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Revs Continue Opening Road Trip in Southern Maryland

The Revs (1-2) dropped their opening series of the season, losing two of three to New Britain last weekend. After a day of Monday, the Revs are back in action for a three game set in Southern Maryland (2-2), before returning to York for their home opener on Friday.

New Britain Series Notes:

  • Alonzo Harris (2), Angel Franco, and Michael Burgess all tallied multi-hit games for the Revs
  • 11 of the Revs 22 hits in the series were for extra bases (8 2B, 3B, 2 HR)
  • The Revs scored first in 2 of the 3 games
  • Revs pitching posted a 3.96 ERA, with 22 strikeouts, but also issued 12 BB and 5 HBP, and 4 HR
  • York relievers pitched more innings (13.0) than starters (12.0)
  • The Revs committed 5 errors in the field, in 2016 York finished T-6 in fielding percentage (.976)
  • York was held to 2 runs on both Saturday and Sunday, last season they were 13-42 (24%) when scoring less than 3 runs in a game
  • Craig Maddox was the toughest out for York in the series: 6-10, 2 2B, HR, 5 RBI

Southern Maryland Preview:

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Frank Gailey (right) will make his second start of the season Thursday — Photo by Joe Doll

Game 1 (Tue 6:35 p.m.) — RHP Victor Mateo (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Gaby Hernandez   (0-0, 0.00)

Victor Mateo will make his first career start for the Revs tonight. The native of Santo Domingo, DR, was signed as a free agent by the Rays in 2006, and has spent the past eight seasons in both the Rays and Braves minor league systems. Last season he spent most of his time at Double-A Mississippi going 1-2 with a 4.93 ERA. Most notably he has thrown two minor league no-hitters, his first with Low-A Bowling Green in 2011, and his second with Double-A Montgomery in 2013. He will be opposed by longtime Blue Crab Gaby Hernandez who makes his first start of the season. Last season against York he went 1-2, with a 3.73 ERA in 24.1 IP. Last time he faced the Revs threw a complete game, allowing 1 earned run, and striking out eight, in a 11-1 victory Sept. 5th.

Game 2 (Wed 6:35 p.m.) — LHP Chris Cody (0-0, 0.00)  vs. RHP   Justin De Fratus (0-1, 0.00)

Chris Cody will make his first start for the Revs since June 24th, 2014, also against the Blue Crabs. He was a tough luck loser in that game, allowing just one earned run over seven innings, while striking out nine. Now back from a two year stint in Taiwan, and a year rehabbing from injury, Cody once again will toe the slab for the Revs at Regency Furniture Stadium. He is opposed by Justin De Fratus who took the loss opening day, allowing two unearned runs in six innings. De Fratus pitched in 191 major league games for the Phillies from 2011-2015.

Game 3 (Thu 6:35 p.m.) — LHP Frank Gailey (1-0, 1.80)  vs. LHP Pat Misch (0-0, 27.00)

Frank Gailey got the opening night nod for the Revs in New Britain, picking up the win. He went five innings, allowing five hits, striking out four, and did not walk a batter. Last season Gailey led Revs starters with a 3.14 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 123.1 innings pitched. Pat Misch was an enemy of the weather in his first start, as he was pulled following a rain delay of 1:07, after just a half an inning of play. He allowed three runs on three hits, but took the no decision as Southern Maryland would come back to get the win.

The Revs and Blue Crabs will meet 19 times this season. York won the season series last year, going 14-6, with identical 7-3 records at both Regency Furniture Stadium and People’sBank Park. Listen to all three games on 1350 WOYK beginning each night at 6:15 p.m. with Darrell Henry and Matt Present on the call.


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.

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The Revs Edged the Bees 4-3 to Open the 2016 Season

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.

Roster Breakdown

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

PITCHERS 17 POSITION PLAYERS 13 AGE (opening day)
RHP 11 C 2 High 34
LHP 6 INF 6 Low 23
AVG Height 6’3 OF 5 AVG 28
AVG Weight 216
BATS:
PRO EXPERIENCE: RHB 7
MLB 7 LHB 3 New 18
AAA 11 SH 3 Returning 12
AA 6
A 5 AVG Height 6’0
IND 1 AVG Weight 191

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..


Wilson Signs With Rangers

Josh Wilson photo by Joe Doll

It seemed as though something was up when Josh Wilson, originally scheduled to start at shortstop in Tuesday’s spring training contest in Lancaster, was not on the field.  The infield situation grew a bit more hairy when shortstop Ryan Dent was forced to exit due to injury after a collision on a slide at second base in the first inning.  Following the contest, an 8-4 loss that dropped York’s spring record to 2-2-1, Mark Mason announced that Dent would only miss a couple of days with the ankle injury.  All things considered, that’s good news and it sounds as though he’ll be back quickly.  The other piece of news, and even though it’s a departure for the Revs, it’s certainly good news, is that Wilson had been signed by the Texas Rangers, and would be heading to Triple-A Round Rock the next day. (more…)


Revs Coaching Tree Continues to Blossom

Mark Hendrickson (pictured), Salvador Paniagua join the minor league coaching ranks

For several years now, former teammates of Mark Hendrickson encouraged the 6-foot-9-inch pitcher to get into coaching. Former skipper Buck Showalter was noted as trying to push Hendrickson into the coaching ranks as early as 2012. So the fact that Hendrickson was recently named the pitching coach of the Aberdeen Ironbirds, Low-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, is not surprising. The fact that Hendrickson’s pro career did not begin in baseball, most certainly is.

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Mike DeMark Makes Team Italy’s Roster for the 2017 World Baseball Classic

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The 16 teams participating in the 2017 World Baseball Classic unveiled their rosters yesterday, and Revs all-time saves leader Mike DeMark made the cut for Team Italy. DeMark set season and career records last year here in York while showcasing his pitching talents night after night for fans at PeoplesBank Park. DeMark first joined the Revs in 2011 and made 13 appearances that season before moving to the AA level to pitch with the Mobile BayBears in the Southern League. That same year he advanced to the AAA level and began pitching for the Reno Aces, an affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

He stayed in Reno until 2012 before moving to the Mexican Pacific Winter League and the Texas League. After a couple of seasons traveling around North and South America playing in different leagues, DeMark made his way back to York for the 2014 season. Last year in York, DeMark set club and career records with his outstanding performance on the mound. His ERA was a spectacular 0.76 over 47.2 innings and 47 games pitched. He had an amazing 35 saves last season, which put him at a total of 39 while wearing a Revs uniform, making him the club’s all-time saves leader. He also threw 62 strikeouts and had a 0.692 WHIP to finish out season in York.


Cody’s Comeback Highlights First Revolution Signings of 2017 Season

revsPounds Returns for Third season, Thomas Added to Outfield

(February 8, 2017, York, Pa.) — The York Revolution revealed last night their first signings for the 2017 season, including the return of the greatest left-handed pitcher in club history and their All-Star third baseman. As announced by Revs manager Mark Mason on “Revs Hot Stove Weekly, presented by Shipley Energy” on SportsRadio 1350 WOYK, the Revolution have re-signed Chris Cody and Bryan Pounds and added outfielder Brandon Thomas as the first three signings for the upcoming campaign.

Cody returns to York for the first time since the 2014 season. Selected to the Revs’ 10th Anniversary Team last winter and listed among the “Franchise Four” as one of the top four performers through the franchise’s first decade, Cody enters his fifth season with York ranking second in Revolution history in wins (39), starts (86), innings (513.2), and strikeouts (379), trailing only former teammate and fellow “Franchise Four” nominee Corey Thurman in each category.

Cody won at least nine games in each of his three full seasons in York, including 10 victories in 2012 and a team-record 15 wins in 2013. Cody also set franchise records in innings (176.0) and strikeouts (139) during the 2013 season, leading the league in both categories, while his 3.12 ERA stands as the third lowest in a season in team history.

Cody spent parts of the 2014 and 2015 seasons pitching in Taiwan and returns to York after spending the 2016 season rehabbing from injury.

“We’re really excited to bring Chris back,” said Mason. “He’s not only a great addition on the field but one of the all-time fan favorites that we’ve had in York. He’s been throwing hard and working, getting ready to play.”

The 2017 season will be Cody’s 11th as a pro. The Brewster, NY, native was originally an eighth round draft pick of the Detroit Tigers in 2006 and ascended as high as the Triple-A level with the Milwaukee Brewers organization. The 33-year-old also pitched in the Atlanta Braves organization in 2011 after having his contract purchased from York. Cody is 82-67 with a 3.45 ERA over his professional career in the United States.

Pounds was one of the league’s most clutch performers last season, notching a stunning eight last at-bat game-winning hits, a club record, for a Revs team that posted its third most victories in franchise history with 76. Overall, Pounds batted .331 with runners in scoring position and totaled 13 home runs, 26 doubles, and 69 RBI to go with a .250 overall mark at the plate. The third baseman was selected to the Atlantic League’s Red, White and Blue All-Defense Team at season’s end.

The 2017 season will be Pounds’ third in York and fourth in the Atlantic League. He was an All-Star selection for Camden in 2014 and again for York in 2015. The Houston native began his career in the Detroit Tigers organization, where he spent his first five seasons, reaching Triple-A Toledo in 2011 and 2012.

“Bryan is one of my favorite players that I’ve ever been around,” said Mason. “He’s a great person, very talented, brings it every night, and has the right approach. He plays a really good third base and obviously had some of the most clutch hits for us all season last year. It was uncanny.”

Thomas enters his first season in the Atlantic League in 2017. The 26-year-old was an eighth round draft pick of the New York Yankees out of Georgia Tech in 2013, spending his first three seasons in the Yankees farm system, where he totaled 140 hits, 12 home runs, and 39 steals. The Atlanta native played for Gateway of the Frontier League last season, belting 11 home runs with 42 RBI and 18 stolen bases in 19 attempts over 95 games played.

“He’s got a great arm, he can hit, he can run,” commented Mason. “I think he’ll be a good addition to us.”

The Revolution will continue to unveil preseason signings live each week on “Revs Hot Stove Weekly, presented by Shipley Energy”, with the next episode set to air on Monday, February 13, at 6:30 p.m. immediately following “The Baltimore Baseball Show” on SportsRadio 1350 WOYK.


Baseball Loses One of Its Greats

andy-marteSportsRadio 1350 WOYK general manager and York Revolution play-by-play announcer Darrell Henry shares his unique insight on the recent loss of former Revs infielder Andy Marte.

Along with the rest of the baseball world, all of us at the York Revolution were heartbroken to learn of the passing of one of its greats, with the loss of Andy Marte this past weekend.  It was one of baseball’s darkest days in a long time, as of course his fellow countryman and budding star Yordano Ventura lost his life in a separate accident.

It’s always gut-wrenching to learn of the death of any young person in their prime, and whenever it happens in the sports world, it hits close to home.  Somewhere there is a team, just like ours, that loses one of its own, and you can’t help but put yourself in their shoes a little bit.  Obviously this weekend’s news hit right at home, as it feels like not long ago that Marte was suiting up for the Revs and mashing Atlantic League pitching on his return to the Majors.

Adding another layer to the heartbreak is the fact that Marte had planned to return to the Revs in 2017, having had talks with the coaching staff just days before his accident.  What a moment it would have been to welcome him back to the place where his MLB comeback began four years earlier.

Marte was already one of the greats in Revolution history, despite having not been in York for all that long.  It was August 4, 2013, when the Angels purchased his contract from York, after he had gone on a massive tear through the summer months that had him firmly entrenched as one of the top hitters in the Atlantic League, hardly a surprise given his pedigree.  One particular summer afternoon comes to mind: July 14, 2013, against Southern Maryland, when Marte bashed a pair of home runs including an extra innings game-winner.

But the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Marte actually isn’t his excellence on the field, but the impact that he had off of it.  Quiet by nature, Marte always struck me as sort of a gentle giant who simply led by example.  His approach and professionalism was admirable.  He was extremely highly respected by his teammates, and went about his work each day, embracing the Atlantic League as his road back to the majors.  Very respectful and friendly with teammates, fans, and anyone he came in contact with, he was truly one of the good guys, something that players across the game echoed on social media in the past couple of days when paying their tributes.

After suffering an injury that denied him a call-up that September, he signed with Arizona for the 2014 season, where he would make his return to the Majors that year.  He was called up on July 31, arriving at Chase Field after the game had started, and entered in the sixth inning of a game against Pittsburgh, blasting a pinch-hit home run in his first at-bat.  I remember how proud our coaching staff was that night here in York, as just a year earlier; he was doing the same in a Revolution uniform.

It was typical of Marte’s work ethic, that the day Mark Mason first called him at home in the Dominican Republic to sign him in 2013, Marte was hard at work tending to his livestock.  “They were cackling in the background or whatever sound they make,” recalled Mason.

It is tough to comprehend the loss of someone young, or of a professional athlete whose strength and skill make them seem invincible.  Most of all, our thoughts are with his family and those that were closest to him.

Sunday was among the most tragic days our sport has endured, and the baseball world is in mourning.  It’s clear that Marte had a profound impact on many during his time here and throughout his other travels in baseball, albeit far too short-lived.  But we are fortunate to have had him here along the way.  As one of our MLB alumni, his Diamondbacks banner still adorns the sidewalk along Brooks Robinson Plaza.

The game lost a great one on Sunday.  On and off the field, Andy Marte truly was one of the greats.