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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:

RHP Dane De La Rosa, Angels:  Southern Maryland ’09
RHP Julio DePaula, Orioles:  York ’13 & ’14
SS Stephen Drew, Red Sox/Yankees:  Camden ’05
LHP Ryan Feierabend, Rangers:  York ’12
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 (Transitioned from outfielder to pitcher, OF for SOMD, OF/P for Sugar Land)
3B Andy Marte, Diamondbacks:  York ’13
LHP Scott Rice, Mets:  York ’11
C Rene Rivera, Padres:  Camden ’10
LHP Ian Thomas, Braves:  York ’12
RHP Jerome Williams, Astros/Rangers:  Lancaster ’11

-Paul Braverman

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