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Stephen Penney returning to Revolution, camp roster grows to 30

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“Big Pen” is returning to the Revolution pen for a fourth season. He’s appeared in the most games as a reliever in franchise history.

The York Revolution have announced three last additions to the 2015 preseason roster, highlighted by the return of reliever Stephen Penney.  Second-year catcher Steve Sulcoski also returns to York, while the team adds speedy outfielder Desmond Henry.  The signings were first announced by Revs manager and 2014 Atlantic League Manager of the Year Mark Mason yesterday exclusively on the final preseason episode of “Revs Hot Stove Weekly” on SportsRadio 1350 WOYK-AM.

Penney enters his fourth season with the Revs in 2015 as one of the top relievers in franchise history.  The 6’7 righty has appeared in a Revs relief record 164 contests, just 11 appearances behind Corey Thurman for the club’s all-time overall lead.  The 28-year-old is 10-5 with nine saves and a 2.99 ERA during his time in York, with his 10 victories matching the club’s all-time relief record.  Last season, Penney’s ERA shrunk to 2.32 to go with a 3-2 record, as he authored the longest scoreless streaks by a reliever in team history, going 20.2 innings without allowing a run from June 15 through August 8, and 21 consecutive appearances without a run from June 18 through August 8.  The San Diego native was originally a 29th round draft pick of the Seattle Mariners in 2008 out of UC Riverside, and spent his first four seasons in the Mariners organization, ascending to Double-A Jackson in 2011.  Over his entire career, Penney is 26-13 with 17 saves and a 3.61 ERA.

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Catcher Steve Sulcoski

Sulcoski, 24, appeared in 11 Atlantic League games as a rookie last season, including six with the Revs.  The second-year pro completed his college career at Misericordia University before signing with Rio Grande Valley of the United League, where he batted .304 in 47 games played at catcher and first base.  The Hanover Township, PA native signed with York on August 5, and after appearing in six games with the Revs, landed with the Somerset Patriots where he finished his first professional season.

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Outfielder Desmond Henry

Henry brings plus speed to the Revs, as the 21-year-old embarks on his fifth pro season.  The Los Angeles native was a fourth-round pick of the Texas Rangers out of high school in the 2011 draft, beginning his pro career at age 17, and has spent time at the rookie level in the Rangers and Kansas City Royals organizations.  The outfielder owns 61 hits, 52 runs, and 36 steals in 105 career games, including 20 steals in just 48 games for Burlington in 2013.

The Revolution now have 30 players under contract for the 2015 season as the team is set to begin its Spring Training this week.  The Revs will take the field in front of the home crowd at Santander Stadium for the first time this season in an exhibition against Somerset at Fan Fest presented by WGTY 107.7 on Saturday, April 18 at 2 p.m., and will officially open the 2015 season, their ninth season of play as a franchise, at home against the Long Island Ducks on Friday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are on-sale at YorkRevolution.com, (717) 801-HITS, and at the Apple Chevrolet Ticket Office.

-Darrell Henry

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