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.