Revs’ roster grows to 25

The York Revolution added to their pitching corps this afternoon with the official signings of Steve Schmoll and Matt Trent.

Schmoll, 28, is the seventh pitcher with big league experience to join the Revs’ pitching staff. He appeared in 48 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2005 — posting a 5.01 ERA in 48 appearances out of the bullpen. Schmoll (right) spent the last three years in Triple-A and went 2-3 with a 3.76 ERA for Triple-A New Orleans (New York Mets) last season. He is another arm with experience closing games. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound right-hander also attended the University of Maryland. His career statistics are here.

Trent, 25, only has Class-A experience but has posted a 2.71 ERA in 139 1/3 career minor league innings. He split last season between Class-A Palm Beach (Cardinals) in the Florida State League before he was traded to the Colorado Rockies’ organization and was assigned to Class-A Modesto in the California League. He was referred by former Revolution pitcher Matt Hirsh, who was in spring training with Colorado when Trent was there this year.

Schmoll is an interesting story. He graduated high school as a catcher and tried to walk on at Maryland but was initially cut. He then built a pitching mound in his back yard, according to a Baseball America Scouting report, and then made the Terrapins roster. He developed his sidearm delivery in his junior season at Maryland and went undrafted after playing as a fifth-year senior.

But about a year later he found himself closing games for the Dodgers’ Double-A affiliate. Eight months after that he was in the big leagues. Here is what Baseball America had to say about Schmoll as he made his way through the Dodgers’ system. (Found on this New York Mets’ blog)

… He quickly worked his way through the [Dodgers] system, using a sidearm delivery that was deadly to Class-A and Double-A hitters (1.81 ERA in 85 relief innings in 2004). He was a surprise addition to the big league club coming out of spring training in 2005, although big league hitters exposed Schmoll’s biggest weakness. Like many sidearmers, his 88-90 mph fastball and cutter make him tough on righthanders (.228 average against at Triple-A Las Vegas last season and .244 for Los Angeles), but he has much more trouble against lefties. Lefties hit .303/.376/.494 against him in the big leagues, and he has to continue to work on his changeup to give him a pitch to give lefties another look.

Schmoll discussed his delivery with in this 2005 story. (Also, find photos of his sidearm delivery in this link)

“Movement, deception, different angles for the hitters, and after I started using it exclusively, it helped me with my control,” Schmoll told “It just felt natural.”

Trent was a 30th-round selection by the Cardinals originally. He had this to say about his future in this Wingate University alumni article.

“I feel that I can perform at the next level,” said Trent (right), whose career numbers are here. “I need to gain a little more command with my fastball. I think if I can do that I can be successful enough to move up. My ultimate goal is the major leagues.”

The addition of these two brings York’s roster up to 25 with spring training slated to start in Lakeland, Fla. next week. The club’s only left-hander competing for a spot in the bullpen is Reid Price — who played in the now defunct South Coast League last year.

Adam Gladstone, the Revs’ director of baseball operations, said the lack of lefties on the York roster isn’t a problem. And I tend to agree with him — at least for now. York has seven pitchers with major league experience and most of them should be able to do damage against both righties and lefties. Here’s what Gladstone had to say about the situation.

“We’re going to go with the best pitchers available,” Gladstone said. “Whether they’re right-handed or left-handed, you don’t have the luxury of matching up (in the Atlantic League).”

Editor’s Note: Post updated 9:20 p.m. on April 9. 

Make sure you check out the Lancaster/York comparison here.


12 Responses

  1. I have a friend who is a Dodgers fan and he says that Schmoll is a submariner.


    That makes for a pretty amazing pen, except that they’re all right handed. Most of those guys are good enough that it probably doesn’t matter, though.

  2. The lack of a lefty in the pen is something I’ll be sure to ask Gladstone about. And yes, Schmoll is a submariner who has historically been dominant against righties but not so much against lefties.

    I’ll have an update on this post later this evening.

  3. According to the Connecticut Post’s new Bridgeport Bluefish blog, former Revolution pitcher Matt Ford re-signed with the Fish today.

    Ford, a lefty, started the year in York’s rotation last year but dealt with injuries for a good part of the season. When he came off the disabled list, he was used in a bullpen role before he was traded for catcher Sandy Aracena in the second half. Ford has big league time with the Milwaukee Brewers.

    On a side note, Ford is a pretty good drummer.

  4. Nothing like the good news of former Terps coming to York.

    If I remember correctly, side arm throwing worked well for a couple of other Terp pitchers while they were down in College Park. I’m pretty sure it’s still the style Seth Overbey uses for whichever Blue Jays affiliate he’s currently with. (I think he’s at Double-A, but could be wrong.)

  5. Hey Jeff,

    Great site. It is nice to see a view from the other end of Route 30. Are you and Jason going to make a friendly bet on the War of the Roses? Keep up the good work.

  6. Maybe Jason and I should sumo wrestle on the third-base line at Sovereign Bank Stadium this year. I’m sure that would pack the seats.

  7. I would pay to watch that. A great charity event.

  8. Hi Stormin’!

  9. Hey Ultimate.

    Thought I would help Jeff out. It is good to get someone else’s point of view of the Atlantic League. I have a few friends that are York fans (yes they are still my friends) and have told them about this site.

    I hope it takes off like Jason’s did.

    BTW. I am an “official” Booster Club Member.

  10. Thanks for stopping in Lancaster fans. I know there are York fans out there who are just as passionate as you folks are, so I’m hoping they’ll become regular visitors here.

    Thanks again.

  11. The key to beating Jason in a sumo match is to unleash relentless leg sweeps. I know thats not common in Sumo…. so that’s why I think it will work.

    BLOG SLAM 08′ — ‘This Time It’s Personal’

  12. PS. Blog Slam would be the name of the Sumo event. I was also thinking maybe BLOGOMANIA.

    You should directly challenge him on his sight. That way there could be no backing down.

    Jason–If you’re reading this, don’t worry, Mr. B will still be cheering in your corner.


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