Alumni Update: Revs coaching tree, Triple-A travelers, ALPB in MLB
Rev me up coach
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.
Former Revolution third baseman Andy Marte (’13) is continuing his steady tear through the Pacific Coast League for the Reno Aces (Diamondbacks Triple-A), but as of June 25 had not yet been called up to the Dbacks. Marte should however be considered the front runner to be the sixth former Rev to reach Major League baseball; he would be the second position player, as the last four MLB Revs were pitchers.
Through his first 67 games this season, Marte hit .312 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI, slugging .530 with a .375 on-base percentage. He’s also chipped in 13 doubles and a triple. Should he not be called to the Majors before September 1, he has a much better shot after that point, when MLB rosters expand for the remainder of the regular season.
The last time we talked about starting pitcher Brett Tomko (Revs ’13), he was attempting to get back to the Majors for a 15th season with the Kansas City Royals at Triple-A Omaha. He was since released by KC, but quickly latched on with the Colorado Rockies, reporting to Triple-A Colorado Springs. This established a record, as Tomko became the first player to suit up for NINE different teams in the Pacific Coast League: Tacoma (Mariners), Fresno (Giants), Las Vegas (Dodgers), Portland (Padres), Sacramento (Athletics), Round Rock (Rangers), Reno (Diamondbacks), Omaha (Royals) and Colorado Springs (Rockies). Add in time at Indianapolis, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Louisville in the International League, and Tomko has pitched for 12 Triple-A franchises total, to accompany the 10 Major League clubs he pitched for over 14 big league seasons. (Reds, Mariners, Padres, Cardinals, Giants, Dodgers, Royals, Yankees, Athletics & Rangers.) Overall, Tomko has pitched for 12 different MLB organizations.
Through his first 10 starts this year in the PCL with Omaha and Colorado Springs, Tomko was a solid 4-3 with a 3.86 ERA in 49 innings pitched.
Burgamy blasts off
Former Revolution outfielder/first baseman Brian Burgamy (’13), now with the Double-A Binghamton Mets, went on a tear through the Eastern League in mid-June. Between June 10 and June 19, Burgamy batted .500 (16-for-32), with four home runs and 14 RBI in that 10-game span, a period where he was named Eastern League Player of the Week. In his first 56 games this season, Burgamy slugged 11 homers, knocked in 38 runs and walked 42 times, for a .360 on-base percentage.
Full list of Atlantic League Alumni to play in Major League Baseball this season:
RHP Dane De La Rosa, Angels: Southern Maryland ‘09
SS Stephen Drew, Red Sox: Camden ‘05
RHP Jarrett Grube, Angels: Southern Maryland ’09 & ‘10
RHP Yoslan Herrera, Angels: Lancaster ‘13
RHP Scott Kazmir, Athletics: Sugar Land ‘12
LHP Jason Lane, Padres: Southern Maryland ’10 / Sugar Land ’12 & ‘13
LHP Scott Rice, Mets: York ‘11
C Rene Rivera, Padres: Camden ‘10
LHP Ian Thomas, Braves: York ‘12
RHP Jerome Williams, Astros: Lancaster ‘11
10 is a very good number for a single-season, and the list could be growing shortly. Aside from Marte and Tomko, LHP Ryan Feierabend (York ’12) is also at Triple-A Round Rock with the Rangers, and RHP Mike McClendon (York ’14) is a teammate of Tomko’s at Colorado Springs. 1B/OF Brock Peterson (Bridgeport ’11 & ’12), who appeared in 23 games with the Cardinals last season, is at Triple-A Syracuse with the Nationals. As you can see above, the Angels invest a significant amount of time scouting the Atlantic League, and RHP Anthony Lerew (York ’14) remains on the Triple-A Salt Lake roster in that organization after they purchased his Atlantic League contract on May 20. There are myriad other former ALPB players in Triple-A that could reach the Majors this season as well.
What a story it’s been for Jason Lane, who, to the best of my research, is one of four players along with Babe Ruth, Bob Gibson and Joe Blanton to hit a home run in the World Series and retire 10 consecutive batters as a pitcher in a Major League game. Lane’s battery-mate in San Diego was former Camden catcher Rene Rivera, meaning this season we had two former Atlantic Leaguers on the field for the same MLB club at the same time, AND competing against one another in the same game, when former Revs Rice and Thomas each pitched the 7th on April 20 in New York. Lane, who transitioned from hitter to hurler with Sugar Land, homered in Game 3 of the 2005 World Series for the Astros in a 7-5 loss to the White Sox.