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Revolution Players Earn League Honors

(October 19, 2018, York, Pa.) — Three Revolution leaders earned post-season honors from the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, the team announced today.

Outfielder Melky Mesa was named to the league’s Post-Season All-Star Team. Second baseman Alexi Casilla and Outfielder Jared Mitchell were named to the Red, White, and Blue All-Defensive Team, which commemorates the red and blue stitched Rawlings baseball that was adopted as the league’s official baseball in 2015. (more…)


Mitchell signs with Reds

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Outfielder Jared Mitchell, a key member of the 2016 York Revolution playoff club and the 2017 championship squad, has signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds for the 2018 season, it was announced today.

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The results are in…

With the fourth overall pick, the Revs selected infielder Jose Cuevas

The York Revolution made their first moves toward constructing the 2018 roster, selecting four former members of the Bridgeport Bluefish in the Atlantic League’s player dispersal draft on Wednesday morning.  While none of the three players will officially become members of the 2018 Revs until signing a contract once the signing period opens in the new year, the Revs do hold their Atlantic League rights and will have exclusive negotiating rights with those players through the off-season. (more…)


First player news of 2018

We had lost sight of sharing information through this particular platform during the course of the past baseball season, but with off-season news ahead, and believe it or not, mere hours away, now is as good of a time as any to relaunch and once again start posting here on BlogtoBlog.  Given this off-season’s franchise movement, we have a unique twist to kick off the 2018 preseason, as we will have player news for next season beginning tomorrow. (more…)


Edward Paredes signs with Angels

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The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hardly packed it in early for the holiday, working right up until Thursday when they signed Revolution left-handed reliever Edward Paredes to a minor league contract.

This is a great development for Paredes’ career, as despite entering his ninth professional season, he’s only 29.  Paredes spent almost three full seasons with the Revolution, and grew into one of the better middle-relief southpaws in the Atlantic League.  In 131 career games with York (141 innings), his ERA is exactly 3.00, with a nearly 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio.  The Villa Arriva, Dominican Republic native averaged better than a strikeout per inning with the Revs, fanning 152 during his time in the White Rose City.  Paredes struck out a remarkable 73 batters in just 57 innings in 2015.

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New Britain goes with Bees

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We have a name and logo for the newest Atlantic League franchise is New Britain, Connecticut.  The “Bees” will host the Revolution on Opening Day 2016, April 21 at New Britain Stadium.

In addition to playing in the team’s inaugural series (four games), it won’t take long for the Revs and Bees to get acquainted, as York hosts New Britain to begin their second homestand of the season, May 10-15.  Those six games feature three against the Bees and the Sugar Land Skeeters, so bring your “fly” swatters but keep the infestation jokes to a minimum.

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2016 schedule released

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The 2016 Atlantic League schedule is out two weeks later than last year, due to the Camden Riversharks being replaced by the new organization in New Britain, CT.  It won’t be long before the Revolution get to know the ALPB’s first new franchise since 2012, as the Revs will play in their inaugural game on April 21.  York’s opening day will be April 28 against Sugar Land.  Download the printable calendar version of the 2016 schedule by CLICKING HERE.  (Game times TBA.)

Here’s the full press release, with the full schedule in list format after the jump:

YORK REVOLUTION RELEASE 10TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON SCHEDULE
#Revs10 begins Thursday, April 21 in New Britain, Connecticut; home opener is Thursday, April 28 vs. Sugar Land

(York, Pa.): The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball has released the 2016 schedule, with Opening Day set for Thursday, April 21. The York Revolution will open their 10th season of play that evening at New Britain Stadium in Connecticut, in the first game in franchise history for a yet-to-be-named new entry into the ALPB. After a seven game road trip to New Britain and Somerset to begin the season, York’s home opener is slated for Thursday, April 28 against the Sugar Land Skeeters.

2016 is the first season the Revolution will open on the road since playing in Sugar Land’s inaugural game in 2012. It will be the fifth time York has opened on the road overall. The opening homestand at Santander Stadium will last eight games, four against the Skeeters and the Bridgeport Bluefish through May 5.

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Requiem for the Riversharks: Camden ceases operations, to be replaced by New Britain in 2016

With the news earlier this month that newcomer New Britain, CT would play in the Atlantic League in 2016, it unfortunately meant a current league member would not, as the league is adamant about keeping an even number of franchises.  Otherwise, the all-travel Road Warriors would have to be reintroduced, a situation the league has not been in since 2011, and one with obvious burdens the ALPB does not wish to re-visit.

On October 21 it was announced the Camden Riversharks, after 15 seasons at Campbell’s Field across the river from Philadelphia, had ceased operations.  While it’s exciting to welcome a new league member in New Britain, made possible by the Double-A Eastern League franchise that had been calling their ballpark home relocating to nearby Hartford, it’s nonetheless disappointing to lose the second-closest team to York and a natural rival from the league lineup. The Riversharks’ lease at Campbell’s Field expired following the season, and was not successfully renegotiated.

Also falling by the wayside is the best setting in the Atlantic League, in the opinion of this humble writer, pictured above.  It was pretty cool to sit on the first base side at Campbell’s Field, where you get an awesome view of the Philadelphia skyline and the Delaware River under the Ben Franklin Bridge, which connects New Jersey and Philadelphia.  It was definitely one of the best settings for a game in pro baseball.

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First Atlantic League All-Defensive team named, Andres Perez is first baseman

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This year marks the first time the Atlantic League has named an all-defense team, and the 2015 season accolades continue to pile up for Andres Perez, who has been named the team’s first baseman.

Officially, the team is the “2015 Red, White and Blue All-Defense Team,” a nod to the vintage-inspired red and blue-stitched baseball introduced by Rawlings and the Atlantic League at this season’s All-Star Game in Bridgeport.  The ball, a homage to the red and blue-stitched ball used in the American League in the 1920s and 30s, was used for the remainder of the season and will be the official Atlantic League ball moving forward.  (Pictured below.)

Included in the All-Defense team is the “Rawlings Gold Glove Defensive Player of the Year Award” in the Atlantic League.  The inaugural winner is Long Island Ducks shortstop Dan Lyons.

Perez being named to the team is all the more impressive, considering he spent 2015 still transitioning to a new position, after earning All-ALPB honors at second base with the Revolution in 2012 and 2013.  Perez boasted a .990 fielding percentage this season, committing just eight errors in 135 games played.  He played in all but four games in 2015, started the first 51 games of the season, and played in the first 64 before being given a true day off.

The full team listing is after the jump, which includes the winner of Grounds Crew of the Year:

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Andres Perez & Bryan Pounds named 2015 All-Atlantic League

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The All-Atlantic League postseason all-star team has been announced, with two Revs earning accolades:  Andres Perez at first base and Bryan Pounds at third.

For Perez, it’s his third selection to the all-league team; he was honored as the ALPB’s top second baseman in 2012 and 2013 with the Revolution, before a position change and playing last season with the Sioux City Explorers in the American Association.  The honors were steady and numerous for Perez in 2015; he became the franchise career hits, RBI and doubles leader, and also took over the top spot on the Revolution all-time games played list.  After a slow start to the season, Perez slashed .291/16 HR/92 RBI on the season, his 92 RBI leading the Atlantic League, the third time in four years a York first baseman did so (Chris Nowak 2012 & Chad Tracy 2014).  Perez led the league in RBI by nine and was fourth in home runs, ascending to second on the Revolution career list, now just seven homers behind Nowak.  Perez was an easy choice for 2015 Revolution MVP, as selected by the team’s front office, as he also finished a team triple crown and earlier in the season started for the Freedom Division at first base in the Atlantic League All-Star Game at Bridgeport.

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Mikey Reynolds’ contract purchased by Cardinals

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The York Revolution has announced the Atlantic League contract of infielder Mikey Reynolds has been purchased by the St. Louis Cardinals. It marks the first time in the nine-year history of the Revolution that St. Louis has purchased the contract of a York player in-season, and Reynolds is the second former Rev to join the Cardinals organization.

Reynolds joined York shortly after the 2015 season began, signing with the Revolution on April 28 after his rights were acquired from the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks of the American Association a day earlier. Reynolds quickly became a fixture in the Revs lineup as the club’s primary leadoff man, with his average ascending to .346 by May 25. On that date however, Reynolds sustained a broken thumb on his throwing hand on a ground ball, and the injury sidelined him nearly seven weeks, as he returned to the lineup July 11.

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Thank you fans for a great 2015 season!

The video above is just a small token of our appreciation for what was a wonderful ninth season in Downtown York.  You may have heard rumblings by now, but big things are in store for next season when we’ll celebrate our 10th anniversary.  (CLICK HERE to vote for the 10th Anniversary team.)  As usual, Revolution fans were the truth during the 2015 season, and right through the final series against Somerset.  The second to last game of the season September 19 drew a season-high 6,291 fans to Santander Stadium (11-6 win), and a day later the season ended with the third-largest crowd of 2015, when the Little League National Champions from Red Land were in the house in front of 6,053 (7-3 win).

It says a lot about the fans when two of your three 6,000-plus crowds for the season are on the final two days when the team is out of the playoff race, but our most fervent fans know better than anyone the second half Revs were a much different club than the first half this season:

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Jose Constanza’s contract purchased by Rays, promotion to MLB imminent

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The York Revolution has announced that the Atlantic League contract of outfielder Jose Constanza has been purchased by the Tampa Bay Rays.  It marks the first time in the nine-year history of the Revolution that Tampa Bay has purchased the contract of a York player in-season.

As the Atlantic League continues to affirm itself in the highest levels of professional baseball with “Major League Ready” players, Constanza will be added to Tampa Bay’s 40-man Major League roster shortly, of which all players are eligible to play in the Major Leagues as of September 1 for the remainder of the regular season, per MLB rules.  After a short stint with the Triple-A Durham Bulls, whose season ends on September 7, it is likely Constanza will be promoted to the Rays to finish out the year in the Majors.  Doing so will make him the ninth former Revolution player to reach Major League Baseball.

Constanza will also become the first player to play in the Rays organization following a stint in York.  To date, in nine seasons the Revolution has placed a former player with 26 of the 30 MLB clubs with the addition of Tampa Bay (including in-season and off-season signings), leaving the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners, and New York Yankees as the only remaining organizations that have not employed a former York player.

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Ian Thomas makes first MLB start, earns win over Mets in New York (includes video link)

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Ian Thomas pitching at Citi Field in New York on Friday, July 24 in his first MLB start for the Dodgers against the Mets. Thomas also became the first former Revolution pitcher to start a Major League game. Earning the win, his line was: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K in a 7-2 Dodgers victory. PHOTO: Elsa/Getty Images.

In his third appearance with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the first Major League start for Ian Thomas also made the lefty the first former York Revolution pitcher to start a Major League game.  Thomas started July 24 against the Mets in New York, in place of Zack Grienke who was away from the Dodgers on the paternity list, to be with his wife as his first-born arrived.

It was a perfect storm of publicity for the former Revolution reliever (’12), between it being a Friday night, in New York City and subbing for the most dominant pitcher in baseball at the moment.  The fact Thomas is with a big market club certainly didn’t hurt either.

In his usual calm and collected manner, the 28-year-old delivered in the spotlight.  Over five innings, Thomas held the Mets to just three hits and one earned run, didn’t walk anyone and struck out five.  The only run against him was an RBI groundout to second by Mets super-prospect Michael Conforto in the fifth, as last year’s 10th overall draft pick made his Major League debut against Thomas, up right from Double-A.  The five Mets Thomas struck out:  Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy, Wilmer Flores, Lucas Duda and Danny Muno.  For video of those five punch outs and a couple of other highlights, CLICK HERE.  That video is narrated by by Charlie Steiner and former Dodgers pitching great (and former Bowling Green Falcon!) Orel Hershiser via the L.A. TV feed.  On the Mets broadcast, the Revolution were given a shoutout as one of Thomas’s former clubs by play-by-play man Gary Cohen, while Mets analyst Ron Darling gave the Revs coaching staff (manager Andy Etchebarren and then-pitching coach Mark Mason) credit for helping develop his change-up while he was in York in 2012.  The former Mets hurler did his homework before this particular broadcast.

In a 7-2 Dodgers triumph, which included a two-run Yasiel Puig homer and a three-hit, home run, two RBI night from former Met Justin Turner in support, Thomas earned his second Major League win, his first coming on April 27 of last year with the Braves in Atlanta against Cincinnati.

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Shannon Wilkerson’s contract purchased by Twins

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The York Revolution has announced that the Atlantic League contract of outfielder Shannon Wilkerson has been purchased by the Minnesota Twins. It marks the first time in the nine-year history of the Revolution that Minnesota has purchased the contract of a York player in-season.

Wilkerson will also become the first player to play in the Twins organization following a stint in York. To date, the Revolution has placed a former player with 25 of the 30 MLB clubs with the addition of Minnesota (including in-season and off-season signings), leaving the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees as the only remaining organizations that have not employed a former York player.

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Ian Thomas makes Dodger Stadium debut (with video link)

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After former Revolution LHP Ian Thomas (’12) was traded off the Atlanta Braves Major League roster to the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 27, he pitched in his first game with L.A. on June 2 at Colorado, becoming the first former Rev to play for two MLB clubs.  He made his MLB debut with Atlanta last season.

Thomas, who between the Braves and Dodgers has been back and forth between Triple-A and the Majors four times already this season, was re-called from Triple-A Oklahoma City yesterday in time to pitch a scoreless eighth and ninth against the Phillies in a 7-2 loss.  In his first appearance at Dodger Stadium (and his first official TV introduction by Vin Scully), Thomas faced seven batters without allowing a hit and walked one, and struck out Cody Asche in the eighth and Freddy Galvis to end the top of the ninth.

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Revolution play in 15th inning for first time, Sean Smith hits game-winning homer

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It’s a rather amazing statistic, but exactly a quarter of the way through their ninth season as a franchise, the York Revolution have finally played in the 15th inning, after a 4-3 victory at Long Island on May 31.  It’s an anomaly to make it through a single season without one game that long, let alone eight full seasons.

Adding to the intrigue was Sean Smith’s solo home run to put York ahead in the top of the 15th, which is no big deal except for the fact it was his first homer since…this one in last year’s postseason and the grueling rehab that came after it.  Josh Judy then entered for a tidy three up, three down 15th for the save, his seventh in as many opportunities.  The Revs used eight pitchers in the game, one short of tying a team record.

The Revolution had played 14-inning games five times previously (all losses), four of which were on the road.  The longest game innings-wise in Santander Stadium history remains a 7-4 loss to Somerset on May 6, 2013.  The 5/31 win over Long Island lasted four hours and 35 minutes, making it just the sixth-longest time-wise in franchise history.  That honor still belongs to the four hour, 57 minute, 14-inning marathon at Bridgeport on August 3, 2010, a 6-5 Revolution loss.

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Revolution release Corey Thurman

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This is the official press release from the Revolution regarding the transaction:

With Atlantic League rosters needing to be reduced to 25 active players on June 1, the York Revolution has released starting pitcher Corey Thurman. The transaction concludes the tenure of easily the most decorated player in franchise history. Thurman has 66 Atlantic League wins, all with the Revolution, placing him second on the league’s all-time win list.

Thurman, 36, first came to York for the 2008 season. Going 11-9 that year, he posted his first of four double-digit win seasons with the Revs. Thurman’s best two-season run came in 2011 and 2012, when he went a combined 27-6 those years, with a 3.58 ERA. Thurman was 66-50 career with York.

“Every decision we make with regards to our roster is a difficult one,” said Revolution Field Manager Mark Mason. “This decision was obviously the toughest, knowing how important Thurm is to our fans, our area, and to the history of this franchise. He’s a great competitor and has been a tremendous pitcher in in the Atlantic League,” Mason continued.

“Throughout my tenure here as pitching coach and manager, his contributions as a pitcher were obvious. The real intangibles; his work with young baseball players in York County, the joy he gave fans, and the way he motivated and cared about his teammates is what we’ll miss about him most,” said Mason.

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DePaula to Mexican League, Revolution sign former Oriole Brad Bergesen

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RHP Julio DePaula’s return to York wound up being short-lived, as his contract has been purchased by the Tijuana Toros of the Mexican League.  In nine games this year with the Revolution, he threw nine and a third innings, allowing 10 hits and four earned runs to go with nine strikeouts and three walks.  He converted two saves.

Right-hander Brad Bergesen has been signed in DePaula’s place.  Bergesen, who has pitched in four Major League seasons between 2009 and 2012 with Baltimore and Arizona, has 102 MLB appearances, and 59 starts.  He will be a reliever with the Revs, at least to begin.

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Former Rev Brian Burgamy makes Triple-A debut with Dodgers at 33

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You can always paint stories of minor league perseverance into the mosaic of baseball in this country, right next to your apple pie and Chevrolet.  A footnote transaction in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization the second week of May has significant meaning to the Atlantic League and the Revolution.

33-year-old 1B/3B/OF Brian Burgamy, who will turn 34 next month, was moved from Double-A Tulsa by the Dodgers to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday, the first time the veteran of 14 professional seasons reached that level. Burgamy was drafted by the Padres in the ninth round (265th overall) in 2002 out of Wichita State.

Burgamy reached Double-A with the Padres and Phillies, before playing in six Atlantic League seasons between 2008 and 2013, including 43 games with the Revolution in 2013 before he departed to Campeche of the Mexican League after posting a .345 average with nine home runs and 35 RBI.  Prior to the 2014 season, he inked a minor league deal with the Mets, spending the entire season at Double-A Binghamton, where he hit .276 with 23 homers and 76 RBI in 121 games, and won Eastern League Player of the Week honors twice.  With Burgamy’s veteran presence playing a key role, Binghamton captured the Eastern League Championship.

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Revolution complete first ever road sweep of Barnstormers

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The five-game losing streak which made the Revolution 3-7 following the season-opening homestand is a distant memory now.

A 5-2 victory at Lancaster on May 7, along with 5-3 and 6-1 triumphs the previous nights, gave York it’s first ever sweep of their cross-river rivals at Clipper Magazine Stadium.  Now leading this year’s War of The Roses series 5-2, the Revs improved to 89-74 all-time against the ‘Stormers.  (92-79 including postseason games.)

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Updated list of MLB to York in one season

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Throwback Thursday: Wayne Franklin pitched for the Astros, Brewers, Giants, Yankees and Braves in the Majors before joining the Revolution.

When RHP Julio DePaula re-signed with York after his brief MLB cameo with the Orioles last season, he became the ninth player to appear for the Revolution one season removed from being on a Major League roster.  The situation did not occur last season.  The current list:

2007:  Pitcher Wayne Franklin, with the Braves in 2006
2008:  Pitcher Aaron Rakers, with the Orioles in 2007
2008:  Infielder Shea Hillenbrand, with the Dodgers and Angels in 2007
2009:  Pitcher Rick Bauer, with the Indians in 2008
2009:  Pitcher Chris Britton, with the Yankees in 2008
2012:  Infielder Joe Thurston, with the Marlins in 2011
2013:  Outfielder Jason Repko, with the Red Sox in 2012
2013:  Outfielder Tyler Graham, with the Diamondbacks in 2012
2015:  Pitcher Julio DePaula, with the Orioles in 2014

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Former White Sox reliever Leyson Septimo added

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The Revolution has signed former White Sox reliever Leyson Septimo, and there is no corresponding roster move at the moment; York has 27 active players.  Atlantic League clubs are permitted 27 active until June 1, when it then must be 25 for the remainder of the season.  Septimo adds some left-handed bullpen depth with fellow southpaw Edward Paredes beginning the season on the inactive list with elbow tendinitis.

Septimo appeared in 21 Major League games with the White Sox in 2012, after beginning the season with top notch numbers at Triple-A Charlotte that year.  He struck out 43 in 34 innings there, posting a 1.31 ERA in 24 appearances.  As a match-up lefty in the big leagues, Septimo still struck out a batter an inning, posting 14 punch outs in 14.1 innings in 21 appearances for Chicago.

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Ian Thomas recalled by Braves

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Former York Revolution reliever Ian Thomas pitching at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia on April 14, 2014.

Former York Revolution reliever Ian Thomas (’12) is headed back to the big leagues.  He was recalled by the Atlanta Braves from Triple-A Gwinnett on April 21 to begin his third separate stint in the Majors with Atlanta since the beginning of last season.  In four minor league appearances so far this season, Thomas struck out seven without allowing a run or a walk, and allowed just one hit in 6.1 innings of work.

A season ago, Thomas made Atlanta’s opening day roster after spending all of the 2013 season at Double-A Mississippi, with no Triple-A experience.  He debuted on opening day in Milwaukee, then collected his first Major League strikeout against Bryce Harper in his second appearance in Washington.  Thomas spent the rest of 2014 back and forth between Atlanta and Gwinnett, gaining 16 MLB appearances out of the Braves bullpen, striking out 13 in 10.2 innings.

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