Revolution sign outfielder Yeicok Calderon
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.
To make room for Calderon on the roster, the Revolution has released infielder Steve Proscia. Proscia batted .194 (14-72) with two doubles in 19 games with York. He struck out 23 times and walked just three times in the span.