Revs ink outfielders Marte, Thurber
Shoring up the outfield in time for a big Memorial Day series against Somerset, the York Revolution signed former major leaguer Alfredo Marte as well as Charley Thurber. Manager Mark Mason brings in the minor league stalwarts to fill the roster hole left by Jason Repko, who has been placed on the DL with hamstring soreness.
The latest Marte to pass through PeoplesBank Park, Alfredo comes to York after brief stints in Triple-A Norfolk and Lehigh Valley to start the season. Marte, 27, has spent parts of three seasons in the major leagues, suiting up in 66 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2013-14 and five for the Los Angeles Angels in 2015.
Marte was signed by Arizona in 2005 and began his professional career stateside with Low-A Yakima in 2008. In 782 career minor league games, the Dominican native hit .278 with 176 doubles, 70 home runs, and 422 RBIs. In 2012 with Double-A Mobile, Marte batted .294 and notched 25 doubles and 20 home runs, driving in 75 runs en route to a Southern League All-Star selection and a spot in the Futures Game.
Charley Thurber split his 2015 between New Jersey and Garden State in the Canadian American League before signing with New Britain in the Eastern League, Colorado’s Double-A affiliate. In 18 games with the Rock Cats, he batted .244 with two doubles and three RBIs.
Thurber was drafted by the New York Mets out of the University of Tennessee in the 39th round of the 2011 MLB Draft, making his pro debut in Low-A Brooklyn that summer. In four professional seasons, the Elmira, NY native is hitting .238 with 48 doubles, eight home runs, and 111 RBIs. Thurber proved his speed with Single-A Savannah in 2012, legging out five triples in 99 games with the Sand Gnats.
Marte and Thurber will both suit up for the Revs tonight as the Patriots come to town for an extended four-game set over Memorial Day weekend. Their roster numbers have yet to be determined, but there’s a high chance that they will indeed have numbers by first pitch.