Brower trys out for Revs

Chris Brower made his living as York College’s stopper for four years.

Now, he’s looking to assume a similar role in the Atlantic League.

Randy Flaum / The York DispatchThe all-time wins leader in York College history was one of about 70 men to attend the York Revolution’s open tryout on Saturday morning at Sovereign Bank Stadium. Brower, a right-hander, was one of 19 pitchers to throw for Revolution pitching coach Tippy Martinez and although he’s not counting on a spot on York’s opening-day roster, Brower is hopeful his performance in the tryout might lead to another opportunity.

“Even if I’m not wanted here, maybe they can recommend some other leagues and help me out,” Brower said. “You miss 100 percent of the opportunities you don’t take.”

Of the near 70 men who tried out for Revolution director of baseball operations Adam Gladstone, only a handful of the players had professional experience. As Gladstone mentioned, he was looking for players who could hit, run and throw. Unfortunately, very few of the men who took the field on Saturday could do all three above average.

Justin Staatz, a former Minnesota Twins prospect, and a Frontier League veteran was one pitcher to attend the tryout with prior professional baseball experience. Staatz, 24, pitched for Gateway and Washington of the Frontier League last season.

“It’s one of those things where I’m hoping I get a call back,” said Staatz, who works nearby in Baltimore. “I think I threw pretty well, but if not, I’ll talk to Gateway again and see what’s going on there.”

Gladstone said with the Class-AA and Class-AAA talent available right now, the chances of signing a player from Saturday’s open tryout are slim. But he didn’t rule out the possibility. He said York could have multiple pitchers signed by affiliated teams on a certain day — which happened twice last year — and now he has the names of a few local players who could fill in on short notice.

“You never know what’s going to happen and it’s good to know there are guys out there who could come in in a pinch,” Gladstone said.

Read about the unveiling of the Brooks Robinson statue and the Grammy Award-winning act slated to play at Sovereign Bank Stadium this summer here.

*Brower photo by Dispatch photo editor Randy Flaum.

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