The York Revolution will kick off their ninth season in the Atlantic League on Friday, April 24th. York is looking to improve upon a 2014 season that ended with a first-round playoff loss to the Sugarland Skeeters. The 2015 York Revolution will feature some familiar faces and a few exciting newcomers.
Corey Thurman will be back for his eighth season in York. The veteran right-hander posted nine wins with a 3.97 ERA last season. Thurman will be joined by fellow former Major Leaguer Shawn Hill who last pitched for York in 2012. Hill pitched at Triple-A last season for the Toronto, Detroit, and Chicago White Sox organizations compiling a 7-8 record and 4.58 ERA. Rommie Lewis will also return for a third season as York’s closer. Lewis saved 28 games last season with a 2.15 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. The Revs are also bringing back slugging first baseman Andres Perez and second baseman Eric Patterson for another season in the White Rose city.
The Revs will feature new names like former big leaguer Brandon Boggs, infielder Bryan Pounds and speedy youngster Desmond Henry. Boggs comes to York after last appearing in the Major Leagues for the 2011 Milwaukee Brewers. The 32-year-old outfielder has spent most of the past three seasons in the International League with the Pirates and Braves. Pounds comes to York after a successful 2014 season with the Camden Riversharks. Pounds played third base, first base, and shortstop for Camden. He also slugged 16 home runs and 11 triples while posting an OPS of .832. The 21-year-old Henry will be York’s youngest player.
Originally a 4th round pick of the Texas Rangers back in 2011, Henry will likely roam center field for the Revolution. Henry has struggled at the plate in his brief professional career but he did post 20 steals in just 48 games in the Appalachian League in 2013. Given Henry’s age and relative inexperience as fast start in York could earn him another opportunity with an affiliated ballclub.