Revs add fifth ex-major league arm; re-acquire Aracena

The York Revolution can now boast that its pitching staff features a pitcher who threw a no-hitter in the major leagues.

Well, there’s a slight caveat involved in that claim.

The club announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Pete Munro on Thursday. Munro is best known for his part in the Houston Astros’ no-hitter over the New York Yankees on June 11, 2003. The 32-year-old was one of six pitchers to blank the Yankees in that game. He pitched the most innings (2 2/3) of the six Houston pitchers while walking three and striking out two.munro2.jpg

Munro (right) is the type of guy who could develop into one of York’s front-of-the-rotation starters. He pitched with Revs’ pitcher Wayne Franklin in Taiwan last year for the Uni-President Lions and tore up the Chinese Professional baseball league. He led the league with a 2.03 ERA and finished second with 14 wins while garnering a spot on the CPBL All-Star squad. He had seven complete games and struck out 107 while only allowing 22 walks. He can also chug a beer with incredible speed (see YouTube clip above).

The Flushing, N.Y. native has a 4.02 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 1,221 1/3 career innings in the minor leagues. He was originally a draft pick of the Boston Red Sox and spent time with Toronto and Houston in the majors. During five years in the big leagues, Munro posted a 4.88 ERA in 315 innings pitched. The rest of his career numbers are here. He joins Corey Thurman, Aaron Myette, Dave Veres and Franklin among York’s group of hurlers who have major league experience.

The club’s addition of Aracena comes as no surprise. The Dominican Republic native — a quiet, hard-working guy — hit .368 in 18 games with the Revolution after he was acquired from Bridgeport in a trade for pitcher Matt Ford. Aracena was a 2007 Atlantic League All-Star and spent time with the Road Warriors last year before he was shipped to the Bluefish.

Aracena was a non-drafted free agent signing of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1998 and has a .260 average in 1,919 at-bats in the minors. The catcher is also a solid defensive option. Here are his career numbers. He’ll likely split playing time with the recently acquired Luis Taveras, but my bet is that Aracena becomes the No. 1 option.

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2 Responses

  1. Wow that video of Munro is amazing. He is a beast! I’m really looking forward to seeing him pitch this year.

  2. I especially enjoyed the part where he gets nailed in the leg by a broken bat and still manages to make the play at first base. He looks pretty athletic, so that has to encourage Revolution officials.

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