Ross Detwiler was promoted to the Majors with the White Sox on Friday and earned his first MLB win since 2016 in his start against the Minnesota Twins, allowing just two runs in five innings. He has also become the first in Atlantic League history to go from the ALPB to the Majors in the same season twice. Here is the full write-up on Detwiler’s call up, written prior to his start on Friday night. (more…)
(May 20, 2019, York, Pa.) — The York Revolution is proud to announce that former Revs left-hander Ryan Feierabend has been promoted to the Major Leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays, having earned the start against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago on Saturday afternoon. (more…)
A pair of former Revs infielders continue to advance their coaching careers with one earning his first managerial gig and the other heading to Triple-A. (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
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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.
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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…)
Although there’s recent evidence to the contrary, we are not turning into a L.A. Angels and Arizona Diamondbacks blog. (Five of the last seven posts before this one involved one of those two organizations.)
While a lot of former Revolution players are ending up with those two organizations as either players or coaches, this news breaks that trend. Yet another former Rev is carving out a nice minor league coaching career for himself. Former infielder Liu Rodriguez (’09-’12) is entering his third season as a coach for the Milwaukee Brewers, and will be the hitting coach this season for their rookie ball affiliate, the Helena (Montana) Brewers of the Pioneer League.
It’s a York Revolution reunion on the coaching staff of the Inland Empire 66ers, the High-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, in San Bernadino, California.
While former Revs first baseman Chad Tracy (’13-’14) was being promoted from the Halos Low-A manager to High-A skipper, his former Revolution teammate Michael Wuertz (’13-14), was being hired by the organization as a minor league pitching coach. The two will both be with Inland Empire for the 2016 season.
Tracy, who after nine pro seasons and one managing is only 30, will have eight seasons of MLB playing experience on his staff with Wuertz, who is 37. Wuertz spent the final two seasons of his career with York, appearing in 71 games. Prior to an injury-shortened 2014, Wuertz seemed primed for a possible Major League comeback after missing all of 2012; in 2013 he was one of the top middle relievers in the Atlantic League. In 53 games and 50.1 innings, he posted a 2.86 ERA and struck out 62 batters, and tossed in six saves for good measure.
After three seasons with the New York Mets, former Revolution lefty reliever Scott Rice has signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He’ll aim to reach the Majors for the first time since 2014, lest he be assigned to Triple-A Reno coming out of spring training. Rice is on a minor league deal, for now.
While most saw the news first on the Twitter account of Yahoo! Sports baseball writer Jeff Passan, Rice for all intents and purposes broke the news himself hours earlier, with the semi-cryptic tweet above, rife with clever emoji use.
Former York Revolution infielder Keoni DeRenne (’07-’09) is entering his fifth season as a minor league coach in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, and will serve as hitting coach for the A-Advanced Bradenton Marauders of the Florida State League in 2016. DeRenne spent the last two seasons as hitting coach for the West Virginia Power of the Class A South Atlantic League. Bradenton also serves as Pittsburgh’s spring training and rookie ball complex.
DeRenne first joined the Pirates prior to the 2011 season, following his retirement as a player-coach for the Philadelphia Phillies, working/playing with four different affiliates from Class A to Triple-A in 2010. He has even garnered some managing experience, skippering the Pirates entry in the Dominican Summer League in 2013.
For many players, baseball is a year-round vocation. That’s certainly true for several players with ties to the Revolution and other Atlantic League clubs. If you want to check out stats and other familiar names you can spot on rosters, the main page for MLB-sanctioned winter leagues is here.
Winter ball teams are a diverse collection of players of different achievement level and most notably age; it’s a melting pot of career minor leaguers, established Major Leaguers and some of the game’s brightest young stars. For example, Minnesota Twins super-prospect Miguel Sano plays for Estrellas de Oriente in the Dominican Republic, while Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, who beat out Sano for the American League Rookie of the Year award, plays in his native Puerto Rico for Indios de Mayaguez.
On the other side of that coin, ageless wonders Brad Penny (Navegantes del Magallanes, 14 MLB seasons) and Freddy Garcia (Tigres de Aragua, 15 MLB seasons) are each still pitching in Venezuela during the off-season. There are countless more examples of each extreme, so happy browsing. Here is the list of Revolution players (mostly pitchers) soaking up the sun this fall and winter:
Major League Baseball grants free agency to all players with expiring contracts five days after the conclusion of the World Series, granted that player hasn’t re-signed with their organization. In the case of players who had their contracts purchased from an Atlantic League team, their release is automatic following the World Series. That’s just a point of procedure, and not necessarily a comment on how that player performed. Five former Revolution players, and several other Atlantic League alums are now in one of those two categories:
OF Shannon Wilkerson (’15, Twins): Upon joining Double-A Chattanooga from York on July 9, Wilkerson made an immediate impact with his new club with a hot start, not unlike his first days with the Revolution in late May. He ended up being a fixture in Chattanooga’s lineup as leadoff hitter, and helped them to the Southern League Championship. Wilkerson’s .292/1 HR/22 RBI showing in 49 games with Chattanooga in his age 26 season should go a long way in Minnesota’s considerations to re-sign him. If not, it won’t be long before he finds work elsewhere. If he were available to the Revolution either before or following spring training, he almost certainly would be signed by Manager Mark Mason.
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.
When the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched the National League West on September 29, former York Revolution pitcher Ian Thomas (’12) was a part of the clubhouse celebration, a member of the Dodgers expanded September roster. Thomas is the first former Rev to be on an MLB roster when that team clinched a playoff spot.
Last season, former Revs catcher Octavio Martinez (’11), who is in his third season as a member of the Washington Nationals Major League coaching staff, was a part of their NL East clinching celebration, but it’s Thomas who will hold the distinction of being the first Rev to enjoy a big league champagne and Budweiser shower. Thomas is the second former York player to be part of an MLB playoff team at any point in the season; last year RHP Julio DePaula (’13-’15) was on the Orioles Major League roster for one game, but not with the club when they celebrated clinching the AL East.
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.
The jersey number former York Revolution pitcher Ian Thomas (’12) has worn in his two Major League seasons with the Braves and Dodgers will now carry some coincidental significance; by pitching one third of an inning on September 15 during the 16-inning game between Colorado and Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium, Thomas was part of a game which featured a MLB-record 58 players used. 24 pitchers were used in the game, also a big league-record.
Tied 3-3 in the top of the 10th with two out, Thomas came in and retired the only man he faced, Rockies slugger Carlos Gonzalez on a ground out to short. It always seems to happen in marathon extra-inning games: Each team scored a run in the 11th to keep the game going. After Colorado’s DJ LeMahieu put the Rockies ahead with a one-out RBI single to center, staffed at the time by Lancaster native Chris Heisey, it was Heisey who returned the favor with a one-out run-scoring infield single of his own to extend the game. Go figure there ends up being a York and Lancaster connection to this bit of Major League history.
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.
After 40 games with the Revolution this season, outfielder Shannon Wilkerson’s contract was purchased by the Minnesota Twins on July 9; the first time the Twins had ever purchased an active player off York’s roster, and the first time Minnesota had ever signed a former Rev, period.
Once he reported to Double-A Chattanooga, Wilkerson got off to a blistering start, not dissimilar to his torrid start with the Revolution. In 18 games between July 10 and August 2, Wilkerson hit his way to a high-water mark of .324. In 27 games total with Chattanooga as of August 12, Wilkerson was getting on base at a .333 clip, and had driven in eight runs with 10 walks and four doubles as Chattanooga’s leadoff man.
Revolution starting pitcher Shawn Hill has departed but is still planning to play somewhere. The news came down the day after his final start for York, a 6-5 loss at Camden on August 1. Hill helped the Canadian Senior National Team to their second gold medal in as many Pan-Am Games with a six-inning shutout of Cuba last month, and pauses his season despite winning two of his three starts for the Revs after re-joining the club from Team Canada. Hill allowed just an earned run in each, a five-inning performance in a 5-1 win at Long Island on July 21, and a six-inning effort in a 5-3 home win against Camden on July 26. Hill turned 34 in April, and said he does not plan to retire yet.
Although Hill departs York for the second time in his career having appeared in just 24 total games for the Revolution (22 starts), he’s made his mark as one of the more important players in Revs history:
The Revolution have added a Major League piece and a left-handed bat to their offense as they near the end of their mid-season rebuild, and try to contend in a jumbled Freedom Division second half race.
Outfielder Jose Constanza has been added, who will likely bat leadoff. A veteran of 112 Major League games with the Atlanta Braves over four seasons (2011-2014), Constanza batted a very solid .273 in the big leagues, including a .303 showing in 42 games in his MLB debut in 2011. Constanza began this season in the Cincinnati Reds organization, playing in 41 games at Triple-A Louisville.
Constanza, 31, was originally signed by the Cleveland Indians as an amateur out of his native Dominican Republic in 2005. He signed as a minor league free agent with the Braves after his original six-year contract with the Indians expired, where he reached Triple-A Columbus in 2010 and hit .319 in 113 games. Constanza is a career .300 hitter in 522 career Triple-A games, predominately with Atlanta’s affiliate in Gwinnett, GA during the four years he spent back and forth from the Majors. He should add quite a bit to the York running game, with a career total of 316 stolen bases upon joining the Revs (MLB and minors combined), in his 11th professional season.
And if you think the photo above is a cool shot, wait until you see the one waiting for you after the jump:
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.
Mark Mason has added some hard-throwing, right-handed depth to his bullpen with the addition of Luis Perdomo, who has pitched in 51 Major League games. Perdomo, 31, first signed with the Cleveland Indians in 2006, but made his MLB debut with the San Diego Padres in 2009, appearing in 35 games out of their bullpen. He also enjoyed big league call-ups in 2010 with San Diego (one game) and 15 games with the Minnesota Twins in 2012, his most recent Major League action.
Perdomo has posted a respectable 4.50 ERA in the Majors, striking out 63 batters in 78 innings pitched. As a minor leaguer, he’s the owner of a 3.90 career ERA, with 65 saves. In 466 minor league innings, he’s accumulated 430 strikeouts. Last season the Dominican Republic native was with Campeche of the Mexican League and is in his 10th professional season.
Revolution starter Shawn Hill, even at age 34, continues to demonstrate he’s still a go-to option for the Canadian Senior National team, even a couple years after he was at the top of their rotation for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
After making a start in an exhibition game against Team USA on July 4 in preparation for the Pan-Am Games in Toronto, Hill made his first start of the tournament July 14 against Cuba. Hill tossed six shutout innings, walking only one, and allowed just three hits in Canada’s 3-1 victory. The win improved Canada to 4-0 in round robin play, their other wins coming against the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Nicaragua. The Canadians will finish their preliminary schedule against Puerto Rico on July 16 and the United States on July 17.
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.