Pitchers Hill & DeMark return to York, catcher De La Cruz added
The York Revolution have announced three more additions to the 2015 preseason roster, as starting pitcher Shawn Hill and reliever Mike DeMark have both signed to return, along with catcher Luis De La Cruz. 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.
Hill has already made his mark in Revolution history. The right-hander joined York early in the 2012 season, and after a pair of relief outings, moved to the rotation where he made five consecutive scoreless starts, tallying a team record scoreless streak of 27.2 innings before earning a contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. After going 9-2 with Triple-A Las Vegas, Hill earned a late season promotion to the Majors where he earned a win in relief in his lone appearance, becoming the first Revs alum to earn a big league victory. The 33-year-old is a veteran of seven MLB seasons with Montreal, Washington, San Diego and Toronto, totaling 10 wins and a 4.69 ERA at the Major League level. Having pitched at the Triple-A level in the Tigers, Blue Jays, and White Sox organizations the last two seasons, Hill is 64-55 with a 3.69 ERA over his minor league career. He had signed with York last preseason before being offered a contract by the Blue Jays, as the Mississauga, Ontario native returned to his home-Provence organization.
DeMark has also enjoyed considerable success in a Revolution uniform. The righty reliever first joined York at the outset of the 2011 season and posted a 2.61 ERA in 13 relief outings, quickly earning a contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. DeMark was even more dominant at Double-A Mobile, going 3-2 with 15 saves and a 1.85 ERA, earning a bump to Triple-A Reno where he then spent all of 2012. After a season in the Oakland A’s organization in 2013, the 31-year-old returned to the Atlantic League with Somerset last season, and owned a 1.55 ERA and a .155 opponents average through August 2. DeMark signed with York last September, and was solid again down the stretch, allowing only an unearned run on three hits over six innings in his six appearances with York, walking just one and striking out seven. The Jeannette, PA native began his career in the Frontier League in 2006 before signing with the San Diego Padres where he spent four seasons, ascending to Triple-A Portland in 2009 and 2010.
De La Cruz is the newcomer of the group, making his Atlantic League debut. The 25-year-old backstop spent his first six seasons in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, signing out of his native Dominican Republic in 2007. Solid behind the plate, De La Cruz threw out 38.5% of attempted base stealers in 2008, 33% in 2009, 31% in 2010, and 36.7% in 2011. His best season at the plate came in 2012 when he batted .302 for Palm Beach, also making his Triple-A debut that season. De La Cruz also spent time in the Atlanta Braves organization in 2013.
The Revolution now have 27 players under contract for the 2015 season, and are expected to announce more additions next Friday at 4 p.m., live and exclusively on the spring’s final episode of “Revs Hot Stove Weekly” on WOYK, prior to the start of Atlantic League spring training. 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.