The Revolution have added a Major League piece and a left-handed bat to their offense as they near the end of their mid-season rebuild, and try to contend in a jumbled Freedom Division second half race.
Outfielder Jose Constanza has been added, who will likely bat leadoff. A veteran of 112 Major League games with the Atlanta Braves over four seasons (2011-2014), Constanza batted a very solid .273 in the big leagues, including a .303 showing in 42 games in his MLB debut in 2011. Constanza began this season in the Cincinnati Reds organization, playing in 41 games at Triple-A Louisville.
Constanza, 31, was originally signed by the Cleveland Indians as an amateur out of his native Dominican Republic in 2005. He signed as a minor league free agent with the Braves after his original six-year contract with the Indians expired, where he reached Triple-A Columbus in 2010 and hit .319 in 113 games. Constanza is a career .300 hitter in 522 career Triple-A games, predominately with Atlanta’s affiliate in Gwinnett, GA during the four years he spent back and forth from the Majors. He should add quite a bit to the York running game, with a career total of 316 stolen bases upon joining the Revs (MLB and minors combined), in his 11th professional season.
And if you think the photo above is a cool shot, wait until you see the one waiting for you after the jump:
In his third appearance with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the first Major League start for Ian Thomas also made the lefty the first former York Revolution pitcher to start a Major League game. Thomas started July 24 against the Mets in New York, in place of Zack Grienke who was away from the Dodgers on the paternity list, to be with his wife as his first-born arrived.
It was a perfect storm of publicity for the former Revolution reliever (’12), between it being a Friday night, in New York City and subbing for the most dominant pitcher in baseball at the moment. The fact Thomas is with a big market club certainly didn’t hurt either.
In his usual calm and collected manner, the 28-year-old delivered in the spotlight. Over five innings, Thomas held the Mets to just three hits and one earned run, didn’t walk anyone and struck out five. The only run against him was an RBI groundout to second by Mets super-prospect Michael Conforto in the fifth, as last year’s 10th overall draft pick made his Major League debut against Thomas, up right from Double-A. The five Mets Thomas struck out: Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy, Wilmer Flores, Lucas Duda and Danny Muno. For video of those five punch outs and a couple of other highlights, CLICK HERE. That video is narrated by by Charlie Steiner and former Dodgers pitching great (and former Bowling Green Falcon!) Orel Hershiser via the L.A. TV feed. On the Mets broadcast, the Revolution were given a shoutout as one of Thomas’s former clubs by play-by-play man Gary Cohen, while Mets analyst Ron Darling gave the Revs coaching staff (manager Andy Etchebarren and then-pitching coach Mark Mason) credit for helping develop his change-up while he was in York in 2012. The former Mets hurler did his homework before this particular broadcast.
In a 7-2 Dodgers triumph, which included a two-run Yasiel Puig homer and a three-hit, home run, two RBI night from former Met Justin Turner in support, Thomas earned his second Major League win, his first coming on April 27 of last year with the Braves in Atlanta against Cincinnati.
Mark Mason has added some hard-throwing, right-handed depth to his bullpen with the addition of Luis Perdomo, who has pitched in 51 Major League games. Perdomo, 31, first signed with the Cleveland Indians in 2006, but made his MLB debut with the San Diego Padres in 2009, appearing in 35 games out of their bullpen. He also enjoyed big league call-ups in 2010 with San Diego (one game) and 15 games with the Minnesota Twins in 2012, his most recent Major League action.
Perdomo has posted a respectable 4.50 ERA in the Majors, striking out 63 batters in 78 innings pitched. As a minor leaguer, he’s the owner of a 3.90 career ERA, with 65 saves. In 466 minor league innings, he’s accumulated 430 strikeouts. Last season the Dominican Republic native was with Campeche of the Mexican League and is in his 10th professional season.
In the 5-1 win at Long Island on July 21, Mikey Reynolds gave the Revolution a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a straight steal of home, with no other runners on base. Reynolds led off the inning with a single. While the Bobby Blevins pitch glanced off catcher Mike Blanke’s glove, probably mostly due to panic, it looks like there was a pretty good chance Reynolds would’ve beaten the pitch and scored anyway.
Thank you to the Long Island Ducks for providing the video, and here it is with Darrell Henry’s call dubbed over it:
Another game, another milestone for Andres Perez. This season he’s already become the Revolution all-time leader in doubles and total hits, and with a second inning solo homer July 20 in a 5-4 loss at Long Island, he added total bases to his resume as well.
The home run gave Perez 606 total bases in a Revolution uniform in just over two and a half seasons with the club, surpassing the 605 accumulated by outfielder Scott Grimes in three seasons (2010-2012). It’s a significant record on it’s own, but especially so considering Grimes led all of professional baseball in runs scored in 2010 with 138.
Perez’s homer also pulled him into a tie with James Shanks, whom he just passed for the all-time franchise hit lead, for fourth on the Revolution home run list (41). Perez’s next long ball will tie him with Jason Aspito (42) for third, with second place all-time also within reach (Grimes, 45). Chris Nowak is the career Revs home run leader (59).
An expanded and updated list of franchise total base leaders is after the jump, which includes three active players in the current top 10:
When Revolution right-handed reliever Ian Durham went inactive with pain in his pitching elbow on June 4, unfortunately it appeared to be a long-term injury. On July 20, he underwent successful Tommy John surgery in his native Southern California, and judging from the photo above, is in good spirits.
While there are never any guarantees, the success rate of the surgery is generally high. A grueling rehab does lie ahead for Durham however, and that process typically takes a calendar year. While it’s certainly possible he could be back on a mound by the tail end of next season, most likely he’ll be back pitching by the start of the 2017 season.
In any event, we hope to see Ian back on a mound either in York or elsewhere as soon as possible following his rehab. Durham, just 25, will be entering his sixth professional season once his comeback is complete.
With a fifth inning single on July 19 in a 3-2 loss at Lancaster, York Revolution 1B/2B Andres Perez became the new franchise all-time hit leader in just two and a half seasons with York, surpassing the 383 hits collected by outfielder James Shanks in three-plus seasons with the club.
Perez batted .314 (161 hits, 23 HR, 86 RBI) in 132 games in 2012, and followed that with 151 hits in 2013. In 2014 he was away from York, playing the entire season with the Sioux City (Iowa) Explorers of the American Association. In his return, Perez has rapped 73 hits in his first 77 games this season to set the new record. For good measure he finished 2-for-4 on July 19, adding hit number 385 as well with another single in the seventh.
Perez was already the Revolution’s all-time leader in a doubles (89, currently), a mark he set on June 7 in a 3-0 home win over Lancaster. Perez is also fifth on the all-time Revolution home run list (40).
An expanded and updated list of franchise hit leaders is after the jump, which includes three active players now in the top 10:
Revolution starter Shawn Hill, even at age 34, continues to demonstrate he’s still a go-to option for the Canadian Senior National team, even a couple years after he was at the top of their rotation for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
After making a start in an exhibition game against Team USA on July 4 in preparation for the Pan-Am Games in Toronto, Hill made his first start of the tournament July 14 against Cuba. Hill tossed six shutout innings, walking only one, and allowed just three hits in Canada’s 3-1 victory. The win improved Canada to 4-0 in round robin play, their other wins coming against the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Nicaragua. The Canadians will finish their preliminary schedule against Puerto Rico on July 16 and the United States on July 17.
The Revolution has added right-hander Trevor Miller, who began this season in the Seattle Mariners organization at Double-A Jackson in the Southern League. Miller, who notched two saves during 26 relief appearances to begin this year, made his Triple-A debut with Tacoma last season, appearing in two games. While a reliever as of late, 70 of his 125 career appearances upon joining York have been starts.
Drafted by the Mariners in 2011, Miller made a career-high 26 starts between A-Advanced High Desert and Double-A Jackson in 2013, and 13 of his 31 appearances a season ago for Jackson were also starts. Last season he posted a 3.81 ERA in Double-A, notching a solid 87 strikeouts in 111 innings pitched. Miller’s best season as a professional came in 2012, when he posted a 3.24 ERA in 27 appearances and 22 starts between Clinton and High Desert in 150.1 innings. He struck out 113 in that time, walking just 24.
Miller is in this fifth professional season despite being just 24, after spending two years at San Joaquin Delta College in California before joining the Seattle organization.
The Revolution has signed right-handed reliever Ty’relle Harris, who began this season putting up solid numbers in the American Association with the Grand Prairie AirHogs. In a corresponding roster move, LHP Leyson Septimo has been traded to Amarillo, also of the American Association, for cash considerations.
In 19 games with Grand Prairie this season, Harris posted a 2.77 ERA in 22.2 innings, striking out 26 and notching three saves. In 2014 Harris made 34 total appearances split between two clubs…eight starts for Bridgeport and another 26 in relief to end the season with Grand Prairie. He first pitched in the Atlantic League for Bridgeport in 2013.
Harris, 28, was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 2009 out of the University of Tennessee. He ascended to Double-A with that organization, before a trade to the Chicago Cubs during the 2010 season. He reached Triple-A with the Cubs in 2011 and 2012. In his seventh professional season, Harris has put up numbers most everywhere he’s been; he’s the owner of a 1.64 ERA in 18 career Class A games, a 3.19 ERA in 33 High-A games and a 2.97 ERA in 39 Double-A games.
Septimo departs York after appearing in 28 games, posting a 4.28 ERA in 27.1 innings. He struck out 26 in that time, walking 12.
The York Revolution has announced that the Atlantic League contract of outfielder Shannon Wilkerson has been purchased by the Minnesota Twins. It marks the first time in the nine-year history of the Revolution that Minnesota has purchased the contract of a York player in-season.
Wilkerson will also become the first player to play in the Twins organization following a stint in York. To date, the Revolution has placed a former player with 25 of the 30 MLB clubs with the addition of Minnesota (including in-season and off-season signings), leaving the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees as the only remaining organizations that have not employed a former York player.
The Revolution coaching staff knew it was a possibility from the moment they agreed with Shawn Hill on a contract for 2015, but the veteran right-hander has left the team, perhaps temporarily, to compete in the Pan-American Games for the Canadian Senior National Team. As of July 9 Hill is officially on the inactive list, as the Pan-Am Games last from July 10-26, with the baseball tournament from July 11-19. The games are taking place in Toronto in the home Provence of Hill, a Mississauga, Ontario native.
Hill, who has pitched just four innings in each of his last three starts for York, the two most recent being on short rest, joined Team Canada on Saturday for their pre-tournament camp in Cary, North Carolina. He started Canada’s first exhibition game against the United States (Team USA is comprised of Double-A and Triple-A players) and threw three and two-thirds innings, allowing four hits and striking out three. Hill, who has 14 starts under his belt for the Revolution so far this season, may also work as a long reliever during the tournament.
After former Revolution LHP Ian Thomas (’12) was traded off the Atlanta Braves Major League roster to the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 27, he pitched in his first game with L.A. on June 2 at Colorado, becoming the first former Rev to play for two MLB clubs. He made his MLB debut with Atlanta last season.
Thomas, who between the Braves and Dodgers has been back and forth between Triple-A and the Majors four times already this season, was re-called from Triple-A Oklahoma City yesterday in time to pitch a scoreless eighth and ninth against the Phillies in a 7-2 loss. In his first appearance at Dodger Stadium (and his first official TV introduction by Vin Scully), Thomas faced seven batters without allowing a hit and walked one, and struck out Cody Asche in the eighth and Freddy Galvis to end the top of the ninth.
Here’s a link to video of that strikeout of Galvis: http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/8878728/v239613083
Infield moves: Starlin Rodriguez headed to Wichita, Mikey Reynolds set to return, Patino stays on roster
Revolution infielder Starlin Rodriguez has been traded to the Wichita Wingnuts of the American Association for a player to be named later. He was signed on June 7 after beginning the season with the Double-A Springfield Cardinals in the Texas League.
With Mikey Reynolds set to return from a broken finger when the second half begins on July 10, an injury which has kept him out since May 27, a roster spot needed to be created. Reynolds is batting .346 in 21 games this season, and should resume his post as York’s every day second baseman.
After nearly a week without a roster move, the first-half flurry resumed for the York Revolution as the calendar flipped to July. Starter Anthony Lerew was placed on the inactive list with a leg injury that will sideline him for the remainder of the season. More details about his injury will be shared later. Lerew was replaced on the active roster by infielder Bryan Pounds, who is ready to return from a knee injury which had kept him out since June 23. Reliever Santo Manzanillo retired after just two appearances with York, and none at home. To fill that vacant roster spot, the Revolution has signed right-hander Tony Pena, a veteran of six Major League seasons.
Pena, 33, has 313 MLB appearances (380 innings) between 2006 and 2011 with the Diamondbacks and the White Sox. He has eight Major League saves, and appeared in a career-high 75 and 72 games for Arizona in 2007 and 2008, after making his MLB debut in 2006 (25 games). In 2010 with Chicago, Pena was in more a of a long role, throwing a MLB career-high 100.2 innings in 52 appearances, which included the only three big league starts of his career. Last season, Pena made 69 appearances in the Mexican League and saved 27 games for Laguna. Pena made the rare professional debut at Double-A in 2004 at age 22, a short journey to his Major League debut just two seasons later. He was first signed as an international free agent by the Diamondbacks in 2002.