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Mike McClendon’s contract purchased by Rockies

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The York Revolution has announced that right-handed pitcher Mike McClendon’s contract has been purchased by the Colorado Rockies.  McClendon becomes the second member of the 2014 Revs to sign with a Major League organization, and the 31st in Revolution history to earn a contract in-season. Fellow right hander Anthony Lerew’s contract was purchased by the Angels on May 20.

McClendon appeared in seven games for the Revolution, starting five. His 32 innings pitched are second on the club at the time of his departure, and he struck out 20 in that time, walking just seven. McClendon is returning to the organization he spent last season with, when he appeared in 45 games in relief for Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he struck out 59 batters. McClendon transitioned to starting this season in York, after being almost exclusively a reliever aside from his first two seasons of pro baseball, after being drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 10th round in 2006.

It was somewhat of a surprise McClendon was even available this season, after his solid effort with the Rockies in Triple-A a season ago. Furthermore, the 35 Major League games he appeared in with the Brewers between 2010 and 2012 show a 3.86 career MLB ERA with a 5-0 record, 35 strikeouts and just 15 walks in 49 big league innings pitched. Now, he’ll have another opportunity in an organization that is familiar to return to the Majors where he’s already had big success.

McClendon is the third Revolution player to be signed by Colorado in-season, joining infielders Danny Sandoval (2009) and Kenny Perez (2008).  The transaction puts York’s roster at 25, in advance of the June 1 cut-down.

-Paul Braverman

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