Williamson, Perez & Vaughan returning to Revolution
Three key contributors to the success of the York Revolution in recent years are all set to make their return to the club this season. Left-handed starter Logan Williamson and right-handed reliever Beau Vaughan both return to the pitching staff, while infielder Andres Perez, one of the top run producers in club history, returns for the first time since the 2013 season. The signings were first announced by Revs manager Mark Mason this afternoon exclusively on “Revs Hot Stove Weekly” on SportsRadio 1350 WOYK-AM.
Williamson enjoyed a standout 2014 season, flirting with the Revs single-season ERA record. The southpaw joined York in mid-June, and posted a 2.72 ERA despite a 6-7 record in 20 starts, with the Revs going 12-8 in those starting nods. His ERA came within a percentage point of the club record of 2.71 set by Ryan Feierabend in 2012 and would have ranked as the third-lowest in the Atlantic League with enough innings to qualify, as his season total of 109.1 innings came just 2.2 innings shy of the required mark. The Pensacola, FL native allowed two earned runs or fewer in 14 consecutive starts from June 18-August 24, and concluded his season in York by spinning seven scoreless innings in Game 4 of the Freedom Division Series against Sugar Land. Williamson went on to pitch for Criollos de Caguas in the Puerto Rican Winter League after the conclusion of the Atlantic League season.
The 29-year-old Williamson also enjoyed success in the Atlantic League in 2013, going 5-3 with a 3.66 ERA in 31 appearances (12 starts) for Southern Maryland, while spending part of the campaign in the Mexican League. Williamson began his pro career as a 27th round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox in 2004 out of Pensacola (FL) State College.
Perez returns to the Revolution, officially signing with the club after his rights had been acquired from Sioux City of the American Association where he batted .285 in 87 games last year. Perez enjoyed two highly productive seasons with the Revs during his first stint with the team. The New York City native batted .314 with 23 home runs and 86 RBI during the 2012 season, and set a club record with 271 total bases which also led the league. In 2013, Perez batted .290 with 13 home runs and led the league with a team-record 38 doubles. Perez was selected a First Team Atlantic League All-Star second baseman both seasons.
Perez enters the season among the Revs’ all-time leaders in several categories, including eighth in games played (261), sixth in runs (163), seventh in at-bats (1,032), fifth in hits (312), tied for fifth in home runs (36), fourth in extra-base hits (113), second in doubles (73), fifth in RBI (157), tied for fourth in total bases (501), eighth in slugging (.485), and seventh in walks (92).
The 30-year-old began his career in the New York Yankees organization, before first joining the Atlantic League with Newark in 2009. After blasting 17 home runs in 64 games, he earned a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers before returning to the Atlantic League with Bridgeport in 2011. Perez enters his ninth professional season in 2015.
Vaughan begins his third season in a Revolution uniform in 2015. A key member of a bullpen that posted the lowest ERA in club history last season, Vaughan tied a team record for relief wins, going 8-3 with a 2.33 ERA in 51 appearances including three spot starts. He allowed just 49 hits over 77.1 innings, holding opponents to a .176 average, while walking only 15 compared to 56 strikeouts. The 11-year-pro is 44-30 with a 3.50 ERA over his career, including a 15-5 mark with a 3.02 ERA during his time in the Atlantic League, having also pitched for Lancaster and Southern Maryland. The 33-year-old was a third-round pick of the Boston Red Sox out of Arizona State University in 2003, and has pitched at the Triple-A level in the Red Sox, Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics organizations.
The Revolution will announce three more signings next Friday, and will continue to unveil its player signings every Friday at 4 p.m., live and exclusively on “Revs Hot Stove Weekly” on WOYK. The show can also be heard online at WOYK1350.com and on the WOYK mobile apps.