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Espinosa, Harris & newcomer Teufel bring Revolution preseason roster to 16

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The York Revolution have finalized three more player signings to the 2015 preseason roster, as catcher Alberto Espinosa and lefty reliever Joe Harris return to the squad, while adding fellow southpaw Shawn Teufel to the bullpen. The signings were first announced by Revs manager Mark Mason this afternoon exclusively on “Revs Hot Stove Weekly” on SportsRadio 1350 WOYK-AM.

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Coach on the field: Catcher Alberto Espinosa will return to his part-time playing, full-time awesome teammate role for the Revolution in 2015.  In addition to handling the entire pitching staff in the bullpen, it wasn’t rare to see him step in and toss batting practice as well. 

Espinosa enters his second season with York after appearing in 49 games for the Revs last season including 46 starts behind the plate, second most on the club. The Miami native finished with a .210 average, but batted at a .252 clip from May 31-forward. Espinosa heated up, recording hits in six of seven games from May 31 through June 22, going 10-for-27 (.370) on that stretch, including a streak of three consecutive multi-hit games. The 28-year-old was a 15th round draft choice of the Kansas City Royals in 2008, and following a pair of seasons in the K.C. organization, spent the next three years in the American Association where he combined to bat .263 with 19 home runs for six different clubs before transitioning to the Atlantic League with York last season.

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Reading, PA-area native Joe Harris returns to York after finishing last season with the Revolution. That followed a successful four-year run out of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks bullpen in the American Association.

Harris joined the Revs late last season, appearing in seven games out of the York bullpen where he allowed just two runs, both in his first appearance, posting a 2.84 ERA over 6.1 innings. Harris also worked three scoreless outings in the postseason, surrendering just one hit in 2.1 innings in the Division Series. Including the playoffs, each of his nine appearances following his Revs debut were scoreless. The 6’3 southpaw’s rights were acquired from Fargo-Moorhead of the American Association in exchange for a player to be named later.

Harris originally signed with Fargo-Moorhead out of Wilmington (DE) College in 2011, spending his first four seasons in North Dakota. The 28-year-old went 10-3 with six saves and a 1.55 ERA in 2013 and was 4-3 with a 2.38 ERA last season before being acquired by the Revs in September. Harris is 18-13 with a 2.43 ERA in 167 career appearances, all but two of which have come in relief.

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Shawn Teufel, pitching for the Toledo Mud Hens in 2011. His father, then-Buffalo Bisons manager Tim Teufel is in the background. The “Teufel Scuffle,” as it was called, went to Toledo 4-0 thanks to Shawn striking out seven in six shutout innings.

Teufel signs with York after making his Atlantic League debut with Camden last season. Finishing the year with an overall mark of 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 46 appearances, Teufel was often used in matchup situations where he held left-handed hitters to a composite average in the low .200s. The 28-year-old was excellent in the second half of the season; from July 12-on, he allowed just five earned runs on nine hits in 15.2 innings over 30 appearances, including a scoreless streak of 17 consecutive outings from July 12 through August 21.

The son of former Twins, Mets, and Padres infielder and current Mets third base coach, Tim Teufel, Shawn was originally selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 25th round of the 2010 draft out of Liberty (VA) University. Used as a long reliever and starter early in his career, Teufel combined to post a 2.57 ERA at three levels in his first season, and enjoyed a solid 2011 at High-A Lakeland, going 4-5 with a 3.78 ERA while earning his first bump to the Triple-A level with Toledo where he earned a victory with six scoreless innings in his lone start. Teufel made two more Triple-A starts the following year while spending the bulk of the season in Lakeland, before signing with the New York Mets organization for the 2013 season.

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.

-Darrell Henry

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