Revs add two more pitchers

The York Revolution has signed another starting pitcher and a reliever, and both men have respectable minor league credentials.

Landon Jacobsen (right) became the latest starter to join the Revs after pitching with Triple-A Ottawa (Phillies) last season. The 6-foot-3, 203-pound right-hander has extensive minor league experience. In 1,309 career innings within the Pirates’ and Phillies’ minor league systems, Jacobsen, 28, has compiled a 68-60 record, a 3.46 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. He holds the record for all-time victories for the Altoona Curve (30) — the Double-A affiliate of the Pirates — but has never appeared in the majors. His career numbers are here.

Aaron Rakers — a former Baltimore Orioles prospect with limited major league experience — has also been signed by the Revolution. Rakers, 31, appeared in 13 games combined for the Orioles in 2004 and 2005 and pitched in one game for the San Diego Padres in 2007. Rakers, a right-handed reliever, has a 3.04 ERA and a 38-28 record in 510 career minor league innings.

He pitched in Triple-A in ’04, ’05 and ’07, but underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder in 2006. According to Wikipedia, Rakers (right) started ’08 spring training with the Houston Astros but obviously didn’t make the club. His career numbers are here. (Oddly enough, this MLB.com photo shows Rakers holding the ball with his non-pitching hand. Maybe this is his better side, who knows?)

Jacobsen went 14-9 with a 3.16 ERA for Altoona in 2006 but has never been the same since. His ERAs with Double-A Reading (4.61) and with Ottawa (4.80) last year were not good enough to keep him around for ’08. He’ll join Corey Thurman, Aaron Myette and Pete Munro in the Revolution rotation.

Both of these players could be on the fast track back to affiliated ball. Rakers pitched in the big leagues only a season ago — although it was only one game — and Jacobsen was a Triple-A mainstay for the last two years. The two righties are also both young enough to earn another shot with an affiliated organization.

York now has 21 players signed with about a week to go before spring training. The club plans to bring about 26 players to camp with 24 making the opening-day roster.

*Jacobsen photo courtesy of Beerleaguer.com; Rakers photo courtesy of MLB.com.

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7 Responses

  1. The Revs pitching could be pretty incredible:

    Rotation:

    1) Munro
    2) Myette
    3) Thurman
    4)
    5) Jacobsen

    Pen:

    Veres
    Franklin
    Rakers
    Olson
    Price

    Any word on Franklin Nunez? Any guesses on who the other starter might be?

  2. To my knowledge, York will be announcing the addition of another bullpen arm in the near future. But I haven’t heard who the fifth starter will be. Wayne Franklin would sure look nice in that rotation, don’t you think?

    As for Nunez, I doubt anything gets done on that front until the Revs are already down in Lakeland for spring training. Nunez lives right in Tampa and can wait to the very last moment to sign if he doesn’t get any other offers.

  3. If the Revs add another good arm to the bullpen, Nunez or someone else, it would almost be overkill to keep Wayne Franklin in the pen, even if he does want to close. Veres and Rakers are certainly 8th and 9th inning guys in the Atlantic League. Nunez wouldn’t want to do anything but close. Something has to give, only one guy can be out there at a time.

    It would be nice to have a lefty in the rotation, too.

    Of course, the pen would be short on lefties if Wayne Franklin started again. I noticed Lancaster has a bunch of lefty relievers signed, maybe a trade could be worked out.

  4. Franklin wants to be a closer because he figures if he gets another shot in affiliated ball, it will come as a reliever. I see the thought process there, but he was lights out as a starter toward the end of last year.

    My thought is that he helps the Revolution best in the rotation. And whether he’s pitching out of the pen or in the rotation, if he performs well, that’s all affiliated teams will care about.

    You’re right, his move to the rotation would leave York with only one unproven lefty in the pen (Reid Price). But that’s something the club can work around.

  5. I almost forgot: I talked to someone close to Franklin Nunez at the Revs’ Fan Fest today and he said Nunez has a tiny bite with another affiliated organization.

    Whether this will lead to his signing another affiliated deal or not, I have no idea. But my source says Nunez has expressed interest in coming back to York if that possibility falls through.

  6. When Wayne Franklin signed with York, was it conditional on his being the closer? Or was it more like “Hey, if you think it would work, I’d like to try closing”?

    Basically, would putting him in the rotation make him start looking at China again?

  7. I have no idea what the understanding was when he signed. My guess is that the Revs said they would try to accomodate his wish to close, but they definitely didn’t just hand him the job.

    The chances of Franklin going back to Taiwan are pretty close to zero. He wasn’t a big fan of playing over there.

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