Alumni Update: Nash, Tejeda Thrive in Tar Heel State
Isaias Tejeda and Telvin Nash were two of the biggest reasons why the York Revolution won the first half Freedom Division championship. Collectively, they hit .310 with 21 home runs, 26 doubles, and 51 RBIs before signing with the Braves and White Sox, respectively, on consecutive days in June. The Revs were able to lock up the playoff berth without them, and both Tejeda and Nash have been thriving in the Advanced-A Carolina League during their first few weeks away from PeoplesBank Park.
Tejeda returned to the same level he topped out in with the Yankees last season. In his debut for the Carolina Mudcats on June 25 at Myrtle Beach, he made an immediate impact, mashing a second-inning two-run homer in his first at-bat to help the Mudcats win 8-1. Playing primarily at first base – not one of the five positions he manned in York – Tejeda has driven in 15 runs in his first 15 games with the Mudcats, making his way up from the bottom of the batting order to the heart of the lineup in three short weeks. He is batting .222 with four doubles, a triple, and three home runs, good for a .500 slugging percentage and .779 OPS. The Mudcats are currently two games back of Myrtle Beach in the second-half Southern Division standings.
Nash continued his power streak upon arriving to the Winston-Salem Dash, reminding everyone what made him one of the most feared sluggers in the Astros organization by hammering a two-run round-tripper in his team debut June 23 against Wilmington. Through his first 18 games with his new ball club, he is batting .279 with six dingers, seven doubles, 17 RBIs, and an other-worldly 1.117 OPS. Nash had a field day in Frederick on July 10, pounding two home runs – the first Dash multi-homer game in more than two years – and driving in all four runs in a 5-4 loss. Winston-Salem is a game and a half back of Myrtle Beach and half a game up on Tejeda’s Mudcats in the second half Southern Division standings.
Nash, meanwhile, appears to be primed for bigger things. In his exit interview with the Revs’ Darrell Henry, he indicated that the White Sox were looking to move him up to Triple-A Charlotte – a level he has never been to before – after a few weeks with the Dash. With the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina under nightly air raid watch whenever Nash comes to bat, it is easy to imagine that promotion will come soon.
While the two most recent Revs alumni move forward with more than Carolina on their minds, let’s check in with other former York standouts.
Jose Constanza – OF, 2015
In 36 games between Reynosa and Yucatan in the Mexican League, former Revolution speedster Constanza is batting .275 with three doubles, nine RBIs, and a pair of stolen bases. He went 4-for-5 with a pair of runs, an RBI, and a stolen base in Reynosa’s May 26 game against Laguna.
Ryan Feierabend – LHP, 2012
The southpaw Feierabend has made 17 appearances and 10 starts in his second straight year with Nexen of the Korean Baseball Organization. He is currently 5-7 with a 4.59 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 100 innings.
Justin Greene – OF, 2014
Greene is tearing up the Mexican League with Saltillo, hitting .326 with 16 doubles, seven triples, four home runs, 26 RBIs, and 28 stolen bases. In a July 8 game against Laguna, he went 3-for-6 with two triples and a pair of runs driven in.
Edward Parades – LHP, 2013-15
Parades has settled in with the Arkansas Travelers (Double-A, LAA) of the Texas League, sporting a 1-1 record with a 3.38 ERA and a save in 30 appearances (26.2 innings). He needed just seven pitches, six for strikes, to retire Northwest Arkansas in order for the save on June 20, preserving the Travelers’ 5-3 road win.
Mikey Reynolds – INF, 2015
Reynolds has spent most of 2016 with the Palm Beach Cardinals (Advanced-A, STL) of the Florida State League, batting .186 with two triples, seven RBIs, and five stolen bases in 18 games. He earned a three-game promotion to Double-A Springfield – the highest he has ever advanced in the minor leagues – and got his only Southern League hit in an April 27 game against Northwest Arkansas.
Ian Thomas – LHP, 2012
Thomas has been on the minor league disabled list since May with left shoulder tendinitis, and the Dodgers released him on July 3. He was performing well for Triple-A Oklahoma City before his injury, going 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 19 innings over eight appearances (two starts).
Shannon Wilkerson – OF, 2015
In his second season with the Chattanooga Lookouts (Double-A, MIN) of the Southern League, Wilkerson is batting .231 with seven doubles, two home runs, and 13 RBIs in 43 games. He broke out for a pair of extra-base hits June 30 at Pensacola, going 2-for-3 with a double, homer, three RBIs, and two runs in the Lookouts’ 7-3 win over the Blue Wahoos.