Good day Revs fans,
Thought it’d be a good time to do our first winter ball update and check in on how our guys are faring in the Caribbean where, let’s face it, we’d probably all like to be right about now.
First, some exciting news for a member of last year’s pitching staff (more…)
The Seattle Mariners selected the contract of former York Revolution left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler from Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday, the team announced.
Detwiler made his season debut for the Mariners last night, tossing 6.0 innings in relief against the Astros in Seattle. He gave up three runs and struck out two batters in his first Major League outing since Sept. 28, 2016.
“We’re very happy for Ross. I felt he was the best pitcher in the league at the time he was signed. What happened to him this season is exactly what our league is all about,” said Revs manager Mark Mason. “We wish him continued success and look forward to following his career moving forward.”
Detwiler becomes the 10th former Rev and eighth pitcher to reach the Major Leagues after spending time in York. He is the second former Rev to reach the Majors this season joining Edward Paredes, who made 15 relief appearances for the Dodgers. Joining more elite company, Detwiler is the fourth player to go from the Revs to the Majors in the same season; he joins outfielder Tike Redman (Orioles-2007), right-handed pitcher Shawn Hill (Blue Jays-2012) and right-handed pitcher Julio DePaula (Orioles-2014) in that group.
Detwiler, 32, began the 2018 season with the Revs, going 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 30.0 innings over six starts. His best start with the Revs was his last, when he racked up a Revs-season-high 11 strikeouts with no walks over 7.1 strong innings and earned the win against the Road Warriors on May 26.
The Mariners purchased his contract on May 31 and assigned him to Triple-A, where he logged 71.2 innings over 14 appearances (11 starts) before his big-league promotion on Tuesday.
The southpaw’s best start at Triple-A came on June 25 against Las Vegas when he worked 7.1 innings and allowed only one run on two hits with nine strikeouts and just two walks, and earned the win. He worked at least 6.0 innings in seven of his 11 starts and had seven quality starts, which included two stints with three straight quality starts.
The Mariners are Detwiler’s sixth Major League team. He spent parts of seven seasons with the Nationals from 2007-2014 before pitching in the Majors with the Rangers and Braves in 2015, and the Indians and Athletics in 2016. Detwiler had 23 wins and 352 strikeouts in 189 appearances (83 starts) over nine Major League seasons prior to his Tuesday call-up.
Story by Michael Marcantonini
Broadcaster/Media Relations Asst.
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.
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…)
As the calendar turns to December, it’s a good time for a winter ball update, focusing on Revs currently playing in the warmer climates. The winter leagues are filled with players who have played in the Atlantic League, but for the purpose of this update, we’ll focus primarily on Revs with the winter ball season roughly two months in. (more…)
Former York Revolution lefthander Edward Paredes was called up by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday and tossed a perfect eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins to earn the win in his Major League debut on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. Paredes becomes the ninth player in Revs history to reach the Major Leagues following his time in York, the third to make his MLB debut, and the first to earn the win in his big league debut. The 30-year-old pitched for the Revolution from 2013-2015. (more…)
By: Matt Present
Editor’s Note: Shortly after this article was published, Josh Wilson was traded from Texas to Cleveland, and now plays for AAA Columbus.
Josh Wilson was the first player to commit to returning to the Revs this offseason. Manager Mark Mason thought that following Wilson’s 18th professional season the infielder might be headed towards retirement, but Wilson knew he had something left in the tank.
“During a phone conversation I said, ‘I know this is more of a formality thing, but you’re done playing right?’” recalls Mason. “And he said ‘heck no I’m not done playing, I’ve already been in the gym for two weeks!’”
The former big leaguer returned to York ready to contribute as the Revs everyday shortstop, while remaining not too far from his hometown of Pittsburgh.
However just three days before opening day, Wilson got a phone call. The Revs were getting suited up to face Lancaster in their final exhibition game of the season, and Wilson was penciled in as the starting shortstop. But he never emerged from the tunnel as he was already in a car back to York, in a hurry to pack his bags and get to the airport the following morning. He’d been signed by the Rangers. Wilson was headed to Triple-A Round Rock where he had played 92 games in 2014.
“It all happened pretty quickly,” said Wilson, “and it was definitely unexpected. My agent called me after batting practice and told me he might have a job for me, and thirty minutes later he called again and said the Rangers wanted to sign me.”
Not only did Wilson return to a familiar team, but his manager, Jason Wood, was once a teammate of his, back when the two played for the Marlins Triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque in the mid-2000s. Wilson was excited to reunite with Wood, and said that the Rangers are one of the few franchises that still look to bring in veterans from outside the organization. With this relationship and philosophy in mind, and a couple of injuries to the Express squad, Round Rock became the perfect fit.
York opened the season April 21st in New Britain, and that same day, Wilson made his debut for the Express, going 1-3 with a sacrifice fly in a loss to the Omaha Storm Chasers. Now twenty games into his season Wilson has stayed hot at the plate, batting well over .300 while playing second base, third base, and shortstop in Round Rock. While he did spend a week on the disabled list with a tight quad, Wilson hasn’t missed a beat, hitting four home runs and driving in 16 so far this season.
“It’s been awesome,” said Wilson. “I’ve been playing really well, and it’s been rejuvenating to get signed, I really wasn’t expecting that.”
The former third round draft pick of the then-Florida Marlins is now playing alongside players as young as 22 years of age, in other words, fourteen years his junior, but Wilson said he just tries to blend in, noting that his teammates have kept him current on music and pop culture. The veteran infielder just feels lucky to be out on the field, still living the dream. He plans to retire at the end of the season, but said that he wants to remain a part of the game, and has explored pursuing opportunities as a scout, or in a front office. Regardless of what path he decides to take, he said he wouldn’t be where he is now without his time in York.
“It was probably one of the best things I ever did,” said Wilson. “Honestly, going and playing in the Atlantic League, you really learn how much love and care guys have for the game, it was a really good reminder for me. Playing in York completely changed my perspective. I stopped worrying about what happened if I played well, or didn’t play well. I just went out and played. It was life changing. I just relaxed and had fun like I was in Little League again, and that experience has definitely carried into this season.”
While Wilson may no longer be present in the Revs clubhouse, he certainly left an impact on his teammates.
“From the experience that he had, guys looked up to him,” said former Revs third baseman Bryan Pounds, who played alongside Wilson on the left side of the York infield last season. “I think it’s also the way he plays the game, he plays the game hard, and coming in and just being another one of the guys.”
Pounds remembers many a late night, sitting around with Wilson and a couple of other guys, just chatting about baseball and life in general.
“When you get to play with a big leaguer, and someone that is down to earth like Josh it’s a really cool thing,” added Pounds.
“When he walked out of our clubhouse this year, we lost a leader amongst the players,” said Mason, “and that was a hit that we felt, and in some ways are still trying to recover from.” However, the skipper is also quick to point out that because of how Wilson carried himself, and his eagerness to share his knowledge with his teammates, many of them have become better, just from being around him.