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Wilson Valdez becomes Revolution all-time stolen base leader

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With a ninth inning steal of second at Lancaster on June 22, Wilson Valdez stole his 15th base of 2015.  Paired with the 55 he stole in 2014, setting a York Revolution single-season record, he’s now York’s all-time leader in steals.

Valdez’s 55 a season ago also marked the first time a Rev led the Atlantic League in a stolen bases. His 70 steals as of 6/22 surpassed Scott Grimes’ total of 69 set between 2010 and 2012 with the Revs.

An expanded and updated list of all-time Revolution stolen base leaders is after the jump:

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Lefty Frank Gailey added to Revs bullpen

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After the release of left-handed pitchers Shawn Teuful and Joe Harris following a loss at Lancaster June 20, the Revolution bullpen is complete again after the signing of RHP Santo Manzanillo and LHP Frank Gailey.

Gailey joins York in his ninth professional season, spent in the Phillies, Blue Jays and Athletics organizations.  Gailey was also on the roster of Double-A Bowie with the Orioles this season, but did not appear in a game.

The 29-year-old southpaw and Philadelphia native was drafted by Toronto in 2007 and has appeared in 293 professional games, 124 of which have been at the Double-A level.  In 477 career innings pitched, Gailey holds a very solid 2.92 ERA and good strikeout numbers, with 449 punchouts and just 120 walks.  The last two seasons he’s appeared in 39 games (62 IP) and 40 games (52 IP) as a long reliever out of Double-A Midland’s bullpen in Oakland’s system.

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RHP Santo Manzanillo signed

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After right-hander Brad Bergesen was forced to leave the game June 18 at home against SOMD mid-at-bat with what appeared to be a serious injury to his pitching arm, he’s been replaced in the Revolution bullpen.

Santo Manzanillo is now under contract, who spent the first seven seasons of his career in the Milwaukee Brewers organization, and last season with the Joliet Slammers in the Frontier League.

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Power-hitting 1B/OF Telvin Nash added to roster

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The Revolution has signed a middle of the order right-handed power bat in Telvin Nash, who has impressive home run numbers in his seven professional seasons.  He’s smacked 102 home runs since his professional debut in 2009, with his best output coming at A-Advanced Lancaster in the California League in 2012, when he hit 29 homers and drove in 75 runs in 106 games, all career-highs.

Selected by the Houston Astros in the third round (100th overall) of the 2009 draft, Nash, 24, had spent his entire career to this point with that organization.  He began this season at Double-A Corpus Christi in the Texas League, where he was off to another fast start production-wise.  In 30 games this year, Nash already had seven homers and 27 RBI, which put him on a pace to hit 33 and drive in 128 for the season.  Nash also had a strong first season in Double-A in 2014, when he hit 22 homers and drove in 49 runs in 84 games.

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Johan Limonta released by Revolution

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The York Revolution has announced the release of outfielder/first baseman Johan Limonta, who played in parts of four seasons with the Revs.  He was batting just .209 in 43 games this season for York, with four home runs and 11 RBI.

Unfortunately, it’s the second time this season one of the most accomplished and popular players in Revolution history was released.  It’s yet another demonstration however that Manager Mark Mason is serious about re-tooling his roster to make a run at a second half division title, as one of the worst halves in Revolution history comes to a close.  The clubhouse is certainly getting younger as some respected veterans have been involved in some tough decisions of late.  As was the case with Corey Thurman’s release, it’s strictly based on numbers, as like Thurman, Limonta was certainly beloved by fans and respected greatly by his teammates.

It’s surprising when you look back on it, but Limonta never played a full season with York, despite donning a Revs uniform in every season since 2012.  He joined the Revolution for the final 39 games and playoffs that season after beginning the year at Triple-A Tacoma in the Mariners system and after a stint with Mexico City in the Mexican League.  In 2013 Limonta began the season in York, staying just 16 games before his contract was purchased by the Padres, where he finished the season playing in 73 games for Double-A San Antonio.  Coincidentally, Limonta hit the first Revolution home run in 2013, and the last homer of San Antonio’s season, a grand slam which wound up as the winning hit in Game 5 of the Texas League Championship Series, delivering San Antonio the title.

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Revolution sign outfielder Yeicok Calderon

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After having some immediate success with Nick Ferdinand, the Revolution has signed another young outfielder, one who is even two years younger than Ferdinand.  Yeicok Calderon is now under contract, and while it’s unusual to have many players on an Atlantic League club without at least Double-A experience, the Revs are hoping they can find another diamond in Calderon as they did Ferdinand, despite him also not having playing experience above High-A.

As a disappointing first half winds down for York, it’s clear Manager Mark Mason is re-tooling his position player group and attempting to get younger, in an effort to put together what basically will amount to a brand new and more potent lineup to chase a second-half playoff berth.

Calderon, 23, is in his fifth pro season, spending the first four in the New York Yankees organization.  The Domincan Republic native and lefty bat signed with the Yankees in 2011 as an international free agent and made his pro debut that year.  Calderon played a career-high 109 games in 2013 between Class A stops Staten Island (New York-Penn League) and Charleston (South Atlantic League), hitting 15 home runs with 66 RBI combined with both clubs.  Last season he hit .318 (3 HR, 15 RBI) in 24 games with Charleston before being moved up to High-A Tampa (Florida State League) for 33 games, where he added two more homers and 16 RBI to his resume.  Calderon has 34 homers and 144 RBI in 250 career pro games.

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Rommie Lewis throws first complete game in 12 years; Revs play quickest nine inning home game ever

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When it was announced in preseason camp lefty Rommie Lewis would be a starter for the Revolution, perhaps it raised a few eyebrows.  After all, Lewis had found much success as a reliever, pitching in 20 Major League games out of Toronto’s bullpen in 2010 and 2011; his last season as a full-time starter being 2003 at High-A Frederick in Baltimore’s system.  Last season, Lewis saved 28 games for York, setting the Revolution single-season record for saves and becoming the all-time franchise save leader in the process.

If the decision wasn’t already validated by Lewis’s 2.65 ERA in his first seven starts, it certainly was on June 7 when Lewis tossed his first complete game in 12 years since that 2003 season with Frederick, his third as a pro.  (7/3/03 at Winston-Salem.)

That game in the Carolina League was not a complete-game shutout however, which is what Lewis did on a Sunday evening for York.  Needing just 106 pitches to conquer the Lancaster Barnstormers in a 3-0 victory, Lewis tossed the sixth complete game shutout in Revolution history, joining Chris Steinborn, Shaun Garceau, Lorenzo Barcelo, Chris Waters and Chris Cody.  He scattered just five hits, with a lone walk.  Lewis struck out four, with two of them coming in a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

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Andres Perez now Revolution all-time doubles leader

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With an eighth inning gapper to right-center in a 3-0 home win over Lancaster on June 7, his 11th double of the season, Andres Perez became the Revolution all-time leader in doubles in his third season with the club.

It was the 83rd two-base hit in a York uniform for Perez, surpassing Ramon Castro.  Perez stroked 35 and 38 doubles in 2012 and 2013 respectively, before playing the 2014 season with the Sioux City Explorers of the American Association.

In his return to York, Perez now sits atop a list rife with Revolution all-time greats; an expanded and updated list of franchise doubles leaders is after the jump:

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Infielder/outfielder Starlin Rodriguez added to roster

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After suffering a tear in his quad during the last road trip, 2B/OF Eric Patterson is officially inactive, and will miss 10 to 14 days with the injury.  To take his place on the roster, the Revolution has added another new face, Starlin Rodriguez.  Like Patterson, Rodriguez has also been an infielder and corner outfielder during his career.

Rodriguez, in his sixth professional season, ended last year and begin this season at Double-A Springfield (MO) in the St. Louis Cardinals organization.  The 25-year-old native of the Dominican Republic enjoyed his best professional season in 2012 at A-Advanced Palm Beach, where the switch-hitter batted .300 with eight home runs and 48 RBI in 114 games, all career-highs.  Rodriguez was signed by St. Louis as an international free agent and turned pro in 2010.

-Paul Braverman


Stephen Penney becomes all-time Revolution appearances leader

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Stephen Penney has made many, many more relief appearances for the Revolution than what he’s indicating here. And he’s now the all-time franchise leader in games pitched for starters or relievers.

When Stephen Penney pitched the eighth inning of an 8-7, 13-inning loss to Sugar Land at home on June 6, it was his 182nd regular season appearance with the York Revolution, in his fourth season with the club.  That number is the most by a pitcher in franchise history, as Penney passes Corey Thurman who made 180 starts and one relief appearance.

Penney, 28, who as of June 6 sported a miniscule 1.05 ERA in 18 games and 17 innings this season, has just a 2.81 career ERA in 173.2 innings pitched with York since 2012.  His strikeout to walk ratio during his Revolution career is nearly 4:1 (319 K, 84 BB).

An expanded and updated list of all-time Revolution appearance leaders is after the jump:

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Nick Ferdinand crushes walk-off homer hours after signing with Revolution

“Welcome to the Revs kid,” indeed.

The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the York Nine on this day, with a scoreless streak of nearly 39 innings, they had still two innings more to play.  Then a bunch of home runs happened.

One of the uglier stretches of baseball in York Revolution history came to an exhilarating end via one of the most memorable moments in franchise history on Friday, June 5 at Santander Stadium. 25-year-old Nick Ferdinand, playing left field in his first game with the Revolution, smoked a 1-1 Cory VanAllen pitch over the big wall in left to deliver the first walk-off victory of 2015 for York, 4-3. Ferdinand had officially signed his contract just hours earlier before being inserted into the lineup as the nine-hole hitter.

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Revs sign outfielder Nick Ferdinand

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25-year-old outfielder and Bensalem, Pennsylvania native Nick Ferdinand is now under contract with the Revolution.

Ferdinand was drafted by the Phillies following a star-studded collegiate career at the University of Delaware, where he hit .330 in three seasons.  His senior season at UD in 2013 he batted .362 with 15 home runs and 61 RBI.  Ferdinand’s production at Delaware rose all three years he was there, driving in 30 and 47 runs in 2011 and 2012.

The third-year pro spent the rest of 2013 with the Phillies in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, and spent time last season at Class A Lakewood in the South Atlantic League and A-Advanced Clearwater in the Florida State League.

To make room for Ferdinand, York has released outfielder Willie Cabrera.  In 21 games with the Revs, Cabrera batted .203 with five RBI.  His lone extra-base hit was a double.

-Paul Braverman


Ian Thomas becomes first former Rev to play for two MLB teams

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Ian Thomas in action with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the first time on June 2 at Coors Field in Denver. Thomas pitched three innings in game one of a doubleheader against the Colorado Rockies.

MLB rules stipulate that when teams play a doubleheader, each club may carry a 26th player for that day only.  That player is almost always a pitcher, for the obvious reason of managers not wanting to stretch a pitching staff too thin.  For the Dodgers doubleheader at Colorado on June 2, they called up former Revolution LHP Ian Thomas (’12) as their 26th player.

Dodgers reliever Juan Nicaso made the spot start against the Rockies in the early game, but was only slated to pitch two innings, with Thomas coming in immediately after.  Thomas pitched the third through fifth innings, his first appearance for Los Angeles since the Dodgers traded for him off the Braves’ Major League roster on May 27 as part of the Juan Uribe-Alberto Callaspo deal.  Thomas was immediately sent to Triple-A Oklahoma City following the trade, where he had made just one appearance, two and a third innings at Salt Lake on May 28.  He hadn’t pitched since, in preparation for him being the second man out in game one of the double-header.

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