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.
This should be a better situation for Rodriguez to be an unquestioned every day player for Wichita, exiting an already crowded Revolution infield group which added utility man Alfredo Patino during the July 3-5 series at Bridgeport which ended the first half. It was an audition of sorts for a utility/bench role with the Revs in the second half. With the trade of Rodriguez, who hit .288 with two homers and seven RBI in 20 games with York, it appears Patino will stay on the roster in a reserve role for now. In three games in Bridgeport, Patino went 3-for-9, drove in a run and walked twice in 11 plate appearances.
With the American Association season ending a few weeks before the Atlantic League season does, the PTBNL in the Rodriguez deal may end up being a player currently with Wichita that could help the Revolution contend for second half playoff spot down the stretch, should York turn things around and contend for the division. The Revs currently have nine players who were not with the club on Opening Day this season. Their 24-46 first half tied the worst half in franchise history; the 2009 Revolution had the same record in the first half and finished with the worst overall record in franchise history, 53-87. If the trade is not completed this season, Wichita would continue to owe York the rights to a player going into 2016.
Once before in franchise history has the Revolution made the playoffs after a losing first half; in 2008 the Revs rebounded from a 30-40 opening half to win the Freedom Division second half with a 41-29 record before being ousted from the opening round of the Atlantic League playoffs by Somerset. Hopefully there is a parallel to that season this year with all the roster moves York has made; in 2008 the addition of OF Kennard Jones (.333/8 HR/49 RBI/88 games) and 1B Chris Ashby (.321/16 HR/75 RBI/104 games) in June spearheaded the turnaround.