It’s a rather amazing statistic, but exactly a quarter of the way through their ninth season as a franchise, the York Revolution have finally played in the 15th inning, after a 4-3 victory at Long Island on May 31. It’s an anomaly to make it through a single season without one game that long, let alone eight full seasons.
Adding to the intrigue was Sean Smith’s solo home run to put York ahead in the top of the 15th, which is no big deal except for the fact it was his first homer since…this one in last year’s postseason and the grueling rehab that came after it. Josh Judy then entered for a tidy three up, three down 15th for the save, his seventh in as many opportunities. The Revs used eight pitchers in the game, one short of tying a team record.
The Revolution had played 14-inning games five times previously (all losses), four of which were on the road. The longest game innings-wise in Santander Stadium history remains a 7-4 loss to Somerset on May 6, 2013. The 5/31 win over Long Island lasted four hours and 35 minutes, making it just the sixth-longest time-wise in franchise history. That honor still belongs to the four hour, 57 minute, 14-inning marathon at Bridgeport on August 3, 2010, a 6-5 Revolution loss.
The Revolution has signed right-handed reliever Nick Mutz, after he began this season at High-A with Lake Elsinore of the California League, in the San Diego Padres organization.
Mutz enjoyed his best professional season in 2014, when he appeared in 46 games at Class A Fort Wayne and struck out 51 batters in 51 innings pitched, posting a 2.29 ERA. He walked only 15 in that time, and picked up nine saves. Mutz, 24, was a ninth round draft pick by the Angels in 2011 and made his professional debut that year. 2015 is his fifth pro season.
Former Revolution reliever Ian Thomas (’12), who was recalled by the Atlanta Braves from Triple-A Gwinnett for the second time this season on May 22, is on the move again. This time though, he’ll be traveling a little further than within Georgia.
Thomas has been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers along with infielder Alberto Callaspo, and pitchers Eric Stults and Juan Jaime. In return the Dodgers are sending infielder Juan Uribe to Atlanta along with reliever Chris Withrow. The swap of veteran infielders is the headliner, with the pitchers providing the dressing on this six-player deal.
Thomas’s time with the Braves comes to an end having pitched in 21 Major League games over two seasons. After making the Braves big league roster last season out of spring training, pitching on opening day, and whiffing Bryce Harper for his first MLB strikeout, Thomas went back and forth twice to Triple-A. In 16 big league games last season, he struck out an impressive 13 in just 10.2 innings of work as a match-up lefty. After beginning this season in the minors, in his two call-ups he’s pitched in five games for the Braves, striking out five in 5.1 innings, holding opposing batters to just a .222 average. In 16 Major League innings, Thomas has allowed just one home run, struck out 18 and posted a 3.94 ERA. Opponents have hit .241 against him as a big leaguer.
This is the official press release from the Revolution regarding the transaction:
With Atlantic League rosters needing to be reduced to 25 active players on June 1, the York Revolution has released starting pitcher Corey Thurman. The transaction concludes the tenure of easily the most decorated player in franchise history. Thurman has 66 Atlantic League wins, all with the Revolution, placing him second on the league’s all-time win list.
Thurman, 36, first came to York for the 2008 season. Going 11-9 that year, he posted his first of four double-digit win seasons with the Revs. Thurman’s best two-season run came in 2011 and 2012, when he went a combined 27-6 those years, with a 3.58 ERA. Thurman was 66-50 career with York.
“Every decision we make with regards to our roster is a difficult one,” said Revolution Field Manager Mark Mason. “This decision was obviously the toughest, knowing how important Thurm is to our fans, our area, and to the history of this franchise. He’s a great competitor and has been a tremendous pitcher in in the Atlantic League,” Mason continued.
“Throughout my tenure here as pitching coach and manager, his contributions as a pitcher were obvious. The real intangibles; his work with young baseball players in York County, the joy he gave fans, and the way he motivated and cared about his teammates is what we’ll miss about him most,” said Mason.
RHP Julio DePaula’s return to York wound up being short-lived, as his contract has been purchased by the Tijuana Toros of the Mexican League. In nine games this year with the Revolution, he threw nine and a third innings, allowing 10 hits and four earned runs to go with nine strikeouts and three walks. He converted two saves.
Right-hander Brad Bergesen has been signed in DePaula’s place. Bergesen, who has pitched in four Major League seasons between 2009 and 2012 with Baltimore and Arizona, has 102 MLB appearances, and 59 starts. He will be a reliever with the Revs, at least to begin.
Another new face has been added to the Revolution roster, as the Atlantic League nears the June 1 cut-down to 25 active players. The rights to outfielder Shannon Wilkerson were acquired on May 19 from the St. Paul Saints of the American Association for a player to be named later. Wilkerson was officially signed on May 22.
A seventh-year pro, Wilkerson had spent his entire career in the Boston Red Sox organization, drafted in the eighth round in 2009. He ascended as high as Triple-A Pawtucket last season for 25 games, spending the majority of the past three years at Double-A Portland. Last season, Wilkerson appeared in a career-high 130 games between Pawtucket and Portland, and drove in a career-high 49 runs combined in both stops. He bats right-handed; his only Major League time with the Red Sox came in spring training games.
On May 17, the Revolution acquired the rights to infielder Steve Proscia from the New Jersey Jackals of the Can-Am League, in exchange for a player to be named later. He was officially signed on May 20. Proscia, who will turn 25 this season, is a fifth-year pro out of the University of Virginia. He has played both first and third base as a professional.
Drafted in the seventh round by the Mariners in 2011 as a junior, Proscia immediately began at A-Advanced High Desert in the California League, after a star-studded career at UVa. In three NCAA seasons, Proscia batted .322 in 196 games, with 28 home runs and 128 RBI. His professional debut was more of the same, hitting .303 with 12 homers and 42 batted in 44 games to end 2011.
Revolution suffer first 4-game sweep at home in franchise history, historical struggles vs. SOMD continue
When it comes to the ebb and flow of a long baseball season, this might be the most ebby and flowy first 17 games the Revolution have had in their history. Just days after completing the first ever road sweep of Lancaster, a 5-1 loss to Southern Maryland on May 11 marked the first time York has been swept at home in a four-game series in their nine seasons. It’s pretty remarkable it took this long, not that that would come as any consolation at the moment. It is a familiar feeling of despair with the Blue Crabs involved however; despite the names changing over the years, facing that club has usually not yielded positive results for the Revolution.
You can always paint stories of minor league perseverance into the mosaic of baseball in this country, right next to your apple pie and Chevrolet. A footnote transaction in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization the second week of May has significant meaning to the Atlantic League and the Revolution.
33-year-old 1B/3B/OF Brian Burgamy, who will turn 34 next month, was moved from Double-A Tulsa by the Dodgers to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday, the first time the veteran of 14 professional seasons reached that level. Burgamy was drafted by the Padres in the ninth round (265th overall) in 2002 out of Wichita State.
Burgamy reached Double-A with the Padres and Phillies, before playing in six Atlantic League seasons between 2008 and 2013, including 43 games with the Revolution in 2013 before he departed to Campeche of the Mexican League after posting a .345 average with nine home runs and 35 RBI. Prior to the 2014 season, he inked a minor league deal with the Mets, spending the entire season at Double-A Binghamton, where he hit .276 with 23 homers and 76 RBI in 121 games, and won Eastern League Player of the Week honors twice. With Burgamy’s veteran presence playing a key role, Binghamton captured the Eastern League Championship.
The five-game losing streak which made the Revolution 3-7 following the season-opening homestand is a distant memory now.
A 5-2 victory at Lancaster on May 7, along with 5-3 and 6-1 triumphs the previous nights, gave York it’s first ever sweep of their cross-river rivals at Clipper Magazine Stadium. Now leading this year’s War of The Roses series 5-2, the Revs improved to 89-74 all-time against the ‘Stormers. (92-79 including postseason games.)
By our count, when LHP Shawn Teuful signed with the Revolution prior to this season, he became the 18th Rev past and present who had a blood or close relative that played Major League Baseball. In five cases, both the relative and the Rev played in the Majors. The list:
OF Erold Andrus (2010): Brother of Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus.
OF Steve Bumbry (2014): Son of longtime Orioles outfielder and coach Al Bumbry, who was also a coach for the Revolution in 2007.
OF Edgard Clemente (2008): Nephew of Hall-of-Famer Roberto Clemente. Edgard appeared in 114 MLB games between 1998 and 2000 with the Rockies and Angels.
2B Jose Enrique Cruz (2008): Nephew of longtime MLB outfielder Jose Cruz, cousin of his son, 12-season MLB outfielder Jose Cruz Jr.
3B Jake Daubert (2008): Daubert’s great, great grandfather, also Jake Daubert, played first base in the Majors for 15 seasons, from 1910 to 1924 for the Brooklyn Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds. The elder Daubert died at 40 immediately after his final season on October 9, 1924, after the Reds’ season had ended just days earlier on September 28. (more…)
When RHP Julio DePaula re-signed with York after his brief MLB cameo with the Orioles last season, he became the ninth player to appear for the Revolution one season removed from being on a Major League roster. The situation did not occur last season. The current list:
2007: Pitcher Wayne Franklin, with the Braves in 2006
2008: Pitcher Aaron Rakers, with the Orioles in 2007
2008: Infielder Shea Hillenbrand, with the Dodgers and Angels in 2007
2009: Pitcher Rick Bauer, with the Indians in 2008
2009: Pitcher Chris Britton, with the Yankees in 2008
2012: Infielder Joe Thurston, with the Marlins in 2011
2013: Outfielder Jason Repko, with the Red Sox in 2012
2013: Outfielder Tyler Graham, with the Diamondbacks in 2012
2015: Pitcher Julio DePaula, with the Orioles in 2014
A fun thing for Oriole fans is planned for the Revolution game on Saturday, May 9; Baltimore Sun Orioles and national baseball reporter Dan Connolly, a York resident, will be on-hand signing copies of his new book, 100 Things Orioles Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase ($15) at a table on the concourse before and during the game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, a 6:30 p.m. first pitch. Gates open for the game at 5:30.
The long, strange journey of Julio DePaula has circled back to York. A recap:
- 2007: Makes MLB debut pitching in 16 games out of Minnesota Twins bullpen.
- 2010: Pitches for Hanwha in the Korean Baseball Organization.
- 2013: 50 appearances out of Revolution bullpen (2.89 ERA in 56 IP).
- 2014: Begins season with Revolution, appears in 28 games (2.48 ERA in 29 IP, 30 K, only 8 BB).
- June 26, 2014: DePaula’s Atlantic League contract purchased by Baltimore Orioles, assigned to Double-A Bowie of Eastern League.
- July 7, 2014: DePaula’s contract selected from Bowie by Baltimore. He joined the Orioles in Washington for that night’s game, but would not see any action. Nevertheless, the 11-day ascent from the Revolution to a Major League roster set a franchise record. DePaula completed a seven-year MLB comeback.
- July 8, 2014: Assigned back to Bowie by the Orioles. (Would pitch in 21 total games for them, 43 strikeouts and just 13 walks in 38 innings, three saves.)
- November 24, 2014: Signs as a free agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks. (Assigned to Triple-A Reno during spring training.)
- May 1, 2015: Signs with York Revolution following release by Dbacks.