The York revolution continue to alter their 2018 roster because of injuries. The Revs added infielder Nick King last week and catcher Roger Alfredo Guedez Diaz this week.
The Revs needed some infield depth while Zach Wilson, who was placed on the disabled list this week, was playing through a groin injury, and they got it in the form of 24-year-old infielder Nick King. A native of Palm Springs, California, King spent the last two seasons in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system, reaching as high as High-A in 2017, while also playing four games with Schaumburg in the Frontier League in 2016. He hit .185 with 9 RBI in 40 games between three different levels in 2017. King played his college ball at the University of Georgia.
The Revs signed Diaz for catching depth now that Tyler Clark has been sidelined for a few days with a bruised hand. Diaz joins the Revs after starting the 2018 season with the Plattsburgh RedBirds of the Empire League. In 2017, Diaz hit .279 with 18 RBI in 36 games for the Aguada Explorers. He had more walks (13) than strikeouts (10). Diaz, 27, played his college ball at Grambling State University.
Five York Revolution alumni are making headlines in affiliated ball and Mexico after stints in York ranging from three years to a little over a month. Here’s an update on the group of former Revs standouts.
Long-time Revs lefty arm Edward Paredes was recently called up from Triple-A to the Major League level with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the second time in 2018. He made one appearance for the Dodgers on May 3rd, throwing 0.2 scoreless innings before being sent down, but was recalled during the first week of June. Paredes has logged 4.2 shutout innings over seven appearances with seven strikeouts, no walks and only one hit allowed since his second promotion.
He earned a hold on June 7th and wins on June 12th against the Rangers and June 19th on the road against the Cubs in Game 1 of a double-header. He also pitched in Game 2 of the double-header that day. Paredes, 31, made his Major League debut with the Dodgers on July 24th, 2017. Paredes spent time in York from 2013-2015, making 131 total appearances in a Revs uniform.
Ross Detwiler is off to a solid start at Triple-A Tacoma in the Seattle Mariners organization. He threw two scoreless innings with three strikeouts out of the bullpen in his team debut, before moving into the starting rotation. In his last two starts he’s gone 6.0 and 6.1 innings, respectively, and allowed just two earned runs in each start, earning the win in his most recent outing. Detwiler made six starts for the Revs in 2018, going 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA, while striking out 11 batters in his final start before signing with the Mariners at the end of May.
Zac Grotz, the second member of the Revs to have his contact purchased this season, made a statement in his first outing for Single-A Columbia in the New York Mets organization. Grotz worked 7.2 innings allowing just two runs with eight strikeouts and no walks, earning the win on over Hagerstown on June 15th. The 25-year-old right-hander was 2-1 with a 2.53 ERA in seven appearances (four starts) for the Revs in 2018 and threw a complete-game shutout with eight strikeouts on May 24th at Lancaster.
Former Revs left-handed pitcher Jared Martin was recently promoted to Triple-A Nashville in the Oakland Athletics organization. Martin, who signed with the A’s in the offseason, was 1-2 with a 4.79 ERA over 20.2 innings in 16 games with Double-A Midland at the time of his promotion. Martin has tossed 3.2 innings over three relief appearances so far at Triple-A. The California native posted a microscopic 0.98 ERA in 18 relief appearances with 27 strikeouts and only nine hits allowed for the Revs early in the 2017 season before having his contract picked up by the San Francisco Giants organization.
Alonzo Harris, last year’s Atlantic League Player of the Year, is having an excellent season playing in the Mexican League. The speedy outfielder is batting .301 with eight home runs, 22 RBI and an .844 OPS in 48 games for Los Tigres de Quintana Roo. He has eight doubles, one triple and is 13-for-18 in stolen base attempts. Harris tore it up for the Revs last season, finishing the regular season with a .315 batting average, 23 home runs, 73 RBI, 28 doubles, 31 stolen bases and 89 runs scored in 114 games. He also had a .381 on-base percentage and .912 OPS. In the postseason, Harris had two homers and five RBI, helping the Revs win their third Atlantic League title.
Post by Michael Marcantonini
Broadcaster/Media Relations Asst.
The York Revolution made a flurry of roster moves over the last week, bringing in three new players and one returning Rev to the roster.
The first move came on June 12th when the team brought back left-handed pitcher Logan Williamson, who previously pitched for the Revs from 2015 through 2017. Williamson was a member of the championship team last season and went 6-9 with a 5.20 ERA in 129.2 innings of work. The southpaw made 26 starts and one relief appearance and struck out 49 batters. Williamson started a divisional series game on the road against Southern Maryland and earned the win, allowing just two runs in six innings with five strikeouts and no walks. Williamson has made two starts so far this season for York and has a 1-1 record. He now has 22 wins in his Revs career, the fourth-most in franchise history. With his first out in the third inning in his last start on June 18th, Williamson became the third pitcher in Revs history to reach 400 innings in a York uniform, joining Corey Thurman (980.1 innings) and Chris Cody (517.0 innings).
Three days later, the Revs added outfielder Tyson Gillies to the roster. Gillies, a former Seattle Mariners and Philadelphia Phillies prospect, joined the team after spending the 2017 season with the Ottawa Champions of the Can-Am. Association. The speedy outfielder hit .294 in 71 games with 11 HR, 50 RBI and 46 runs scored. He picked up his first RBI and run as a Rev this past weekend in Southern Maryland, and went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer in his home debut at PeoplesBank Park on June 18th.
The Revs then added right-handed pitchers James Pugliese and Devan Watts on June 18th after the team’s eight-game road trip concluded.
Pugliese last pitched with the Double-A Tennessee Smokies in the Chicago Cubs organization before joining the Revs. He made six appearances before being released in mid-May. Pugliese, 25, went 7-2 with a 1.84 ERA and 48 strikeouts at Double-A in 2017. Opponents hit just .203 against him in 40 appearances (7 starts) over 78.1 innings. Pugliese was drafted in the 18th round in 2011 by the Cubs.
Watts comes to York after making 20 relief appearances between High-A Florida and Double-A Mississippi in the Atlanta Braves organization this season before being released. Watts, 23, went 1-2 with a 2.59 ERA in 39 relief outings between High-A and Double-A in 2017. He struck 65 out batters in 58.2 innings and had five saves. Watts was the Braves’ 17th-round draft pick in 2016.
The Revs released right-handed reliever Tyler Cravy on June 18th to make room for the team’s new additions.
Post by Michael Marcantonini
Broadcaster/Media Relations Asst.
The Revs (1-2) dropped their opening series of the season, losing two of three to New Britain last weekend. After a day of Monday, the Revs are back in action for a three game set in Southern Maryland (2-2), before returning to York for their home opener on Friday.
New Britain Series Notes:
- Alonzo Harris (2), Angel Franco, and Michael Burgess all tallied multi-hit games for the Revs
- 11 of the Revs 22 hits in the series were for extra bases (8 2B, 3B, 2 HR)
- The Revs scored first in 2 of the 3 games
- Revs pitching posted a 3.96 ERA, with 22 strikeouts, but also issued 12 BB and 5 HBP, and 4 HR
- York relievers pitched more innings (13.0) than starters (12.0)
- The Revs committed 5 errors in the field, in 2016 York finished T-6 in fielding percentage (.976)
- York was held to 2 runs on both Saturday and Sunday, last season they were 13-42 (24%) when scoring less than 3 runs in a game
- Craig Maddox was the toughest out for York in the series: 6-10, 2 2B, HR, 5 RBI
Southern Maryland Preview:
Game 1 (Tue 6:35 p.m.) — RHP Victor Mateo (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Gaby Hernandez (0-0, 0.00)
Victor Mateo will make his first career start for the Revs tonight. The native of Santo Domingo, DR, was signed as a free agent by the Rays in 2006, and has spent the past eight seasons in both the Rays and Braves minor league systems. Last season he spent most of his time at Double-A Mississippi going 1-2 with a 4.93 ERA. Most notably he has thrown two minor league no-hitters, his first with Low-A Bowling Green in 2011, and his second with Double-A Montgomery in 2013. He will be opposed by longtime Blue Crab Gaby Hernandez who makes his first start of the season. Last season against York he went 1-2, with a 3.73 ERA in 24.1 IP. Last time he faced the Revs threw a complete game, allowing 1 earned run, and striking out eight, in a 11-1 victory Sept. 5th.
Game 2 (Wed 6:35 p.m.) — LHP Chris Cody (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Justin De Fratus (0-1, 0.00)
Chris Cody will make his first start for the Revs since June 24th, 2014, also against the Blue Crabs. He was a tough luck loser in that game, allowing just one earned run over seven innings, while striking out nine. Now back from a two year stint in Taiwan, and a year rehabbing from injury, Cody once again will toe the slab for the Revs at Regency Furniture Stadium. He is opposed by Justin De Fratus who took the loss opening day, allowing two unearned runs in six innings. De Fratus pitched in 191 major league games for the Phillies from 2011-2015.
Game 3 (Thu 6:35 p.m.) — LHP Frank Gailey (1-0, 1.80) vs. LHP Pat Misch (0-0, 27.00)
Frank Gailey got the opening night nod for the Revs in New Britain, picking up the win. He went five innings, allowing five hits, striking out four, and did not walk a batter. Last season Gailey led Revs starters with a 3.14 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 123.1 innings pitched. Pat Misch was an enemy of the weather in his first start, as he was pulled following a rain delay of 1:07, after just a half an inning of play. He allowed three runs on three hits, but took the no decision as Southern Maryland would come back to get the win.
The Revs and Blue Crabs will meet 19 times this season. York won the season series last year, going 14-6, with identical 7-3 records at both Regency Furniture Stadium and People’sBank Park. Listen to all three games on 1350 WOYK beginning each night at 6:15 p.m. with Darrell Henry and Matt Present on the call.
Tonight the Revs open the 2017 season with the first of a 6-game road trip beginning with a three game set against the New Britain Bees. Last season the Revs went 14-6 against New Britain in the Bees first season in the Atlantic League.
Left hander Frank Gailey will get the opening day start for the Revs. Last year Gailey went 6-5 for York in 20 starts, with an ERA of 3.13 and 100 strikeouts in 123.1 innings pitched. Gailey will be opposed by Bees right hander Casey Coleman who split 2016 between the Rays and Mariners systems, compiling a 4-1 record and a 2.59 ERA, while working exclusively out of the bullpen.
Déjà Vu: The Revs also opened the 2016 season in New Britain, winning 3 of 4, marking the first time in team history that the Revs have opened against the same opponent in back-to-back seasons. It’s also the first time that York has opened on the road in two straight years, since beginning on the road their first three seasons 2007-2009. Only four players who appeared in opening day 2016 for the Revs are on the 2017 roster. They are Joel Guzman, Bryan Pounds, Ty’Relle Harris, and Michael Click.
Open for Business: 2017 marks the 11th season of Revs baseball. The team is 6-4 on opening day, including a 4-3 victory last season against New Britain to begin the season. After losing on opening day in back-to-back years in 2007 and 2008, the Revs won four straight opening days 2009-2012.
At the Helm: Mark Mason enters his 5th season as manager of the Revs, becoming the longest-tenured skipper in club history. Mason enters the year with 283 wins, as he surpassed his predecessor Andy Etchebarren last season as the winningest manager in club history. Mason has been part of 504 combined wins with York (221 as pitching coach, 283 as manager). The 2017 season marks Mason’s 8th on staff in York, joining bench/hitting/3B coach Enohel Polanco as the longest-tenured member of the coaching staff in club history. Polanco also enters his 8th season, while pitching coach Paul Fletcher enters his 4th on Mason’s staff.
Rotation: LHP Frank Gailey, RHP Steve Janas, LHP Logan Williamson, RHP Victor Mateo, LHP Chris Cody
Left Handed Relievers (3): Chase Huchingson, Jarret Martin, Luke Westphal
Right Handed Relievers (9): Brad Allen, Jose Arredondo, Hawtin Buchanan, Michael Click, Julio DePaula, Ty’Relle Harris, Melvin Mercedes, Curtis Partch, Joe Van Meter
Catchers (2): Luis Alen, Isaias Tejeda
Infielders (6): Michael Burgess, Ryan Dent Angel Franco, Joel Guzman, Alonzo Harris (2B/OF), Bryan Pounds
Outfielders (5): Jose Constanza, Jared Mitchell, Derrick Robinson, Brandon Thomas, Travis Witherspoon
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Youth Movement: Nineteen of the thirty players on the roster are under the age of 30, with reliever Hawtin Buchanan being the youngest Rev. Buchanan turns 24 years of age on April 29th, while Steve Janas, Melvin Mercedes, Isaias Tejeda, Angel Franco, and Brandon Thomas were all born in 1990 or later.
Need for Speed: The Revs 2017 outfield might be the fastest trio to ever patrol the confines of People’sBank Park. While the squad is fast top to bottom, they are highlighted by four speedsters in Travis Witherspoon, Alonzo Harris, Jose Constanza, and Derrick Robinson, who have all posted 40+ steal seasons in the minors, paced by Robinson who stole 69 bases with High-A Wilmington in 2009.
Catch tonight’s game, and every game this season on 1350 WOYK and woyk1350.com. Darrell Henry will be live from New Britain at 6:15 p.m., with first pitch set for 6:35 p.m..