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.
(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.
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.
Piggy-backing off of a strong performance with the Revs in 2016, Jose Arredondo is garnering interest from multiple Major League clubs including the New York Mets while pitching in Venezuela this winter, according to this New York Daily News report.
Through December 25, Arredondo is only 1-4, but sports a 3.62 ERA in 30 games for Bravos de Margarita this off-season (27.1 IP, 23 H, 12 R, 11 ER, 15 BB, 28 SO). Last season, Arredondo went 1-2 with a 2.25 ERA in 35 games with York.
The Revs, of course, already have a bullpen alum who went on to pitch for the Mets as Scott Rice did so in 2013-14, before returning to York where he was Arredondo’s teammate last summer. We’ll continue to keep an eye on Arredondo’s progress.
Former York Revolution lefty Edward Paredes has signed with the Detroit Tigers for the 2017 season, joining his second MLB organization since his time in York. Paredes was outstanding at the Double-A level with the Arkansas Travelers in the Angels system last year, going 2-2 with a 2.27 ERA in 46 outings and being selected to the Texas League All-Star Game. The 30-year-old finally got an opportunity after three excellent seasons in York (2013-15), where he went 9-6 with a 3.00 ERA in 131 career appearances. Hat tip to former Revs marketing guru Paul Braverman, who pointed out that he had a teammate with the Travelers, Eduardo Paredes, also a lefty, who has been promoted to the Angels’ 40-man roster. They are, in fact, two different humans.
After a successful 2016 season spent in York, the next step on the comeback trail for Micah Owings will take him to the Seattle Mariners organization. Owings announced his signing with Seattle on Twitter, Monday afternoon.
The Major League veteran returned to professional baseball for the first time since the 2014 season with the Revs, and embraced York as his summer home as well as the Atlantic League as his path back to the big leagues where he has pitched for parts of six years with the Diamondbacks, Reds, and Padres. The 34-year-old was one of the on-field and clubhouse leaders of a Revolution squad that won 76 games, three shy of the franchise record.
Owings will join the Mariners where he will look to complete a five-year big league comeback in 2017, having last pitched in the Majors with San Diego in 2012.
We caught up with Owings by phone on Tuesday morning and got his thoughts on time well-spent in York: (more…)
Officially beginning their quest for a third Atlantic League pennant, the York Revolution (76-64) opens the best-of-five Freedom Division Championship Series tonight against the Sugar Land Skeeters (74-66). Game 1 from Constellation Field begins at 8:05 p.m. EDT. Pregame coverage on SportsRadio 1350 WOYK with Darrell Henry beings 20 minutes prior to first pitch.
The Sugar Land Skeeters won the second half of the Freedom Division with a 39-31 record, three games better than the second-place Revs. The Skeeters are in the playoffs for the third time in their five-year history. Sugar Land last made the postseason in 2014, falling to Lancaster in the Atlantic League Championship Series.
The second-half champion Skeeters will host Games 1 and 2 tonight and tomorrow. After a travel day on Thursday, the Revs host Game 3 on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Games 4 and 5 (if necessary) at 6:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Right-hander James Simmons (11-9, 4.36) gets the nod for the Revs in Game 1; he will square off with Skeeters righty Sean Gallagher (10-8, 3.79). Simmons made starts in all six series against Sugar Land, going 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA (35 IP, 21 ER). He fared better at Constellation Field, where he went 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA (18.2 IP, 8 ER). Gallagher made two starts against the Revs, going 1-0 with a 3.97 ERA (11.1 IP, 5 ER).
Game 2 will feature a matchup of York RHP Micah Owings (7-6, 4.30) and Sugar Land LHP Aaron Thompson (9-5, 3.98). Lefty Frank Gailey (6-5, 3.13) has been announced as the Revs’ Game 3 starter, while the Skeeters have not named one yet.
The Season Series
The Skeeters won the season series over the Revs, 12-8. While the teams split the 10 matchups at PeoplesBank Park, Sugar Land made its bones at home, winning seven out of 10 at Constellation Field. The Revs are 38-62 against the Skeeters (40-65 including playoffs), and their .380 winning percentage is their lowest against any active Atlantic League club.
Despite the losing record, several of the Revs’ biggest season wins – and Bryan Pounds’ key moments – came at the expense of the Skeeters.
May 14 at York – On a night when York retired the number of pitcher Corey Thurman, the Revs and Skeeters played a game that would give Thurman and other pitchers nightmares. The Revs were down 3-2 before hammering five runs in the fifth, highlighted by Bryan Pounds’ bases-clearing double, to go up 7-3. Sugar Land responded with a five-run inning of its own in the top of the sixth, then added three more in the seventh to go up 11-7. York stormed back in the bottom of the eighth with six runs; Pounds again provided the pop with a go-ahead two-run homer over the Arch Nemesis. Mike DeMark pitched a perfect ninth for the save and the Revs ended the tumultuous night with a 13-11 win in a game that took over four hours.
June 12 at Sugar Land – Down 4-2 in the top of the seventh, the Michael Rockett brought home a run with a two-out RBI single, putting two men on for Joel Guzman. Following the principle that “Everything is Bigger in Texas,” the Gooz cracked a towering three-run home run to deep left field. The Revs won 6-4, and NORAD is still tracking Guzman’s blast somewhere over Botswana.
July 24 at Sugar Land – Down 7-4 after eight innings and with Skeeter closer Derek Loop taking the hill for the ninth, York looked dead in the water on this midsummer Sunday night. Little did they know the floodgates were about to open. Down to their final strike several times, the Revs tied it on Kevin Rivers’ two-out RBI single and took the lead on Pounds’ RBI single. When the flood subsided the Revs had seven runs home – one of several seven-run ninths for York in 2016 – and escaped East Texas with a stunning 11-7 win.
August 23 at York – With Sugar Land poised to take the second half Freedom Division or a wild card, the final Revs-Skeeters series of the regular season took on a playoff atmosphere. The first game did not disappoint as the teams traded the lead five times. Down 6-5 in the eighth, the Skeeters snagged the lead on ex-Rev Johan Limonta’s pinch-hit two-run homer over the Arch Nemesis. Facing Loop in the bottom of the ninth, the Revs again put their rally caps to work. Perez, Rivers, and Rockett led off with three straight singles to load the bases, and Brandon Chaves worked out a full-count walk to force in the tying run. After a strikeout, Pounds came up as a pinch hitter and grounded an 0-2 curveball to the left side of the infield that shortstop Josh Prince mishandled. Rivers came in to score and Pounds was again the walk-off hero.
Pounds was King Clutch for the Revs in 2016, but none more so than against the Skeeters. Of his eight game-winning hits in York’s last at-bat, three game against Sugar Land.
York and Sugar Land have met in the playoffs once before, coming together for a classic Freedom Division Championship Series in 2014. The teams split the first two at Constellation Field: the Revs rode seven scoreless innings from Alain Quijano to a 5-0 win in Game 1, while the Skeeters rebounded to win Game 2, 9-2.
Game 3 at then-Santander Stadium featured perhaps the most noteworthy moment in Revolution playoff history: Sean Smith’s eighth-inning game-tying solo home run and the subsequent “Hop Seen ’Round the World.” Limonta singled with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th to give the Revs a dramatic 3-2 win.
Gallagher and Logan Williamson engaged in a classic pitchers’ duel in Game 4 and the game went into extra innings scoreless. Sugar Land finally broke through in the top of the 10th on a Dominic Ramos RBI single, winning 1-0 to tie the series.
A decisive Game 5 saw the Revs explode for three runs in the bottom of the first. York led 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth and seemed poised for more, but a controversial double play call ended the inning and shifted the momentum to Sugar Land. The Skeeters responded with a four-run top of the fifth, taking the lead on Ryan Langerhans’ two-run triple. The Revs got the tying and winning runs on base in the bottom of the ninth, but Salvador Paniagua grounded into a game-ending double play and the Skeeters escaped York with the game and the series, 5-3.