The York Revolution have added OF Dayron Varona and RHP Waldis Joaquin in advance of Wednesday’s game vs. Southern Maryland. Varona will make his debut in left field on Wednesday while Joaquin joins the Revolution bullpen. The team released OF Derrick Robinson and RHP Luis Guzman.
The York Revolution have added another bullpen arm, acquiring RHP Jay Gause who will be active for tonight’s series opener at Somerset. The 6’2, 260-pounder brings another power arm to the ‘pen, as he looks to restart his professional career. In a related move, the Revs have released MLB veteran Manny Corpas.
The big news from this past weekend was the addition of RHP Luis Guzman who makes his Revolution debut in game one of Tuesday’s doubleheader vs. New Britain, as well as the release of second-year DH Joel Guzman. The signing of Luis Guzman provides plenty of intrigue as the Revs embark on a stretch of 29 games in 28 days that will take the team through the conclusion of the first half and into the All-Star Break.
It has been an eventful week for the York Revolution, capped off last night with manager Mark Mason winning his 300th game as skipper of the Revs. Mason began his time at York as pitching coach for Andy Etchebarren in 2010, and surpassed his predecessor’s win total last season, picking up victory 238 on June 17th against Bridgeport.
Left handed reliever Jarret Martin was signed by the San Francisco Giants on Friday night. He will pitch for their AAA affiliate, the Sacramento River Cats, but if Martin picks up where he left off with the Revs, it may not be long before he joins the big league ball club. Martin had gone thirteen consecutive outings without allowing an earned run, recording saves in his last three appearances, and stuck out twenty in his last 10.1 innings pitched. He has also walked just one batter over his last six outings.
The Revs also announced the return of Ricardo Gomez this week. Last season Gomez led the team making 49 appearances, and posted a 2.31 ERA. Gomez is the Revs all-time ERA leader with a 2.34 mark in four seasons with the Revs. He began the year in Mexico, making 14 appearances for Leon.
Joining Gomez on the staff is a young right hander Chris Dula. Dula was originally drafted by Rangers in 2013 and played in their system since, reaching Single-A. He is a product of Catawba college where he won the triple crown as a batter and was named the Atlantic Conference Male Athlete of the Year. Now a pitcher, Dula sits in the mid 90s on the radar gun.
All goings at the moment. The Revs had been carrying 27 active players and three others inactive, and the cut-down date to get to 25 active players is this Thursday. The Revs had a fine finish to the weekend with a pair of comeback victories over the rival Skeeters, but despite that, Sunday was a bit somber after the game for many. (more…)
The York Revolution have announced that they have re-signed right handed relief pitcher Manny Corpas. The thirty-year-old enters his fifteenth professional season, and his second season in York. Last season he made 34 appearances for the Revs, posting a 3-1 record and ranked fourth on the team with a 2.73 ERA, striking out 27 batters over 33 innings.
A native of Panama City, Panama, Corpas was originally signed as an amateur free agent in 1999 by the Colorado Rockies at age 16, and played his first professional season in 2002. He worked his way up through the Rockies system, breaking into the big leagues on July 18, 2006 in a game against the Pirates. He made 35 appearances that season, and enjoyed even more success the following season, posting a 2.08 ERA in 2007.
After the 2007 All-Star break, Corpas was named the club’s closer, earning a career-high 19 saves, and pitching in the 2007 postseason. A crucial part of Colorado’s playoff run, Corpas saved all three games of the NLDS against Philadelphia and two in the NLCS against Arizona, including the National League pennant clincher. The Rockies won 21 of 22 games on the way to a World Series appearance, with Corpas saving 10 of them.
Corpas pitched in the big leagues until 2013, posting a 13-20 MLB record, and a 4.14 ERA, and earning 34 saves. He has since pitched in Triple-A for Colorado in 2013 and 2014, before spending 2015 in the Mexican league, and then joining York last season.
The York Revolution announced today that they have signed catcher Luis Cruz. The 23-year-old is in his seventh professional season, originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011. A native of Cotui, Dominican Republic, Cruz has spent his entire career with the Cardinals, beginning in the Dominican Summer League, and has making it as high as Triple-A Memphis, last season. This year he played nine games for Double-A Springfield, batting .250 with 2 doubles, and 3 RBI.
In addition to playing behind the plate, Cruz has served as a first baseman and designated hitter in his career, and has also made four appearances on the mound. He has thrown out 34% of baserunners in his career, while posting a fielding percentage of .980.
The move will provide additional versatility for manager Mark Mason, who now has three viable options behind the plate, in Cruz, Tejeda, and Alen. Furthermore, all three York catchers can also play in the field, and by having an additional backstop, it will allow Mason to play two of his catchers in the field at the same time, while the third catcher that night is free to warm up pitchers in the bullpen.