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Andy Marte called up to Diamondbacks, is 8th former Rev to reach MLB

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The York Revolution is proud to announce that former third baseman Andy Marte, of the 2013 club, has been called up to the Major Leagues by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Marte’s contract was selected from Triple-A Reno of the Pacific Coast League on July 31, following a pair of trade deadline deals. Outfielder Gerardo Parra was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers, and infielder Martin Prado to the New York Yankees creating the need for Marte on Arizona’s Major League roster.

Marte’s return to the big leagues is due far more to his recent performance however, than it is the timing of other transactions. His numbers the last two seasons in York and the PCL made his MLB return more a matter of when, rather than if.

In 96 games with the Revolution last season, Marte batted .301 with 19 home runs and 74 RBI. His contract was purchased by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on August 4, and assigned to Triple-A Salt Lake. Marte batted .362 for Salt Lake with six home runs and 18 RBI in 26 games, but a separated shoulder in the PCL playoffs ended up costing him what seemed like a certain September call-up to Anaheim.

He elected to sign as a free agent with Arizona prior to spring training as a non-roster invitee in Diamondbacks Major League camp. Before being assigned to minor league camp, Marte homered off Los Angeles Dodgers ace Zack Greinke among other highlights, making it clear he would likely figure into MLB plans before the season was over. At Reno this season, Marte batted .330 with 13 home runs and 62 RBI in 102 games. At the time of his promotion, he was getting on base at a .384 clip and slugging an impressive .513; of his 124 hits so far this season, 41 were for extra bases.

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Salvador Paniagua inactive with separated shoulder


The news is not great in the aftermath of the collision between Southern Maryland outfielder Jermaine Mitchell and Salvador Paniagua at the plate on July 30.  The Revolution catcher sustained a separated left shoulder on the play in a 4-0 loss (watch above, at the 40 second mark), and is expected to miss around a month of action, give or take.  The hope is Paniagua will be able to return during the regular season, which ends on September 21, and be available for the postseason.

In Paniagua’s absence, York has signed familiar face Sandy DeLeon as an emergency back up.  This is DeLeon’s third stint with the Revolution in such a role.  He played in 18 games for the Revs in 2010, and was on the roster for six days last season but did not appear in a game.  DeLeon, 34, is a veteran of 13 professional seasons and will remain with the team through Saturday’s game (August 2) at Long Island.  On August 3 Angel Flores will join the club, replace DeLeon and likely share time with incumbent Alberto Espinosa behind the plate for York.

Flores, 27, is in his 10th professional season.  A product of the Detroit Tigers organization, he ascended as high at Triple-A Toledo in that system in 2010.  The journeyman has also made two stops in the Atlantic League, appearing in 51 games for Bridgeport in 2012 and 40 games for Lancaster in 2011, for whom he hit .311.  Last season, Flores hit .263 with six home runs and 38 RBI in 92 games as the primary catcher for Grand Prairie in the American Association.

-Paul Braverman


A #WarOfTheRoses First: Former Rev and Barnstormer on same MLB roster

It’s already been a banner year for the Atlantic League when in comes to Major League alumni.  13 ALPB alums have appeared in the big leagues this season, and that’s just so far with several others at Triple-A, primed for a possible September call-up if not sooner.  (Five of the 13 players are former Revs.)  April 20 marked the first time two former Revs competed against one another in the same MLB game, when Ian Thomas and Scott Rice squared off at Citi Field in New York. It keeps getting better however…

While it was a temporary setback when former Lancaster (’11) pitcher Jerome Williams was designated for assignment on July 1 and ultimately released by the Houston Astros, he was quickly scooped up by AL West rival Texas on July 11.  Two weeks later on July 25, the Rangers called him up from Triple-A Round Rock to start at home against Oakland, having already called up Ryan Feierabend on July 12.  The transaction cemented a first in the “War Of The Roses” rivalry which was born in 2007; for the first time a former York and Lancaster player are on the same MLB roster at the same time.

Ironically, Williams had been coming out of the Astros bullpen, but is now in the Rangers rotation.  Feierabend, who had been starting at Round Rock has appeared in six games out of the Rangers bullpen since being called up, at the time of this post.  However, everyone is in the big leagues, so I doubt anyone is complaining about their role.  Williams was successful in his first start:  6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB 4 K in a 4-1 win over the A’s.

The updated list of former Atlantic League players to appear in the Majors this season is after the jump:

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Revolution sign former Mariners RHP Dan Cortes

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The Revolution has added a pitcher with Major League experience in two seasons.  Dan Cortes is officially under contract, and will likely come out of the York bullpen.  Cortes, in his ninth professional season, was primarily a starter for the first six seasons of his career but hasn’t started a game since 2010.  It was that season he garnered his first MLB experience, appearing in four games out of the Seattle Mariners bullpen.  He earned a larger cup of coffee in 2010, when he came out of the Seattle bullpen 10 times.  Cortes, 27,  has moved around a lot in his career, spending last season with the Diamondbacks and Padres organizations.  He was originally with the White Sox after being selected out of high school in the seventh round of the 2005 draft.  By the end of his second pro season in 2006, he was traded to the Royals, before being flipped again to the Mariners in 2009.

Cortes has posted some nice strikeout numbers in his career; he joins York with 684 career punch-outs in 732 minor league innings.  He’s struck out nine in 16 Major League innings.  Cortes posted five consecutive 100-strikeout seasons from 2006 to 2010 as he moved from Class A to the Majors.

-Paul Braverman


Revolution “tie” up Barnstormers

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With 62 wins since arriving in York in 2008, Corey Thurman is essentially the winningest starting pitcher in Atlantic League history. He’s 12 wins away from the all-time wins record.

It was a night of ties at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster on July 28, but not the kissing-your-sister-type.  With a 5-2 win, the Revolution clinched at least a tie in the 2014 War of The Roses, taking a 10-5 series lead.  After a 12 games to eight triumph last season, the win ensured the Community Cup will reside in York for consecutive offseasons for the first time ever.  The Revs need just one more victory in the final five meetings to win Cup outright two years in a row, which has never happened.  The only other time it’s been retained was when Lancaster kept it with a 10-10 tie in 2012 after winning it in 2011.  Otherwise, it’s always alternated cities.

After falling behind 2-0 in this year’s series, the Revolution have now won 10 of 13 games against the Barnstormers, with a 5-4 mark in Lancaster.  They’re 5-1 in York, after the five-game sweep back in May.

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Travis Garcia is on a tear

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Tommy John surgery for a position player is rare, but a UCL injury and the subsequent grueling rehab following surgery is what kept Revolution infielder Travis Garcia on the shelf most of the 2012 season and all of last year.  After playing most of the last five seasons with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs around stints in the Mexican League and with the Seattle Mariners at Double-A, Garcia elected a fresh start with York when he decided to come back this year, re-uniting with Mark Mason who had Managed him in the Frontier League in 2005 and 2008.

Unfortunately, the Atlantic League does not recognize a “Comeback Player of The Year” award, but if it did, such honors would already be locked up.

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Eric Patterson sets new Atlantic League triples record

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Not only is Revolution IF/OF Eric Patterson the new single-season Atlantic League triples champion with a remarkable 55 games to go in the regular season, the record-setting triple ended up sparking a rally in York’s 50th win of the season, moving a season-high 15 games over .500 on July 25 at Somerset.  Down 3-2 in the eighth, Patterson tripled off the left field wall and later scored on a Travis Garcia RBI single to tie the game, and the Revs later won 5-3, allowing Rommie Lewis his 23rd save of the season to become the Revolution’s all-time single-season leader in that category as well.

With 14 triples on the season, Patterson surpasses the shared mark of 13 by Wayne Lydon (Camden, 2009) and Lloyd Turner (Lancaster, 2008).  Figuring he legs out a few more this season, his record may be safe for a while.  As a Major Leaguer, Patterson has seven career triples between 2009 and 2011 with the A’s, Red Sox and Padres.  He had six triples for York last year in the first half of the season before signing with the Milwaukee Brewers, and Patterson’s 20 Revolution triples are already the franchise career record, which he took over on July 3 and now holds by seven triples.

-Paul Braverman


Rommie Lewis is new Revolution single-season saves champ

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Juan Rincon’s ride at the top didn’t last long.  Last year, the 10-season MLB veteran notched 22 saves for the Revolution, surpassing Michael Nix’s record of 18 from 2011.  On July 25 at Somerset however, Rommie Lewis picked up his 23rd save of 2014 in a 5-3 Revolution win – with 55 games left in the regular season.  Rarely in Revs history has the club had an undisputed closer for long stretches, this year aside of course, hence Lewis blowing by the record in July.

With the single-season mark out of the way, Lewis can strive for two other records.  In 2013, he notched five saves in more of a set-up role for York before departing for Taiwan in late August.  Rommie’s career total of 28 in a Revolution uniform puts him just four shy of a new all-time franchise mark, held by R.J. Rodriguez with 31 saves from 2010 to 2012.  The Atlantic League single-season record may be too much of a stretch for Lewis, but if the Revolution play enough close games he could have a shot:  That mark is 40 by Mike Guilfoyle of Bridgeport, in 2003.

-Paul Braverman


Revolution set new franchise single-season stolen base mark

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It’s certainly not rare for Justin Greene to beat the baseball to third base with a smile.

When Justin Greene stole his 17th and 18th bases of the season for York in a 5-2 win at Long Island on July 18, along with the 31st theft by Wilson Valdez, it established a new single-season franchise record for team stolen bases.

The Revolution, league-leaders in that category have seen an athletic transformation this season, completely obliterating the record of 100 steals compiled by the inaugural 2007 club.  The three steals by Greene and Valdez put York’s total at 102 for the season…in game 78.  Whatever the new record is set at with however many thefts the Revs compile in the final 62 games this season might stand for a nice long time.  When Mark Mason said he wanted to get faster and run more this year, I don’t think even he had this mind.  In any event, mission accomplished.

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Ryan Feierabend two games into six-year MLB comeback with Rangers, 7th former Rev to reach MLB

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Former York Revolution pitcher Ryan Feierabend (’12) became the seventh Rev alum to reach Major League Baseball back on July 13 when he came out of the Texas Rangers bullpen at home against the Angels for an inning and a third.  He waited six days for a second appearance, tossing an inning and two-thirds July 19 in Toronto.  The number of former Revs to reach the show continues to explode, as Feierabend is the third player to do so this season.  The six most recent York to MLB players have all been pitchers, and have all ascended to the Majors since the mid-way point of the 2012 season, four of which accomplished the feat since the beginning of last season.  Feierabend is the third pitcher off York’s 2012 staff alone to reach the big leagues.  More:

  • The lefty made 17 starts for York in 2012 around time at Triple-A Louisville for the Reds, and established the single-season franchise record for ERA at 2.71.  He was signed by Texas as a non-roster invitee to spring training following that season, and spent the last season and a half pitching for Triple-A Round Rock until his contract was selected by the Rangers from the minors on July 12.
  • The call-up completed a six-year MLB comeback for Feierabend, who last pitched in the Majors for the Seattle Mariners in 2008.  Primarily a starter during his career, he made 25 appearances and 19 starts for Seattle between 2006 and 2008.  Texas called him up to come out of the bullpen, after he made 24 appearances and 16 starts for Round Rock last season, and 19 starts for Round Rock this year.  Feierabend was their opening day starter this season.  Remarkably, it’s not even the biggest MLB comeback this month for a former Revolution pitcher, with Julio DePaula’s seven-year comeback after being called up to the Orioles earlier this month.

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Breakin’ Rad: Patterson joins Thurman in starting multiple All-Star Games

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Overall it was a quiet night for the three York Revolution representatives at the Atlantic League All-Star Game in Sugar Land.  When Eric Patterson started at second base however, he joined Corey Thurman as the only Rev to start two all-star games.  Patterson started at short last season in Southern Maryland.  Thurman was on the bump in the 2009 and 2011 (in York) all-star affairs.  Wilson Valdez started at short this year, giving York the starter at that position two consecutive seasons.  Patterson joins Thurman, outfielder James Shanks and infielder Andres Perez as the only Revs to be selected to multiple all-star games.  Thurman’s three selections (2012 was the other) remains the franchise-best.

Patterson went 0-for-3, but scored the game’s first run after he walked in the top of the first, coming home on a Corey Smith (Somerset) RBI double.    Valdez went 0-for-2.

Rommie Lewis faced just one batter in the bottom of the eighth inning, relieving newly-crowned all-time Atlantic League saves leader Jim Ed Warden (Southern Maryland).  With no one on base and two out, Lewis forced Neil Medchill to fly out to right field to end the inning.  The ALPB All-Stars dropped a 5-3 decision to Sugar Land.

The countdown now begins, with 63 regular season games remaining before the first-half winning Revolution begin their fifth playoff run in eight seasons, and their fourth in the last five.  The best-of-five divisional round will begin on September 24 on the road.

-Paul Braverman


OF Tim Battle added, injuries sideline Neil, Repko

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The Revolution has signed former Yankees farmhand Tim Battle, who will assume the role of fourth outfielder for the club.  Injuries have also officially sidelined two others players indefinitely.

RHP Matt Neil, who was placed on the inactive list on June 15, will be shut down in order to have surgery on his ailing pitching elbow.  He complained of elbow soreness following his June 3 complete game victory over Somerset, which would be his last game pitched this season.  After joining the team on May 24, Neil only made three starts for the Revolution, and was 2-0 with a 1.47 ERA.  The Revs won all three contests he pitched, so it’s a shame for the team, and even moreso for the player.  The comeback from elbow surgery, Tommy John or not, is a long, arduous and usually at-least a calender year-long process.

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Breakin’ Rad: Past Revolution All-Stars

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The Washington Nationals Racing Presidents were a highlight of the 2011 All-Star Game in York, when the Revolution hosted the event for the first time. Fittingly, George Washington was victorious; the first President in his first visit to the First Capital in 200 or so years.

It’s day three of the Atlantic League All-Star Break, and the game is tonight in Sugar Land.  It’s the 17th All-Star Game in league history and the first west of the Mississippi.  York’s representatives tonight are 2B Eric Patterson, SS Wilson Valdez and LHP Rommie Lewis.  Assuming Patterson starts at second, after he started at short last season in Southern Maryland, he will equal teammate Corey Thurman as the only Revolution player to start multiple all-star games.  Thurman started the 2009 and 2011 games.  1B/OF Johan Limonta was selected, but will not participate due to his contract being purchased by Campeche of the Mexican League.

Thanks to the 2014 York Revolution media guide and Darrell Henry, let’s take a look back at former Revolution selections to the game, and some highlights:

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Breakin’ Rad: Who’s coming back for the playoffs?

It’s day two of the All-Star Break.  Let’s delve into the various possibilities of some players who started this season with the Revolution returning in time for the playoffs.  Hopefully this clears up any confusion about the situation of any one player.

Atlantic League rules dictate clubs are allowed to add two players from “outside leagues” to their roster after September 1.  This is not a roster expansion, the active rosters still remain at 25, so moves would have to be made.  But the limit is to prevent a team from bringing in a bunch of ringers for the postseason, guys who really didn’t play a role in helping said team to the playoffs.  (Accommodations are sometimes made post-Septemeber 1 for injury replacements, should a team sustain a season-ending injury after that date.  That’s done at the discretion of the Atlantic League.)  If/when teams take advantage of this, those players are usually guys who started the season with a team, then departed for a lucrative foreign contract, and then return due to their contract being up or the foreign season concluding.

Certainly, two Revolution names immediately spring to mind from that category:  Chris Cody in Taiwan and Johan Limonta in Mexico.  Should both players return, that would satisfy York’s limit of two players.  But their situations are not entirely equal:

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Breakin’ Rad: Justin Greene batting .389

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Our “summer” begins in October once the season is over.  All-Star Break?  I think not!  Over the next four days look for a different post to satisfy your insatiable appetite for Revolution information while the first-half champ and playoff-bound Revs enjoy some much-earned down time.  Now let’s talk about Justin Greene.

The Revolution right fielder is probably the most notable omission from Wednesday’s Atlantic League All-Star Game in Sugar Land.  It certainly isn’t for lack of numbers; Greene hit a cool .383 in 43 first half games.  However, it was his late arrival to the league from the Arizona Diamondbacks organization that cost him, as usually, and understandably so, all-star spots are reserved for players who played the vast majority of the first half for their clubs.  So call it a snub if you’d like, but honestly no one around here is too upset about it, especially should Greene keep cranking out two or three hits a game for York.  I think we should look forward to seeing what he can do after four days rest.

Greene, now batting .389 in 50 games for the Revs, is in hot pursuit of two major records.  Should his pace hold, he’d obliterate each.  The Revolution single-season record for batting average is .339 by infielder Ramon Castro in 2010.  The Atlantic League mark is .371 by Vic Rodriguez of the 2004 Somerset Patriots.  Both records are predicated on the player having 2.7 at-bats per team game, a threshold Greene crossed the first week of July after signing with York on May 23.  Doing so made him the official Atlantic League batting average leader this season, out-pacing the former Twin & Oriole Lew Ford of Long Island (.363) by a healthy margin.

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Three Revolution pitchers bat in July 12 game

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Despite the strikeout, Beau Vaughan has plenty reason to smile after finally getting his first professional at-bat in his 11th season.

The planets aligned for the Revolution to have a short bench for the July 12 game against Bridgeport, with Johan Limonta departing for the Mexican League the prior evening.  The team was also without shortstop Wilson Valdez on the 12th, an excused and expected absence, as he was honored at the Nationals-Phillies game as part of the Phillies’ “10 Years of Citizen’s Bank Park” series.

Valdez, who played the 2010 and 2011 seasons with the club, was brought back to commemorate the game where he pitched the 19th inning in on May 25, 2011 against the Reds.  Valdez started the game at second base, tossed a scoreless inning, and wound up the winning pitcher when a Raul Ibanez sac fly scored Jimmy Rollins in the bottom of the 19th for a 5-4 Phillies win.  It marked the first time a player started in the field, moved to pitcher and wound up with the winning decision since 1921- when Babe Ruth did it.

So Valdez threw out the first pitch tonight in Philadelphia and was honored for the achievement as they celebrate a decade of their ballpark.  He has been adamant about not pitching again, in order to keep his career ERA at 0.00, and his career record an un-blemished 1-0.  His absence had the blessing of Manager Mark Mason, especially so after the Revolution wrapped up a playoff spot by winning the first half.  This left York with the shortest of bench however, with the only extra player the second catcher, Alberto Espinosa.  When left fielder Jason Repko sustained an injury in the third inning, Mason’s hands were tied.

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Johan Limonta heading to Mexican League

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OF/1B Johan Limonta was not in the lineup on July 11, for just the fourth time in 75 games this season.  The reason being his contract was in the midst of being purchased by Piratas de Campeche of the Mexican League.

While this is a short-term blow to the Revolution, it’s also another demonstration in why winning the first half of the season is so valuable.  The regular season in Mexico begins in March, ending in late August with the playoffs to follow.  According to Limonta, he will return to York for the stretch-run of the season and postseason, leaving the Revs no worse for wear as they vie for a championship.  Mexican teams had been hot on Limonta’s trail since May, which was of little surprise considering his torrid start to the season at the plate.  He initially rebuffed those offers however, because he wanted to be with the Revolution through the first half to help ensure they won it.  So that’s pretty cool.

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Revolution to host final three games of division series

A major perk of winning your division in the first half is the option to choose which first round playoff games you are going to host, per Atlantic League rules.  The Revolution has decided to host games 3, 4 (if necessary) and 5 (if necessary) in the first round, September 26-28.  Games 1 and 2 will be played September 24-25.

This could get interesting if Sugar Land qualifies for the playoffs as either the second half Freedom Division winner or as a wild card.  Nine of the Revolution’s final 12 regular season games are already against the Skeeters.  York hosts Sugar Land for three September 9-11, before ending the regular season with six in Texas September 16-21.  (Every team in the league plays one six game series at Sugar Land during the season, to reduce travel.)

Should Skeeters-Revs be the first round match up, York would stay in the Houston area two extra days following the conclusion of the regular season, before starting the division series on the 24th, making the choice to host the conclusion of the series even more convenient, as to not have to fly down to Sugar Land more than once.  It also sets up a scenario where at minimum, a stretch of 12 of 15 games the Revolution will play could be against the Skeeters including playoffs, with as many as 14 of 17 games against Sugar Land if this hypothetical match-up in the playoffs were to go a full five games.

The full press release on the division series schedule is after the jump:

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Revolution surpass 2 million fan milestone

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With an attendance figure of 4,979 for an 11-5 win over the Somerset Patriots on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, the York Revolution surpassed 2 million fans drawn to their Downtown home.  The milestone comes in the eighth season of operation for the franchise at Santander Stadium.

Based on current attendance trends, the organization expects to draw at least 4,300 fans per game for their 70 home games this season.  Attendance has risen 13% from a season ago, with between 500 and 600 more fans attending each game this year.

“When we first made plans for our 2 Millionth fan, we figured this would happen at the end of this month and not early July,” said Revolution President & General Manager Eric Menzer.  “But our fan support has been terrific this year, and people have really responded to the increased commitment we’ve made to the promotional schedule and stadium improvements.  It’s a pleasant surprise to do this on July 8,” Menzer continued.

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Wilson Valdez sets Revolution single-season steals mark

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After stealing just 47 bases as a team in 2013, Manager Mark Mason made a concerted effort to add more speed in building this year’s squad. The addition of Wilson Valdez (30 steals), Sean Smith (23), Justin Greene (13) and Eric Patterson (12) et al. have probably surpassed even the expectations Mason had for the running game this season.

With two steals in a 3-2 win over Somerset on July 7, Wilson Valdez became the Revolution single-season steals champion – with 69 games remaining in the season.  Truth be told, the Revs have never really been a big running team until this year.  Through the July 7 game the club had swiped 96 bases overall, just four shy – again, with 69 games left in the season – of the collective single-season mark.  York stole 100 bases as a team in the inaugural 2007 season.

Valdez surpassed, you guessed it, Scott Grimes for the individual mark.  Grimes stole 28 bases during the 2010 championship season.

-Paul Braverman


Julio DePaula called up to Orioles, is 6th former Rev to reach MLB

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The Baltimore Orioles have purchased the contract of former York Revolution right-handed relief pitcher Julio DePaula from Double-A Bowie.  DePaula is active for Baltimore tonight (July 7) at Washington. DePaula is the sixth former Revolution player to reach the Major Leagues.  He becomes the 11th former Atlantic League player to appear on a MLB roster this season alone.  Starting pitcher Kevin Gausman was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for DePaula on Baltimore’s roster.

DePaula, 31, joins OF Tike Redman (Orioles ’07), LHP Justin Hampson (Mets ’12), RHP Shawn Hill (Blue Jays ’12), LHP Scott Rice (Mets ’13) and LHP Ian Thomas (Braves ’14) as York Major League alumni. DePaula becomes the third former Rev to go from York to the Majors in the same season, joining Redman and Hill.  History was made on April 20 when Rice and Thomas each pitched the 7th inning in New York, marking the first time two Revolution alums were on the same field for an MLB game, and the first time two Revolution alums competed against one another in an MLB game.

DePaula’s Atlantic League contract was purchased from the Revolution by the Orioles on June 26.  His journey from York to the Major Leagues in just 11 days is easily a franchise record for least amount of time between leaving York and earning a spot on a MLB roster.  In just three appearances for Bowie before the call-up, DePaula held hitters to a miniscule .143 average, allowing only three hits in 6.1 innings pitched with eight strikeouts.  He nailed down a save for Bowie in his most recent appearance, July 5 at Akron.

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Four Revs named mid-season all-stars

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Roster spots in the Atlantic League All-Star Game are more exclusive this year than in years past, as with Sugar Land hosting the game for the first time, this year’s format is the Skeeters against a team of ALPB All-Stars from the other seven clubs.  The First Half Freedom Division-winning York Revolution will have four representatives making the trip to Texas for the game on July 16:

1B Johan Limonta (.288 AVG, .344 OBP, .436 SLG, 13 2B, 1 3B, 7 HR, 45 RBI, 29 Runs)

2B Eric Patterson (.302 AVG, .383 OBP, .523 SLG, 18 2B, 9 3B, 7 HR, 45 RBI, 47 Runs, 11 SB)

SS Wilson Valdez (.288 AVG, .354 OBP, .348 SLG, 7 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 19 RBI, 41 Runs, 28 SB)

LHP Rommie Lewis (30 GP, 2-0, 2.32 ERA, 31.0 IP, 8 BB, 22 K, 1.06 WHIP, 17 Saves)

Limonta will start at first base, despite his splitting time as a 1B/OF/DH this season.  It appears he edged out his own teammate Chad Tracy for that spot.  (All-Stars are selected in a combination of fan voting, media voting and team coaching staff/manager input.)  It’s another great first half accomplishment for York, having three quarters of the starting infield be Revs in the All-Star Game.

An obvious omission is outfielder Justin Greene, who currently leads the Atlantic League with a .383 average.  Greene played in just 43 of York’s 70 first half games however, after signing with the club on May 23.  Generally, mid-season all-star selections are used on players who’ve been with their club from opening day or close to it, and have played in the vast majority of their team’s games.

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Alain Quijano named Atlantic League Player of the Week for June 30-July 6

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Allowing one run in 16 innings of work over two starts will generally garner some attention, and Alain Quijano has earned Atlantic League Player of the Week honors for June 30 through July 6.  For the playoff-bound Revolution, it’s the second time this season and the second time in three weeks a Rev has earned the award.  First baseman Chad Tracy homered his way to Player of the Week honors last month.

On July 1, Quijano spun eight innings and scattered seven hits, allowing just one run in an 8-1 victory at home over Southern Maryland.  He struck out three and walked just one.  Then on July 5, with York’s magic number at one to clinch the Freedom Division First Half over Lancaster with two to play, he delivered one of the greatest performances in one of the biggest spots in Revolution history.  Quijano went eight innings again, allowing just three hits and didn’t walk anyone.  His five strikeouts helped pop the champagne for York, who secured a playoff spot with the 2-0 road victory over the Barnstormers, clinching the division with a day to go.  Quijano faced just four over the minimum in the victory.

-Paul Braverman


First Half Factoids

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  • This marks the fifth season in eight as a franchise the York Revolution have qualified for the Atlantic League postseason.  It’s also the third season in the last four there will be playoff baseball at Santander Stadium.
  • This is the second time York has won a first half division crown.  They also won the Freedom Division first half in 2010 by four games with a record of 40-30, and went on to win their first Atlantic League Championship defeating Somerset in five games and sweeping Bridgeport in three.
  • In 13 of the 16 Atlantic League seasons so far, the eventual champion qualified for the playoffs via the first half.  The 2011 Revolution were only the second team to ever win a championship after winning a second half division title.
  • The Revolution has now won two first halves, and three second halves.  York has yet to qualify for the Atlantic League playoffs via a wild card spot, which only comes into play if a club wins both halves of it’s division.
  • 41-29 is tied for the second-winningest half in franchise history, equaling the record of the club which won the 2008 second half for the first playoff spot in Revolution history, in season number two.  York was swept out of the first round by Somerset that season.  The winningest half in franchise history still belongs to the 2012 club, which won the second half with a record of 43-27, before being swept out of the first round by Lancaster.
  • York is 12-10 all-time in the postseason, and 8-3 at home.  Between the back-to-back championship seasons of 2010-2011 and 2012, they enjoyed a seven-game home playoff win streak.  Of their 4-7 all-time road playoff record however, two of those wins clinched a series:  Game 3 of the 2010 Championship Series at Bridgeport, and Game 5 of the 2011 Division Series at Lancaster.