Aspito getting it done with the glove

When I asked York Revolution manager Chris Hoiles why he moved Jason Aspito to right field for Tuesday night’s game against Newark, his answer was pretty simple.

“I knew most of the ball would be hit to right today,” the Revs’ skipper said with a smile on his face.

Hoiles realized that Aspito is a huge weapon against the power lefties in Newark’s lineup (Cory Aldridge and Randall Simon), but right now it really doesn’t matter where York’s skipper throws Aspito. He’s getting the job done.

After two more outfield assists Tuesday night, Aspito has five for the season and is easily on his way to a career-high for assists in the outfield. His best total came in 2001 and 2003 when he had eight each season playing at Single-A in the White Sox’s and Angels’ systems. With 123 more games to go in the 2008 Atlantic League season, I’m going to go out on a limb and say Aspito bests his career high this year.

Also, Aspito’s stellar play in the outfield has been a good way for him to feel like he’s making a contribution to the team. After a hot start that led him to a .353 batting average in five April games, Aspito is hitting just .182 so far in May. Overall, he’s at .228.

Remember this guy?: Anyone recall that guy Steve Schmoll who was a member of the Revolution for one lousy day? Well, Schmoll is proving he deserved another shot in affiliated ball.

The submarine right-hander has posted a 3.31 ERA in 16 1/3 innings with the Double-A Harrisburg Senators and has only two walks in that span compared to 11 strikeouts. He’s 1-0 with a save despite allowing a robust .324 batting average to the opposition.

But York’s bullpen is doing just fine without Schmoll so far. Despite losing Aaron Rakers — Wednesday’s starter and a guy who figured to be one of the Revs’ best relievers — the bullpen has been a bright spot for Hoiles’ club. The unit enters Wednesday with a 2.47 ERA in 54 2/3 innings. The group has also put up a great strikeout (61) to walk (29) total and has helped the starters a lot. To compare, the Revolution starting rotation has a collective 5.25 ERA in 85 2/3 innings.

Hill back with the Bears: Former major leaguer Bobby Hill made his return to Newark this season after an eight-year hiatus and is hitting leadoff for the Bears in the series against York this week. Hill still holds the all-time Atlantic League record for walks in a season (101), which is an incredible number when you think about it. Hill accomplished that in 2000 and also had a .326 batting average and 81 stolen bases that season.

Hill is second in the Atlantic League with seven doubles right now, which only trails Ian Bladergroen of the Barnstormers. He’s also third in runs scored with 14.

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One Response

  1. Aspito made a great diving catch on both Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Of course, the ump didn’t give him the call on the one on Tuesday.

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