Garcia, Neil & Paredes the latest to be #AllAboard for 2015
The York Revolution 2015 preseason roster continues to take shape, with three more player signings made official today. Infielder Travis Garcia, right-handed starter Matt Neil, and lefty reliever Edward Paredes are all set to return to York for the upcoming season as the latest three to re-sign with the club. The signings were first announced by Revs manager Mark Mason this afternoon exclusively on “Revs Hot Stove Weekly” on SportsRadio 1350 WOYK-AM.
Garcia returned from an injury that robbed him of the previous season, becoming an everyday player for the Revs during his first year in York in 2014. The 11-year-pro made the bulk of the team’s starts at third base, while also making 17 starts at shortstop and four more at first base. Garcia finished the year with a .256 average, 14 home runs, and 61 RBI in 118 games played. Regaining his form as a middle-of-the-order producer, Garcia enjoyed a 36-game stretch from June 9 through July 24 during which he batted .405 (53-131) with seven homers and 24 RBI, including a spurt of four homers in six games, June 27-July 2. Also among his highlights was a late-season RBI surge, tallying 17 runs batted in over an 18-game stretch, August 26-September 14.
With York, Garcia not only returned to the Atlantic League but also reunited with his former Frontier League manager, signing to play for Mason. The 2007 Frontier League Player of the Year with Chillicothe, Garcia spent four years on that circuit as a young player before being dealt to the Atlantic League with Southern Maryland in 2008. Garcia became one of the Atlantic League’s most feared sluggers while spending parts of five years in Waldorf, MD, and enters the 2015 season a career .280 hitter with 73 home runs and 290 RBI in 448 Atlantic League games. Garcia has blasted a total of 155 home runs during the course of his pro career.
The 32-year-old Garcia earned a contract with the Seattle Mariners during the 2009 season, and began his career in the New York Mets organization after being selected in the 21st round of the 2003 draft out of Iona College.
Neil heads back to York where he impressed in just three starts last season. Originally signed to a preseason contract with York, Neil earned a spot in the Tampa Bay Rays organization to begin the 2014 campaign before eventually joining the Revs in late May. Over his three starts with the Revolution, Neil went 2-0 with a 1.47 ERA, including a brilliant complete game win, the first of his career, on June 3 at Somerset during which he fired 74 of 94 pitches for strikes. Originally a 29th-round draft pick of the Miami Marlins out of Brigham Young University in 2011, the 6’6 righty is 20-17 with a 3.79 ERA over four pro seasons. The 28-year-old ascended to Triple-A New Orleans in 2013, going 3-3 with a 4.47 ERA in 10 appearances (eight starts) in the Pacific Coast League. For his career, Neil has averaged just 1.8 walks issued per nine innings.
Paredes returns as one of the top left-handed relievers in the Atlantic League. Entering his third season with York, Paredes has combined to go 5-5 with a 2.79 ERA for the Revs including a 2.70 mark in 43 appearances last season. Nearly unhittable in the second half, Paredes allowed just one run in 26.2 innings over his final 21 appearances from July 12-on, and retired 23 consecutive hitters at one point, July 29-August 11. The Dominican Republic native began his career in the Seattle Mariners organization after signing in 2005, reaching Triple-A Tacoma in parts of three years while also spending time in the Cleveland Indians organization.
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.
The Revs will open the 2015 season, their ninth season of play as a franchise, at home against the Long Island Ducks on Friday, April 24.