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LHP Bryan Morgado signed

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It didn’t take long for the Revolution to fill the roster spot created by Julio DePaula signing with the Orioles.  Left-handed long reliever Bryan Morgado has been added, who was a fourth round pick of the Phillies in 2010 out of the University of Tennessee.  Entering this season, Morgado carried a 3.95 professional ERA in 81 appearances and 114 innings pitched.  He posted an impressive 113 strikeouts in that time.

The move brings the roster back to 25 active.  York currently has 26 players in the clubhouse, with starting pitcher Matt Neil still on the inactive list with lingering elbow soreness.

-Paul Braverman


Julio DePaula’s contract purchased by Orioles

DePaula Orioles

The York Revolution has announced that right-handed relief pitcher Julio DePaula’s contract has been purchased by the Baltimore Orioles.  DePaula becomes the third member of the 2014 Revolution pitching staff to sign with a Major League organization, and the 32nd player in Revs history to earn a contract in-season. Fellow right-handers Anthony Lerew (Angels) and Mike McClendon (Rockies) had their contracts purchased in late May.

DePaula, who was arguably the most dependable bullpen arm for the Revolution last season, spending the duration with York, carried a 2.89 ERA in 50 appearances over 56 innings. The Dominican native has been even more impressive this season, posting a 2.42 ERA in 28 games and 29 innings thus far. He struck out 30, walking only eight in that time, and has been consistently throwing in the mid-90s.

With the uptick in velocity, DePaula appears Major League ready. Should he ascend to Baltimore, it would complete a remarkable seven-year MLB comeback. He appeared in 16 games out of the Minnesota Twins bullpen in 2007, his only big league service time to this point.

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RHP Scott Gorgen signed

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The Revolution has filled the open roster spot created by the departure of Chris Cody to the Brother Elephants in Taiwan.  Right-handed reliever Scott Gorgen has signed with York, and as you can see from the stylish socks above, he’s played the majority of his career in the St. Louis Cardinals farm system.

Gorgen was drafted by St. Louis in the fourth round in 2008 out of UC-Irvine, ascending as high as Triple-A Memphis in 2012.  Last season, he appeared in 14 games with Camden, making 11 starts.  Gorgen excelled as a young prospect, posting a 2.32 ERA his first year at Single-A Batavia in 14 games (six starts), and followed that with a 2.92 ERA in 14 games (13 starts) for A-Advanced Palm Beach in 2009.  In 2010, he posted a microscopic 1.26 ERA in 12 games (eight starts) with Double-A Springfield.  Coming into the 2014 season, Gorgen had tallied a 26-25 career record with a solid 3.55 earned run average in 87 pro appearances (67 starts).

-Paul Braverman


Atlantic League commissions pace of play committee

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The Atlantic League is getting quite serious about its initiative to improve pace of play.  Read all about the new pace of play committee below, via the official release from the Atlantic League.  The hope is the ALPB is able to provide innovations and an example that could improve the pace of the game at the Major League level, but throughout all of professional baseball as well.  The goals of the committee, the members and their resumes are also below.

-Paul Braverman

The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) today announced the formation of the Pace of Play (POP) Committee, tasked with reviewing ways to reduce the average time and enliven the pace of baseball games in order to enhance overall fan experience. The Committee will solicit and review ideas from fans, media, and baseball on-field and administrative personnel, in addition to proposals from Committee members. The blue ribbon panel is responsible for recommending actions to the Atlantic League’s Executive Committee. Suggestions will be vetted for their impact on pace of play and length of game, safety of players and on-field personnel, commercial consequences and simplicity, while maintaining the fundamental rules of baseball.

The Pace of Play Committee is chaired by Tal Smith, former President of the Houston Astros and comprised of former MLB executives and players with over 200 years of collective experience in the Major Leagues, including Roland Hemond, Joe Klein, Cecil Cooper, Bud Harrelson and Sparky Lyle. Their suggestions, recommendations and findings will be published on the Atlantic League website ( www.AtlanticLeague.com ) and made available for review by any interested parties.

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Chris Cody leaving for Taiwan

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There were rumblings over the winter of Chris Cody pitching in the Chinese Professional Baseball League on the island of Taiwan this season, which delayed his official signing with the Revolution for 2014 until March 14.  Even after that, into York’s preseason camp, it still looked like he might depart for a potentially lucrative contract overseas, which didn’t happen.

As you can see above, Cody is gracing the cover of the next issue of the York Revolutionary Times, in which he talked about the situation in more detail.  (Read the upcoming issue at Santander Stadium the next eight home games, June 26 – July 3).  It’s now official though, Cody has a contract to pitch for the Brother Elephants through the end of August.  The season over there lasts into the fall through October however, so how long Cody will pitch in Taiwan remains to be seen.  He could return to York for the stretch-run of the regular season and hopefully playoffs in September, should he only pitch through August.

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Alumni Update: Revs coaching tree, Triple-A travelers, ALPB in MLB

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Scott Grimes, who traded in one set of blue and gold for another.

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The list of Revolution alums in high-profile coaching positions continues to grow, as several recent players are either in full-time coaching positions with other minor league teams, or Division I programs. The list:

INF Keoni DeRenne (2007-2009): Hitting Coach, West Virginia Power (Pirates A)
INF Liu Rodriguez (2009-2012): Coach, Milwaukee Brewers extended spring training and Rookie affiliates
OF Scott Grimes (2010-2012): Hitting Coach, LaSalle University (Atlantic 10 Conference)
INF Vince Harrison (2010-2011): Hitting Coach, Arizona League Diamondbacks (Diamondbacks Rookie)
OF Jose Herrera (2010-2011): Coach, Washington Nationals extended spring training and Rookie affiliates
INF Chuck Jeroloman (2010): Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, Jacksonville University (Atlantic Sun Conference)
C Octavio Martinez (2011): Bullpen Catcher, Washington Nationals (MLB)

In retrospect, it’s not difficult to see why the 2010 team was successful in bringing York its first Atlantic League Championship, with five players off that title team moving into coaching.

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Chad Tracy named Atlantic League Player of the Week for June 16-22

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With the tear he’s been on, the Revolution first baseman didn’t leave much doubt, but it’s official.  Chad Tracy is your Atlantic League Player of the Week for June 16-22.  For the first place Revs, he’s the first player this season to earn Player of The Week honors.

Tracy batted a sultry .344 last week in seven games (11-32), stroking five home runs with 11 RBI and eight runs scored.  He slugged two homers in a game twice; June 16 at home against Camden (8-6 win) and June 21 at Southern Maryland, smacking a game-winning grand slam in the 8th inning in an 8-4 win.

After homering nine times in 59 games with the Revolution last season after joining the club from the Kansas City Royals organization (Triple-A Omaha), it was downright shocking Tracy was homer-less into June after beginning the season with York, after spending all of spring training with the Baltimore Orioles.  Tracy was also red-hot in camp with the Revolution.  However, based on his power numbers last year you knew he was still a guy that can get you 20 or so homers over 140 games, and a cluster of bombs like this wasn’t unexpected for Tracy to catch up.  He’s currently at six homers total, in just his last 11 games after 43 games without one.  Baseball is a cruel game, but it tends to even out.

Tracy has also driven in 37 runs in 54 games this season, equaling the number of RBI he had for York last year, in five fewer games.  He now has 142 homers in his ninth season as a professional.

-Paul Braverman


Kelvin R. Thurman (1952-2014)

Thurm & Parents

Corey Thurman and his parents Wanda and Kelvin, prior to an exhibition game against the U.S. Military All-Star Team before the 2010 season. Thurman actually pitched against the Revolution that day and defeated York, honoring his father’s service in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, indicated by the special jersey he wore during the game.

Corey Thurman has returned to the York Revolution after several days away to be with his family.  His father Kelvin, 62, passed away on Thursday in a Detroit-area hospital.

York Daily Record reporter Collin Snyder wrote a terrific piece on the father and son, and has more details here: http://www.ydr.com/revolution/ci_25968946/death-father-surreal-york-revolution-pitcher-thurman

Also appropriate for Father’s Day, YDR columnist Frank Bodani wrote a great column on Revolution LHP Mark Hendrickson, who lost his dad as an infant:  http://www.ydr.com/revolution/ci_25969249/frank-bodani-revs-mark-hendrickson-looks-back-looks

I strongly suggest reading both.  While the subject matter may be a shame, especially so around a family holiday, it is a great reminder of the caliber of man this organization seeks out to represent York and the Atlantic League.

The sincerest sympathies of all Revolution front office personnel, game workers and fans are with Corey Thurman and his family at this time.

-Paul Braverman


Here’s a photo of Tracy McGrady throwing a bullpen while in York

Enjoy. Photo by Revolution team photographer Tom Moschella.

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LHP Logan Williamson signed

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With Corey Thurman in Michigan tending to his family with his father ill, and Matt Neil with some elbow soreness after tossing a complete game in a 12-1 victory at Somerset on June 3, it forced Alain Quijano, Chris Cody and Jorge Martinez to all come back on three-days rest during the four game series against Sugar Land June 6-9, with Beau Vaughan making a spot start out of the bullpen in that series.

With the Revolution in need of a starter, they’ve signed lefty Logan Williamson, who will make his Revs debut Thursday at Camden.  Manager Mark Mason sounded optimistic that Neil wouldn’t miss multiple starts, and if so, would not be on the shelf long, or long enough to hit the disabled list.  Thurman may be back as early as the weekend when the team returns home, but his absence is indefinite.

Williamson has been in the Atlantic League before, putting up solid numbers with Southern Maryland last season; a 3.66 ERA in 31 appearances and 12 starts in 76 innings.  This season, he has already made two stops in Texas, for San Angelo of the United League and Amarillo of the American Association.  He was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2004 and has also played in the Mexican League.

-Paul Braverman


Ruddy Yan released

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It’s a shame when a fan favorite is released, but the Revolution and outfielder Ruddy Yan have parted ways.  There probably isn’t a better-liked guy in the clubhouse, or in the league for that matter, and Yan’s enthusiasm is infectious; but at the end of the day it just became too tough for Mark Mason to get Yan into ballgames.  In a pennant race, and with an already crowded outfield group, Yan became expendable as the club will look to add another starting pitcher this week, to be announced.

A season ago, Yan was pressed from backup into a more everyday role, and batted a respectable .242 in 115 games with 44 RBI.  His defense remains excellent, so he very well could surface elsewhere in the Atlantic League or another league shortly.  2014 is Yan’s 15th professional season at age 33.  He ended up 2-for-23 with an RBI in just 10 games with York this season.

-Paul Braverman


Alumni Update: Michael Nix, Chuck Jeroloman, Kennard Jones

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Old York Nix

Although he’s pitched the last three seasons for Sugar Land, before he was a Skeeter, right-handed pitcher Michael Nix spent 2011 with the York Revolution, helping the franchise to its second consecutive championship.  Nix, a reliever back then who notched 18 saves for the Revs that season in 50 appearances in a closer-by-committee role, totally re-invented his career as a starter upon joining Sugar Land in 2012 for their inaugural season. His parting of ways with York was not bitter – with his significant other native to Texas the Revolution wished him well in relinquishing his rights in order for him to sign with the Skeeters.

Nix, an 11th round draft pick of the Braves out of Auburn University in 2005 had success as a reliever in that organization through 2009, reaching Triple-A.  But the difficult and seldom successful transition to starter worked incredibly for Nix, who became among the most dominant arms in the Atlantic League, making the switch mid-way through 2012, with 16 of his 31 appearances that year being starts..  In 2013, he went 9-2 in 12 starts, with a 1.88 ERA, earning a contract with the Chicago White Sox.  In 10 starts at Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte however, he posted an ERA over 5.00, and it appeared perhaps his window to make his Major League debut had closed, reaching age 30 last season, and he was not retained by the White Sox.  In typical Nix fashion however, he was undeterred and has persevered, posting a 2.00 ERA and a 2-1 record in five starts back with Sugar Land this season.  That effort included 23 strike outs in 27 innings.

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New alternate uniform makes debut in Sunday’s win

Stripes

No, the York Revolution have not been purchased by the Houston Astros.  They have however given solace to anyone that misses the old-school Astros striped uniform, aside from the occasional throwback day in Houston.  Indeed, that classic design was the inspiration for the Revolution’s new alternate jerseys by New Balance, the team’s on-field outfitter.  It will be worn at home and on the road.

After being debuted at Fan Fest, the Revs wore the new tops during a game for the first time on June 1, a 4-0 win at Southern Maryland.  Corey Thurman parlayed the look into seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits in the process.  As we all know, baseball players are never superstitious, therefore I’m sure this jersey (with Corey Thurman in it) tossing a shutout in its first game won’t play any role in Thurm or the rest of the team wanting to wear it often the rest of the season.  The photo of a colorful high-five line after the game is courtesy of Darrell Henry.

If you haven’t been out to the stadium yet this season…well first of all buy tickets here and stop being the Fun Police, and here’s a stunning photo after the jump of a wind-blown DownTown with a close-up of the jersey if you haven’t seen it yet:

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