League triples champ Patterson returning to York, RHP Heckathorn & OF Jackson added
The York Revolution have announced three more player signings to the 2015 preseason roster, re-upping Atlantic League All-Star and Major League veteran Eric Patterson, while adding right-hander Kyle Heckathorn and outfielder Nic Jackson. The signings were first announced by Revs manager and 2014 Atlantic League Manager of the Year Mark Mason this afternoon exclusively on “Revs Hot Stove Weekly” on SportsRadio 1350 WOYK-AM.
Patterson is coming off a standout 2014 campaign during which he obliterated the Atlantic League record for triples with an astounding 17 three-base hits, easily surpassing the previous mark of 13 in one season. An all-around threat, Patterson also set a club record for overall extra-base hits in a season with 67, as he totaled 15 home runs and 35 doubles to go with a .301 average at the plate. His 86 RBI ranked sixth in the league, while his 94 runs scored ranked fourth. Defensively, Patterson committed just seven errors while shifting between second base and left field. The versatile talent earned the start at second base for the Freedom Division in the 2014 Atlantic League All-Star Game, after starting at shortstop in the 2013 classic.
Primarily batting third in York’s everyday lineup last season with the Revs, Patterson was a mainstay in the leadoff spot for the Revs during the 2013 season, his first in York. After batting .275 with 13 home runs in the first half in 2013, Patterson earned a midseason contract with the Milwaukee Brewers where he would spend the remainder of the year. The 31-year-old has spent parts of five seasons in the big leagues with the Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox, and San Diego Padres, and was an eighth round draft pick of Chicago out of Georgia Tech in 2004.
Heckathorn joins the Revs after spending his entire previous career in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. A first round draft pick (47th overall) out of Kennesaw State University in 2009, the 6’6 righty ascended the Brewers farm system as a starter early in his career. Settling into a relief role, the 26-year-old has spent the past two seasons at Triple-A Nashville. He enjoyed a strong 2013 season, going 8-3 with a 3.60 ERA in 48 appearances for the Sounds. Over his career, the Fort Oglethorpe, GA native is 31-33 with a 4.35 ERA in 164 appearances (70 starts).
Jackson returns to the Atlantic League after starring for the past six years with Fargo-Moorhead of the American Association and previously of the Northern League. A teammate and roommate of Patterson’s early in his career, Jackson was a third round draft choice of the Cubs in 2000 out of the University of Richmond, spending six years in the Cubs farm system including a full year at Triple-A Iowa as a 23-year-old in 2003.
Jackson first came to the Atlantic League in 2008 with Camden where he batted .333 with 16 home runs and 20 stolen bases for the Riversharks, while tying for second in the league with 36 doubles. In the six seasons since with Fargo, Jackson has combined to bat .295 with 73 home runs and 106 steals for the RedHawks. The left-handed batter took home Northern League MVP honors in 2009 and American Association MVP accolades in 2012. Combining totals from his 14-year-pro career, the 35-year-old has batted .291 with 139 home runs, 773 RBI, and 235 stolen bases.
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.