Limonta returning to Revs, York County native Lerew is back, Judy added
The York Revolution 2015 preseason roster continues to take shape, with three more player signings made official today. Outfielder / first baseman Johan Limonta, right-handed starter Anthony Lerew, and righty reliever Josh Judy 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.
Limonta returns for a fourth season with the Revolution in 2015. The 31-year-old first joined the Revs in August, 2012, helping push York to a second half division crown. After returning to play in 16 games with York at the beginning of the 2013 season, Limonta earned a contract with the San Diego Padres where he spent the remainder of the season at Double-A San Antonio, helping the Missions to a Texas League title, punctuated with a grand slam from Limonta in the clincher. Limonta spent the majority of last season with York, batting .302 with seven home runs and 58 RBI in 88 games in addition to a midseason stint in the Mexican League with Campeche. Among his 2014 highlights, Limonta tied a Revs club record for RBI in a single month with 32 in May and delivered a walk-off base hit in the tenth inning of York’s 3-2 victory over Sugar Land in Game 3 of the Division Series.
After defecting to the United States, the Havana, Cuba native began his pro career in the Seattle Mariners organization as a 20th-round draft pick in 2006. Limonta spent his first seven seasons in the Mariners farm system, reaching Triple-A Tacoma where he batted .319 with 14 home runs in 2011. Limonta enters the season a career .289 hitter, with a .294 lifetime average in 143 games with York.
Lerew returns after beginning the 2014 season with the Revs, before earning a contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim where he spent the remainder of the year at Triple-A Salt Lake. With York, Lerew went 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA over five starts and led the Atlantic League with 24 strikeouts in 24.0 innings at the time of his signing with L.A.
The Dillsburg, PA native has appeared in 20 big league games (11 starts) over parts of five seasons (2005-07, 2009-10) with the Atlanta Braves and Kansas City Royals. The Northern York High School product was originally an 11th round draft pick of Atlanta in 2001 and spent three seasons pitching in Japan and Korea before returning to the U.S. and signing with his home county team to begin last season in York. The 32-year-old enters his 14th pro season, and is 84-74 with a 3.62 ERA over his minor league career.
Judy also went from York to the Angels organization, earning a contract early in the 2013 season after appearing in four games out of the Revolution bullpen to start the year. Judy earned one win and allowed just one run in four innings with York before spending the rest of the season with Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Salt Lake. Judy parlayed his time with the Angels into a spot in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization last season, appearing in 23 games with Triple-A Albuquerque. The 29-year-old was originally selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 34th round of the 2007 draft, ascending to the big leagues with the Tribe where he appeared in 12 games in 2011. Over his minor league career, the 6’4 righty has gone 34-20 with a 3.82 ERA and 57 saves, including a career-best 23 saves with Triple-A Columbus in 2011.
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.