Alumni Update: Thomas & Rice pitch in same game, make Revolution history
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):
Speaking of the Mets, former Revolution 1B/OF Brian Burgamy (’13) is off to a fast start at Double-A Binghamton, after spending spring training with the Mets where he made a brief appearance in big league camp. In his first 13 games, Burgamy batted .283, stroked four homers and drove in nine runs. In an April 17 home game against New Hampshire, Burgamy reached base five times, with two singles and three walks. Burgamy has owned the Toronto affiliate in the early going, as at New Hampshire on April 11, he socked two homers. In 43 games with York last season, he led the team with a .345 average at the time before departing to Campeche of the Mexican League. He also hit nine homers and drove in 35 with the Revolution.
Just like Chuck Norris
It still appears the best chance for the next Revolution alum to be called to the Majors (would be the franchise’s sixth overall) lies with left-handed starter Ryan Feierabend (’12) and the Texas Rangers. He’s backed up Texas’s decision to make him the opening day starter for Triple-A Round Rock, which you would assume would put him fairly high on the short list of pitchers to be called up, should the Rangers suffer an injury or have a need for an extra starter due to a double-header or something like that. In his first four starts of the season, Feierabend struck out 15 in 21.2 innings, and exhibited that trademark control, only walking three. He sported a 3.32 ERA in that time, in the notoriously hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League and its several stops in thin air- the thinnest being Colorado Springs where tossed six innings of one-run ball and scattered just six hits in a win on April 14. While Feierabend may be starting at Round Rock, he has the friendly genetics of being left-handed on his side. It’s safe to say if he keeps performing, he’ll be a phone call away from Arlington at any time, considered for both a spot-starting or bullpen role in the big leagues. Of course any time a Revolution alum reaches the Majors it’s a great story, but that would be true 10-fold for Feierabend. Should he be called up this season, it would make for a six-year MLB comeback. Feierabend has not appeared in a Major League game since 2008 with the Seattle Mariners.
“Love that T-Bone!”
The Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association have signed former Revolution lefty and fan favorite Kris Regas, who pitched in parts of three seasons for York (2011-2013.) Regas is joined by a few familiar faces, as former Revs LHP Rick Zagone (2013) and IF/OF David Espinosa (2012) are with Regas in KC this season…the T-Bones are located in the Kansas portion of Kansas City. The 100-game American Association season begins on May 15, when the T-Bones open at home against the Lincoln Saltdogs, who currently have former Revolution RHP Nick Green (2013) under contract as one of their top starters.
Other former Revs under contract for 2014 in the American Association: RHP Anthony Clagget ’13 (St. Paul Saints), 2B Andres Perez ’12-’13 (Sioux City Explorers) and RHP Celson Polanco ’10-’11 (Amarillo Sox).