Former Mariner, Dodger Adds Depth to Revs Roster, Joins Team for Road Trip
The York Revolution revealed today another major addition to their infield, announcing that former Mariner and Dodger Carlos Triunfel joined the team for the start of its seven-game road trip.
The 27-year-old Triunfel was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Seattle Mariners in 2006. He began his career the following season with Single-A Wisconsin and was named a mid-season Midwest League all-star, batting .309 on the season. Triunfel was also named a mid-season all-star with West Tennessee of the Southern League in 2010, as he quickly ascended through the Mariners system. Triunfel made his major league debut September 7, 2012, against the Oakland A’s and a week later collected his first MLB hit, a double off of Blue Jays reliever Aaron Loup.
Triunfel split the 2013 and 2014 seasons between Triple-A and the big leagues; playing for the Mariners in 2013 and for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2014 after they claimed him off of waivers before the start of the season. Over the course of his three seasons at the major league level, Triunfel totaled 81 at-bats, with 13 hits, including a home run, which came off of Tommy Kahnle of the Rockies.
The Santiago, Dominican Republic native played in Triple-A the last two seasons—2015 in San Francisco and 2016 with Cincinnati. He began the 2017 season playing in the Mexican League for Olmecas de Tabasco before signing with the Revs.
“Carlos gives us even more depth in the infield,” said Revolution manager Mark Mason. “A guy like him brings you experience and versatility. He’s ready to contribute, and we’re glad to have him and looking forward to those contributions.”
In his minor league career, Triunfel owns a .271 average, 49 home runs, and 389 RBI, tallying exactly 1,000 hits in 996 games.
The Revolution begin a three-game series tonight in Long Island against the Ducks before traveling for a four-game series against the Sugar Land Skeeters. The Revs return to PeoplesBank Park on May 22 for a 10-game homestand featuring the New Britain Bees, Sugar Land Skeeters, and Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.
Former York Revolution Baseball Operations Manager Andrew Ball has been named the new Director of Baseball Operations for the Los Angeles Angels.
A native of Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, Ball started with the Revolution in 2011 as a baseball operations intern under then Director of Baseball Operations Michael kirk.
During his first year with the Revs, Ball supported the team and then Revs Manager Andy Etchebarren in the pursuit of their second Atlantic League championship. In 2012 Andrew became the full-time baseball operations manager with the Revs.
In 2014, Ball left the Revolution to complete an internship within the baseball operations department of the Tampa Bay Rays. After his internship, he earned a full-time position with the Rays organization, where he remained until the completion of the 2016 baseball season, proving to be a great fit with an organization that prides itself on its sabermetrics and statistical analysis capabilities.
This will only take three minutes of your day and is well-worth it. Revolution multi-media coordinator Scott Parker put together this 2015 season highlight reel. Great defensive plays, walk-off home runs, and the visit from National Champion Red Land Little League on the final day of the season made the 2015 home schedule at Santander Stadium an all-timer.
And, as you could probably guess, Revolution all-time hit leader and 2015 team triple crown winner Andres Perez figures prominently.
After admirable work by the Revolution bullpen, twice going through a starting rotation with four pitchers following the departure of Shawn Hill, York has added right-handed starter Hunter Adkins to make the rotation whole again.
Adkins, 24, joins the Revs after a solid season with the Lake Erie Crushers of the Frontier League, in the eastern suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio. In 15 starts for Lake Erie this year, Adkins posted a 2.70 ERA and good strikeout numbers, punching out 94 batters in 96.2 IP. He walked only 32 and gave up just 74 hits in that time.
A year ago and five days, we caught up with New York Mets LHP Scott Rice when they visited Philadelphia for early season action. Once again, we journeyed to Citizen’s Bank Ballpark for the same reason- to chat with a former York Revolution left-handed reliever turned Major Leaguer, in his rookie season in the National League East.
This time around, it’s 2012 alum Ian Thomas, who we have written about a time or two in this space since the Atlanta Braves purchased his contract from the Revolution that season. As we continue to chronicle his rise to the Majors, he was nice enough to take some time out for this interview before the Braves took on the Phillies on April 14. Here’s a nugget that didn’t make it on-camera: The first Major League game Thomas ever attended was the first one he PLAYED in, when the Virginia Beach, VA native made his MLB debut in Milwaukee on March 31 of this year.
Watch the entire video below:
-PB & DH
Unfortunately the team is not in contention, and will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2009. However, the Revolution’s fan support is as strong as ever.
The results on the field last weekend were also good, taking 5-1 and 3-1 wins from Long Island before dropping a 4-2 decision on Sunday. More notable though, is the three crowds totaled up to 14,241 fans through the Sovereign Bank Stadium turnstiles Friday through Sunday, good for the largest number of fans for a three-game series at The Vault this season. The attendance breakdown:
Friday 8/30: 5, 156
Saturday 8/31: 5, 287
Sunday 9/1: 3, 798
The York Revolution organization is stunned to learn about the passing of former pitcher Frank Castillo. He drowned in an Arizona lake on Sunday, July 28. He was 44.
Castillo pitched professionally for 21 years after being drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 1987. He made his MLB debut with the Cubs in 1991, and pitched for them until the mid-way point of the 1997 season when he was traded to the Colorado Rockies. He also pitched for the Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox and Florida Marlins in 13 MLB seasons, last appearing in the big leagues in 2005. In all he pitched in 297 Major League games, starting 268.
Frank Castillo retired a Rev, after pitching for York during the inaugural 2007 season and again in 2008. In 2007 he made 19 appearances for the Revolution, 16 of which were starts. He went 8-4 that season, with a 3.75 ERA. In ’08 he made the final seven appearances of his career, five starts, posting a 1-0 record.
Castillo is the first former Revolution player to have passed away. Castillo will be honored at Sovereign Bank Stadium prior to the game against Camden on Tuesday, July 30. He was a native of El Paso, Texas.