Revs Set to Open 2017 Campaign
Tonight the Revs open the 2017 season with the first of a 6-game road trip beginning with a three game set against the New Britain Bees. Last season the Revs went 14-6 against New Britain in the Bees first season in the Atlantic League.
Left hander Frank Gailey will get the opening day start for the Revs. Last year Gailey went 6-5 for York in 20 starts, with an ERA of 3.13 and 100 strikeouts in 123.1 innings pitched. Gailey will be opposed by Bees right hander Casey Coleman who split 2016 between the Rays and Mariners systems, compiling a 4-1 record and a 2.59 ERA, while working exclusively out of the bullpen.
Déjà Vu: The Revs also opened the 2016 season in New Britain, winning 3 of 4, marking the first time in team history that the Revs have opened against the same opponent in back-to-back seasons. It’s also the first time that York has opened on the road in two straight years, since beginning on the road their first three seasons 2007-2009. Only four players who appeared in opening day 2016 for the Revs are on the 2017 roster. They are Joel Guzman, Bryan Pounds, Ty’Relle Harris, and Michael Click.
Open for Business: 2017 marks the 11th season of Revs baseball. The team is 6-4 on opening day, including a 4-3 victory last season against New Britain to begin the season. After losing on opening day in back-to-back years in 2007 and 2008, the Revs won four straight opening days 2009-2012.
At the Helm: Mark Mason enters his 5th season as manager of the Revs, becoming the longest-tenured skipper in club history. Mason enters the year with 283 wins, as he surpassed his predecessor Andy Etchebarren last season as the winningest manager in club history. Mason has been part of 504 combined wins with York (221 as pitching coach, 283 as manager). The 2017 season marks Mason’s 8th on staff in York, joining bench/hitting/3B coach Enohel Polanco as the longest-tenured member of the coaching staff in club history. Polanco also enters his 8th season, while pitching coach Paul Fletcher enters his 4th on Mason’s staff.
Rotation: LHP Frank Gailey, RHP Steve Janas, LHP Logan Williamson, RHP Victor Mateo, LHP Chris Cody
Left Handed Relievers (3): Chase Huchingson, Jarret Martin, Luke Westphal
Right Handed Relievers (9): Brad Allen, Jose Arredondo, Hawtin Buchanan, Michael Click, Julio DePaula, Ty’Relle Harris, Melvin Mercedes, Curtis Partch, Joe Van Meter
Catchers (2): Luis Alen, Isaias Tejeda
Infielders (6): Michael Burgess, Ryan Dent Angel Franco, Joel Guzman, Alonzo Harris (2B/OF), Bryan Pounds
Outfielders (5): Jose Constanza, Jared Mitchell, Derrick Robinson, Brandon Thomas, Travis Witherspoon
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Youth Movement: Nineteen of the thirty players on the roster are under the age of 30, with reliever Hawtin Buchanan being the youngest Rev. Buchanan turns 24 years of age on April 29th, while Steve Janas, Melvin Mercedes, Isaias Tejeda, Angel Franco, and Brandon Thomas were all born in 1990 or later.
Need for Speed: The Revs 2017 outfield might be the fastest trio to ever patrol the confines of People’sBank Park. While the squad is fast top to bottom, they are highlighted by four speedsters in Travis Witherspoon, Alonzo Harris, Jose Constanza, and Derrick Robinson, who have all posted 40+ steal seasons in the minors, paced by Robinson who stole 69 bases with High-A Wilmington in 2009.
Catch tonight’s game, and every game this season on 1350 WOYK and woyk1350.com. Darrell Henry will be live from New Britain at 6:15 p.m., with first pitch set for 6:35 p.m..