in a Major League game, and this is the third consecutive season that has taken place.  Thomas joins Shawn Hill (Blue Jays 2012) and Scott Rice (Mets 2013) in that category.

The outing was Thomas’s eighth in the big leagues, and he’s sporting just a 1.59 ERA thus far.  For a player who went right from Double-A to the Majors, it wouldn’t appear Triple-A is in his plans any time soon.

-Paul Braverman

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Revolution Opening Day roster set: Two released, DePaula added

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Julio DePaula

The York Revolution has its roster to begin the 2014 season.  Right-handed pitchers Wes Roemer and Billy Spottiswood have been released, and the team has added right-hander Julio DePaula, who spent all of last season with York.

The transactions put the Revolution roster at 27, as up to 27 active players are allowed under Atlantic League rules until June 1, when all rosters must shrink to 25.  Usually that figures itself out, through player signings, trades, performance and so on.  With 28 players in camp, at least one was expendable, and it ended up being two when DePaula became available.  He spent spring training hoping to play in the Mexican League, but was not retained.  He is returning to York in game shape and ready to pitch.

DePaula appeared in 50 games for York last season, and carried a 2.89 ERA through 56 innings as perhaps the team’s most dependable bullpen hand.  He surrendered only four home runs in that time.  DePaula does have Major League time, 16 games out of the Minnesota Twins bullpen in 2007.

The starting rotation will be:  LHP Chris Cody, RHP Anthony Lerew, LHP Alain Quijano, RHP Corey Thurman and RHP Jorge Martinez.  When Cody starts in the opener tomorrow night, it will mark the first time since 2009 someone other than Corey Thurman will start on opening day for the Revolution, who has started the last four.  RHP Rick Bauer was the last non-Corey Thurman opening day starter for York.

You can take a look at the entire active roster here:  http://yorkrevolution.com/team/roster/userslist.html

-Paul Braverman


Alumni Update: Thomas & Rice pitch in same game, make Revolution history

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Sure, we’ve written about Ian Thomas & Scott Rice ad naseum on our humble blog, but we swear this is actually new information, and a Revolution franchise first to boot:

In the first five meetings between the Braves and Mets this season, the two former Revolution lefties had not yet pitched in the same game.  Finally, in game number six already this season between the two NL East rivals on Easter Sunday (April 20), each player pitched the seventh inning for their club.  This marked not only the first time two former Revolution alums played against one another in a Major League game, but the first time two Rev alums played in the same MLB game, period.  We came close last season; when Rice was up with the Mets, former Revs southpaw Justin Hampson, who himself played for the big club in 2012, was in Triple-A for New York.

As if they hadn’t already, each hurler made York proud, as Thomas lowered his ERA to a scintillating 1.69 at the time by tossing a scoreless bottom half of the inning, after Rice finished the top half inheriting two runners in a 3-3 ballgame, inducing a double play on the only pitch he threw to escape the jam.  The game would remain tied until the bottom of the 14th, when the Mets walked off with a 4-3 win on a Curtis Granderson sac fly, completing to this point the most significant Major League game in York Revolution history.

Here’s an update on other alums (after the jump):

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VIDEO: Catching up with Ian Thomas in Philadelphia

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Voice of the Revolution Darrell Henry and Ian Thomas of the Atlanta Braves

A year ago and five days, we caught up with New York Mets LHP Scott Rice when they visited Philadelphia for early season action.  Once again, we journeyed to Citizen’s Bank Ballpark for the same reason- to chat with a former York Revolution left-handed reliever turned Major Leaguer, in his rookie season in the National League East.

This time around, it’s 2012 alum Ian Thomas, who we have written about a time or two in this space since the Atlanta Braves purchased his contract from the Revolution that season.  As we continue to chronicle his rise to the Majors, he was nice enough to take some time out for this interview before the Braves took on the Phillies on April 14.  Here’s a nugget that didn’t make it on-camera:  The first Major League game Thomas ever attended was the first one he PLAYED in, when the Virginia Beach, VA native made his MLB debut in Milwaukee on March 31 of this year.

Watch the entire video below:

-PB & DH


Matt Neil, Mike Massaro off Revolution roster on eve of camp

A day before preseason camp is to begin at Santander Stadium, the York Revolution roster shrunk from 30 to 28, with the news that starting pitcher Matt Neil has been signed by the Tampa Bay Rays, and outfielder Mike Massaro will not report and has been placed on the inactive list.

The circumstances around each are good news…Neil’s offer from Tampa Bay came just two days after his signing with the Revolution was announced, marking the second time that’s happened to the Revs this preseason, after the same situation with starter Shawn Hill and Toronto in March.  Massaro is interviewing for scholastic coaching positions in his native Colorado.  Originally supposed to be the Revolution’s leadoff man and centerfielder, it’s not completely out of the question that Massaro could play for York this season.  If he does however, it will be later in the season, and he will not be joining the club for camp at this time.

Expect Neil to be assigned to either Triple-A Durham, or Double-A Montgomery in the Rays system, after splitting last season at each level with the Marlins.  Massaro, was set to enter his first Atlantic League season after spending the last five with Gary Southshore, where he hit .318 combined in that time establishing himself as one of the top hitters in the American Association.  His nine-year professional career may be coming to an end should he get into coaching; he ascended as high as Triple-A Sacramento with the Oakland A’s in 2008.

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Local product with MLB time headlines final preseason signings

Dillsburg native Anthony Lerew joins the Revs after three seasons overseas

Dillsburg native Anthony Lerew joins the Revs after three seasons overseas

The York Revolution have finalized their preseason roster by announcing four more signings, with right-handed pitcher and local product Anthony Lerew, fellow righties Mike McClendon and Matt Neil, and outfielder Steve Bumbry all agreeing to terms. The signings were made official today by manager Mark Mason.  (more…)


Tomko turns back the clock

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Omaha! – Former Revolution pitcher Brett Tomko is still bringing it strong at 41, and looking to crack the Kansas City Royals roster soon. Doing so would make for his 15th MLB season.

When 14-season MLB veteran Brett Tomko chose the York Revolution at age 40 to launch one final run at a Major League roster spot, he was perhaps greeted with skepticism due to that landmark age, despite his big league pedigree.  It hardly fazed him as he made 19 starts with York.

With Tomko’s first start at Triple-A Omaha a hugely successful one, on his 41st birthday no less, he may now be on Kansas City’s radar as more than just a veteran presence helping younger minor leaguers.  By pitching on his birthday last night (April 7), he became the oldest player in Omaha franchise history, firing six innings of one-run ball, scattering just four hits against a Memphis club (St. Louis) widely believed to have several future Major League contributors.

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