Battery of Thurman & Paniagua returning for 2015, OFs Battle & Jones signed
The process of constructing the 2015 York Revolution roster is underway with the first four player signings made official by the club. All-time wins leader Corey Thurman and longtime battery mate Salvador Paniagua are set to return, while the team has also re-signed outfielder Tim Battle and acquired outfielder Brandon Jones. The signings were first announced by Revs manager Mark Mason this afternoon exclusively on the season’s first episode of “Revs Hot Stove Weekly” on SportsRadio 1350 WOYK-AM.
Thurman enters his 20th professional season and eighth with the Revolution, far and away the longest-tenured player in franchise history. The 36-year-old right-hander enters the season ranking second in Atlantic League history in wins (65), innings (960.2) and strikeouts (656), and is the Revs’ all-time leader in each of those categories in addition to starts (175). Coming off the 2014 season during which he went 9-7 with a 3.97 ERA, Thurman enters the 2015 season nine wins shy of tying the Atlantic League’s all-time record of 74 career wins, established by Tim Cain.
Having first signed with York prior to the 2008 season, Thurman has posted nine wins or more in five of his seven seasons in a Revolution uniform, including a 13-3 record in 2011 followed by a 14-3 mark in 2012. Thurman reached the Major Leagues early in his career, appearing in 49 games (four starts) with the Toronto Blue Jays between 2002 and 2003.
Paniagua enters his fifth season with the Revolution, making him the second longest-tenured player in club history behind only Thurman. The 12th-year pro made 78 starts behind the plate for the Revs last season, batting .249 with six home runs and 36 RBI while leading the league with a .993 fielding percentage. Paniagua played in the Atlantic League All-Star Game the season before, blasting 14 home runs with 54 RBI while batting .279, the league’s highest among regular catchers. The Dominican native also earned recognition as a First Team Atlantic League All-Star at season’s end. Paniagua, 31, began his pro career in the Boston Red Sox organization and also saw time in the New York Mets farm system, reaching the Double-A level with both clubs.
Battle joined the Revs on July 18 of last season, appearing in 42 games with York. Of his 27 hits, nine went for extra bases, including the first inside-the-park home run in Revolution history, a three-run round-tripper on August 20 vs. Lancaster. Among his other highlights, Battle ripped a walk-off double and drove in four runs in a game against Bridgeport four days earlier. A third round pick of the New York Yankees in 2003, Battle spent six seasons in the Yankees organization. His most productive season came in 2005 with Charleston, belting 16 home runs and stealing 40 bases.
Jones’ rights were acquired from Sioux Falls of the American Association, where the left-handed hitter batted .270 with six home runs and 47 RBI last season. Two years earlier, Jones piled up a .326 average with 14 long balls for Kansas City of the American Association. The Panama City, FL native appeared in 57 Atlantic League games for Lancaster in 2011, batting .268 with four home runs. A 24th round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves in 2003, Jones has played in 51 Major League games with the Braves from 2007-2009. His longest big league stint came in 2008 when he saw the field in 41 contests, batting .267 with a home run and 17 RBI.
The club plans to announce its next crop of player signings on Friday, February 13 at 4 p.m., live and exclusively on the next edition of “Revs Hot Stove Weekly” on WOYK. The show can also be heard online at WOYK1350.com and on the WOYK mobile apps.