The York Revolution announced the signing of World Series champion and no-hitter artist Jonathan Sanchez on Saturday morning, in advance of the team’s day-night doubleheader against the Somerset Patriots. The left-handed Sanchez made his Revs debut in game one of the twinbill. (more…)
The York revolution continue to alter their 2018 roster because of injuries. The Revs added infielder Nick King last week and catcher Roger Alfredo Guedez Diaz this week.
The Revs needed some infield depth while Zach Wilson, who was placed on the disabled list this week, was playing through a groin injury, and they got it in the form of 24-year-old infielder Nick King. A native of Palm Springs, California, King spent the last two seasons in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system, reaching as high as High-A in 2017, while also playing four games with Schaumburg in the Frontier League in 2016. He hit .185 with 9 RBI in 40 games between three different levels in 2017. King played his college ball at the University of Georgia.
The Revs signed Diaz for catching depth now that Tyler Clark has been sidelined for a few days with a bruised hand. Diaz joins the Revs after starting the 2018 season with the Plattsburgh RedBirds of the Empire League. In 2017, Diaz hit .279 with 18 RBI in 36 games for the Aguada Explorers. He had more walks (13) than strikeouts (10). Diaz, 27, played his college ball at Grambling State University.
Five York Revolution alumni are making headlines in affiliated ball and Mexico after stints in York ranging from three years to a little over a month. Here’s an update on the group of former Revs standouts.
Long-time Revs lefty arm Edward Paredes was recently called up from Triple-A to the Major League level with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the second time in 2018. He made one appearance for the Dodgers on May 3rd, throwing 0.2 scoreless innings before being sent down, but was recalled during the first week of June. Paredes has logged 4.2 shutout innings over seven appearances with seven strikeouts, no walks and only one hit allowed since his second promotion.
He earned a hold on June 7th and wins on June 12th against the Rangers and June 19th on the road against the Cubs in Game 1 of a double-header. He also pitched in Game 2 of the double-header that day. Paredes, 31, made his Major League debut with the Dodgers on July 24th, 2017. Paredes spent time in York from 2013-2015, making 131 total appearances in a Revs uniform.
Ross Detwiler is off to a solid start at Triple-A Tacoma in the Seattle Mariners organization. He threw two scoreless innings with three strikeouts out of the bullpen in his team debut, before moving into the starting rotation. In his last two starts he’s gone 6.0 and 6.1 innings, respectively, and allowed just two earned runs in each start, earning the win in his most recent outing. Detwiler made six starts for the Revs in 2018, going 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA, while striking out 11 batters in his final start before signing with the Mariners at the end of May.
Zac Grotz, the second member of the Revs to have his contact purchased this season, made a statement in his first outing for Single-A Columbia in the New York Mets organization. Grotz worked 7.2 innings allowing just two runs with eight strikeouts and no walks, earning the win on over Hagerstown on June 15th. The 25-year-old right-hander was 2-1 with a 2.53 ERA in seven appearances (four starts) for the Revs in 2018 and threw a complete-game shutout with eight strikeouts on May 24th at Lancaster.
Former Revs left-handed pitcher Jared Martin was recently promoted to Triple-A Nashville in the Oakland Athletics organization. Martin, who signed with the A’s in the offseason, was 1-2 with a 4.79 ERA over 20.2 innings in 16 games with Double-A Midland at the time of his promotion. Martin has tossed 3.2 innings over three relief appearances so far at Triple-A. The California native posted a microscopic 0.98 ERA in 18 relief appearances with 27 strikeouts and only nine hits allowed for the Revs early in the 2017 season before having his contract picked up by the San Francisco Giants organization.
Alonzo Harris, last year’s Atlantic League Player of the Year, is having an excellent season playing in the Mexican League. The speedy outfielder is batting .301 with eight home runs, 22 RBI and an .844 OPS in 48 games for Los Tigres de Quintana Roo. He has eight doubles, one triple and is 13-for-18 in stolen base attempts. Harris tore it up for the Revs last season, finishing the regular season with a .315 batting average, 23 home runs, 73 RBI, 28 doubles, 31 stolen bases and 89 runs scored in 114 games. He also had a .381 on-base percentage and .912 OPS. In the postseason, Harris had two homers and five RBI, helping the Revs win their third Atlantic League title.
Post by Michael Marcantonini
Broadcaster/Media Relations Asst.
The York Revolution made a flurry of roster moves over the last week, bringing in three new players and one returning Rev to the roster.
The first move came on June 12th when the team brought back left-handed pitcher Logan Williamson, who previously pitched for the Revs from 2015 through 2017. Williamson was a member of the championship team last season and went 6-9 with a 5.20 ERA in 129.2 innings of work. The southpaw made 26 starts and one relief appearance and struck out 49 batters. Williamson started a divisional series game on the road against Southern Maryland and earned the win, allowing just two runs in six innings with five strikeouts and no walks. Williamson has made two starts so far this season for York and has a 1-1 record. He now has 22 wins in his Revs career, the fourth-most in franchise history. With his first out in the third inning in his last start on June 18th, Williamson became the third pitcher in Revs history to reach 400 innings in a York uniform, joining Corey Thurman (980.1 innings) and Chris Cody (517.0 innings).
Three days later, the Revs added outfielder Tyson Gillies to the roster. Gillies, a former Seattle Mariners and Philadelphia Phillies prospect, joined the team after spending the 2017 season with the Ottawa Champions of the Can-Am. Association. The speedy outfielder hit .294 in 71 games with 11 HR, 50 RBI and 46 runs scored. He picked up his first RBI and run as a Rev this past weekend in Southern Maryland, and went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer in his home debut at PeoplesBank Park on June 18th.
The Revs then added right-handed pitchers James Pugliese and Devan Watts on June 18th after the team’s eight-game road trip concluded.
Pugliese last pitched with the Double-A Tennessee Smokies in the Chicago Cubs organization before joining the Revs. He made six appearances before being released in mid-May. Pugliese, 25, went 7-2 with a 1.84 ERA and 48 strikeouts at Double-A in 2017. Opponents hit just .203 against him in 40 appearances (7 starts) over 78.1 innings. Pugliese was drafted in the 18th round in 2011 by the Cubs.
Watts comes to York after making 20 relief appearances between High-A Florida and Double-A Mississippi in the Atlanta Braves organization this season before being released. Watts, 23, went 1-2 with a 2.59 ERA in 39 relief outings between High-A and Double-A in 2017. He struck 65 out batters in 58.2 innings and had five saves. Watts was the Braves’ 17th-round draft pick in 2016.
The Revs released right-handed reliever Tyler Cravy on June 18th to make room for the team’s new additions.
Post by Michael Marcantonini
Broadcaster/Media Relations Asst.
Great news coming across the wire yesterday as former Revs lefty Edward Paredes has been recalled by the Dodgers and is heading to the big leagues for the second time this season. Paredes worked two-thirds of an inning (scoreless) at Arizona on May 3, and entered last night’s 8-7 Dodgers victory in Pittsburgh in the sixth inning with a 4-2 lead and a runner at second, striking out Corey Dickerson, his only batter faced, on a 2-2 pitch to earn a “hold”. (more…)
York Revolution starting pitcher Ross Detwiler’s contract was purchased by the Seattle Mariners organization on May 31st and the left-hander was sent to Triple-A Tacoma.
He is the first Rev to have his contract purchased by a Major League organization this season.
Detwiler, 32, signed with York in mid-March and made six starts for the Revs, going 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA over 30.0 innings of work. He struck out 32 batters and walked just eight, and opponents batted .254 against him. He finished his stint with the Revs tied for second in the Atlantic League in wins, tied for second in strikeouts, and ninth in ERA.
Detwiler’s last start was his best. He struck out a career-high 11 batters with no walks in 7.1 innings and got the win on May 26 against the Road Warriors. He joined teammate Jay Gause (July 1, 2017, vs. Sugar Land), Chris Cody (2013 vs. Long Island), and Ryan Baerlocher (twice in 2007 vs. the Road Warriors) as the only starters in Revs history to post 11 or more strikeouts in a game with no walks. It marked the ninth time in Revs history that a starter has tallied at least 11 strikeouts and first since Gause last season. Detwiler joins Cody, who had a pair of 11-plus strikeout games in his Revs career (both in 2013), as the only lefties to do it.
Detwiler, who was the sixth overall pick in the 2007 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals, became the highest MLB draft pick to play for the Revs. The previous mark was held by RHP John Van Benschoten (eighth overall, Pittsburgh, 2001).
The Mariners are Detwiler’s seventh Major League organization.
Detwiler previously spent nine seasons in Major League Baseball (2007 through 2016) with five different teams, including seven with the Nationals after playing his college ball at Missouri State University. Detwiler’s best season came in 2012, when he went 10-8 with a 3.40 ERA and 105 strikeouts, logging 164.1 innings over 33 appearances (27 starts) for the NL East-champion Nationals. He started NLDS Game 4 for the Nationals against the Cardinals that season, throwing six innings and allowing just one unearned run in a no decision.
Detwiler has appeared in 189 Major League games in his career, starting 89 of them, and made at least 30 appearances in a season three times. Detwiler spent the 2017 season at Triple-A with the Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics organizations and appeared in 19 games.
In his first appearance for Triple-A Tacoma after being picked up from the Revs, Detwiler tossed two scoreless innings with three strikeouts in relief.
The Revs have added 37-year-old right-handed pitcher Jailen Peguero to their active roster. Peguero, who is in his first go-around in the Atlantic League, started the 2018 season with the Road Warriors, going 1-1 with a 3.48 ERA in 12 relief appearances over 10.1 innings. A native of Azua, Dominican Republic, Peguero is in his 17th professional season. He was originally signed by the Houston Astros as an undrafted free agent in 2002 and made his Major League debut on September, 25th 2008, with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Peguero made 23 combined appearances with the DBacks in 2008 and 2009, posting a 1-0 record with 14 strikeouts in 24 innings of work. He has pitched in the minor leagues for the Rangers and Angels, spent a handful of seasons in the Mexican League and two seasons with Winnepeg in the American Association.
Post by Michael Marcantonini