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Revs add pair of arms, Spring Training update

Francisco Gracesqui

The Revs added a pair of lefties on the official first day of spring training camp on Monday.  Below is the team press release for more on the acquisitions of LHP Francisco Gracesqui and LHP Trevor Reckling after the jump, as well as an update on the first two days of spring training.

The York Revolution have added left-handed pitchers Francisco Gracesqui and Trevor Reckling to the 2019 preseason roster. The signings were announced on Tuesday by Revs manager Mark Mason as the Revs held their first Spring Training workout, with Opening Day set for next Friday, April 26, at PeoplesBank Park.

Gracesqui follows in the footsteps of his older brother, Frank, who appeared in 11 games early in the 2010 season for the Revs. The younger southpaw enters his sixth pro season and boasts a 13-6 career record with a 3.34 ERA in 112 lifetime appearances, all but one of which has come in relief. Those numbers include a 10-4 mark with a 2.20 ERA in 62 outings as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays organization, as the Bronx, NY, native originally signed with Toronto and advanced as high as Class A Lansing in 2014 and 2015. The 27-year-old then saw time in the Can-Am and American Association and started a combined no-hitter in his lone career starting nod for Kansas City last season. Gracesqui has struck out 10.3 batters per nine innings over the span of his career and was a Northwest League All-Star in 2014 when he held opponents without an earned run in 11 outings before his promotion to Lansing.

Reckling joins the Revs for his ninth pro season. The 29-year-old turned pro after being drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the eighth round of the 2007 draft out of St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, NJ. Reckling immediately dominated, going 3-1 with a 2.75 ERA and 13.8 strike outs per nine innings with the Arizona League Angels during his first summer as a professional. He was a 10-game winner and a Midwest League All-Star for Cedar Rapids in his second pro season in 2008 and combined to win nine games and post a 2.68 ERA between High-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Arkansas, which led the Angels organization in 2009. He was a Texas League All-Star, a Futures Game participant, and MLB.com’s selection as Angels Organization Pitcher of the Year, and he pitched for Team USA at the conclusion of that season while also ascending to fourth on the Angels prospect list by Baseball America. His steady climb saw him split the 2010 season between Arkansas and Triple-A Salt Lake, and garner Texas League All-Star accolades for the second time in 2011. After six years in the Angels system, Reckling went 4-4 in 12 Atlantic League starts for Bridgeport in 2013. The Livingston, NJ, native has also pitched in the Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, and Arizona Diamondbacks farm systems, toed the rubber twice for Rockland (Can-Am) in 2015, and pitched professionally in the Netherlands in 2017. He comes to York looking to make a comeback this season and is 37-43 with a 4.26 ERA in 128 outings (121 starts) over the course of his pro career.

Mason likes what he’s seen from both newcomers.

“Both have shown promise with what we’ve seen in their bullpen sessions, and we’re looking forward to seeing how it plays in our exhibition games during spring training.”

The Revs now have 28 players under contract for the 2019 season, including 16 pitchers.

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A quick update on the first two days of camp.  Tuesday featured a typical full team workout as pitchers threw on the side, position players took infield-outfield as well as on-field BP, pitchers worked on PFPs, and the entire team wrapped up with a conditioning session at the end of the afternoon.

A couple of observations from around the batting cage… granted, they were facing their manager, but the team showed a ton of power in their first BP session.  Again, it was only BP, but noticeably more power than one would expect to see on day one.  Or perhaps most days regardless of time of year.  Telvin Nash looked like his typical self, but the most impressive rounds came from Nate Coronado who bombed multiple shots to dead center, and hit the back ad wall above the carousel on the perimeter of the facility with one memorable shot.  Not to leave anyone out, but Ryan Dent and Melky Mesa had noticeably impressive rounds, as did J.P. Sportman and Justin Trapp.  Day one, facing their manager, but good to see nonetheless.  The quicker the timing gets down, the better.

Check out this video of Nash in the cage, and do so with your volume turned up.

Wednesday welcomed the first exhibition game as the Revs faced the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, and it was quite entertaining and very nearly historic as the Revs took a combined NO-HITTER into the ninth inning, ultimately winning 2-1.

Dustin Richardson, transitioning to the starting rotation this season, opened with two scoreless innings, and was followed with scoreless innings from Troy Terzi (2.0 IP), Jeffrey Rosa, Andrew Carber, Francisco Gracesqui, and Julio Perez.

The Crabs broke up the no-no on a leadoff single by Craig Maddox in the ninth.  Maddox advanced on a passed ball and a wild pitch and scored on a two-out single from Angelys Nina which came off Revs reliever Jose Ortega, but the Revs quickly responded and won the game in the bottom of the ninth on a two-run double to deep center from Welington Dotel. Corey Bass nearly broke the scoreless tie an inning earlier with a shot off the top of the Arch Nemesis but missed a homer by inches and settled for a single.

Atlantic League veteran and longtime foe Daryl Thompson made the start for Southern Maryland and went three perfect innings.

The Revs went with the following 10-man batting order:

J.P. Sportman – CF

Alexi Casilla – 2B

Melky Mesa – LF

Telvin Nash – 1B

Isaias Tejeda – C

Welington Dotel – RF

Nate Coronado – 3B

Ryan Dent – SS

Justin Trapp – DH

Henry Castillo – Extra Hitter

 

Bass entered off the bench to finish the game behind the plate.

The only player not yet in camp is catcher Carlos Paulino (visa), but his arrival is expected early next week.

 

We will have four spring training broadcasts over the coming week.  Here is that schedule:

Fri 4/19 at Lancaster, 1 p.m. (WOYK on YouTube)

Sat 4/20, Fan Fest vs Somerset, 1:45 p.m. (SportsRadio 98.9 FM, WOYK 1350 AM, 989woyk.com, The New WOYK app, and WOYK on YouTube)

Mon 4/22 at Somerset, 1:30 p.m. (WOYK on YouTube)

Tue 4/23 at Southern Maryland, 1 p.m. (WOYK on YouTube)

 

Then of course the games all begin to count when the Revs host the Long Island Ducks on Opening Night, Friday April 26 at 6:30 p.m. vs the Ducks at PeoplesBank Park.  And I don’t do this for just anybody, but since you’re a blog reader, you can take advantage of my promo code HENRY to get $3 off each field box ticket you purchase that night.  In fact, we’re having an office wide contest of who can generate the most promo codes, so I kindly ask that you please do it.  Now.  Otherwise, no more blog posts.  Just kidding.  Or am I?  But no really, here is the link for Opening Night tickets, and simply enter the promo code HENRY to get $3 off!

 

-DH

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