Local product with MLB time headlines final preseason signings
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.
Lerew, a Dillsburg native, was drafted out of Northern High School by the Atlanta Braves in the 11th round of the 2001 draft. Also a football star in high school, Lerew rose through the Braves organization, being tabbed their fifth-best prospect in 2004 and 2005 by Baseball America. After appearing in the 2005 MLB Futures All-Star Game, Lerew made his big league debut for the Braves late that season, his first of three consecutive years earning a Major League recall to Atlanta. Lerew also pitched in the big leagues for Kansas City in 2009 and 2010, and defeated Mark Buehrle and the Chicago White Sox to earn his first Major League victory on June 28, 2010.
The 31-year-old has appeared in 20 Major League contests while starting 11 of those, and for his minor league career owns a terrific 62-48 record with a 3.41 ERA. Lerew has pitched internationally in recent years with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of the Japan Pacific League in 2011, and with the Kia Tigers of the Korean Baseball Organization the last two years. He also tossed a no-hitter in a Venezuelan Winter League game in 2010.
McClendon also possesses Major League time, having logged a total of 35 appearances with the Milwaukee Brewers from 2010-12. The 6’5 hurler has enjoyed success at every level, owning a 5-0 record with a 3.88 ERA in the big leagues, and a 3.61 ERA in the minors. A reliever in recent seasons, the 29-year-old pitched in the Colorado Rockies organization last season with Triple-A Colorado Springs, tallying seven wins and three saves in 45 outings. His first seven seasons were spent in the Brewers farm system, after being selected by Milwaukee in the 10th round of the 2006 draft.
Neil also has enjoyed consistent success throughout his career, coming to York with a lifetime 17-15 record and a 3.69 ERA in 67 games (60 starts). The Brigham Young University product was drafted by the Miami Marlins in 2011, and last year was promoted to Triple-A New Orleans on three separate occasions in just his third pro season. Known for his control, the 6’6 righty has walked just 1.8 batters per nine innings for his career.
Bumbry joins the Revs after spending the first five years of his career in the Baltimore Orioles organization. The son of former Orioles great Al Bumbry, York’s outfield and baserunning coach during the Revs’ inaugural 2007 season, the 26-year-old Steve was selected by the Orioles in the 12th round of the 2009 draft out of Virginia Tech. The lefty is a career .244 hitter with 36 home runs, 153 RBI and 41 stolen bases. His Revs ties extend beyond his father, as the younger Bumbry was managed by former Revs third base coach Ryan Minor while playing with the Delmarva Shorebirds in 2010 and 2011.
The Revs will open spring training camp on Monday with their roster now expanded to 30 signed players battling for a spot on the Opening Night roster. Atlantic League rules allow for a maximum of 27 signed players on a team’s active roster from the beginning of the season until June 1 when rosters must be trimmed to 25 active players.
The 2014 season begins on April 24 when the Revs host the Camden Riversharks at Santander Stadium. All tickets for the upcoming season including individual game tickets, 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 at YorkRevolution.com, (717) 801-HITS, and in-person at the Apple Chevrolet Ticket Office.