Gil returns

Thanks to injuries to Landon Jacobsen and Pete Munro, the York Revolution’s starting rotation hasn’t quite been the weapon we all anticipated.

That might change now that York has re-signed one of its best starters from a year ago.

The Revolution signed right-hander Dave Gil Friday, giving York a pitcher who went 2-4 with a 3.43 ERA in nine starts last season. Munro was placed on the disabled list to make room for Gil on the 25-man active roster.

Gil’s 2007 season was marred by injury. He cut his hand open in a boating accident during spring training, which kept him out for the first few weeks of the season. Then a line drive broke his left foot. But he appears to be healthy now, according to Revolution officials.

Gil, a product of the University of Miami, attempted to find an offer in Taiwan or Mexico prior to the Atlantic League season. When that didn’t pan out, he called Revolution director of baseball operations, Adam Gladstone, for another opportunity in the Atlantic League.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder, has a 4.04 career ERA in the minor leagues along with 513 strikeouts (compared to 218 walks) in 636 2/3 innings. He’ll begin his second stint with the Revs in the bullpen, but he didn’t come back for a relief role. He’ll be in the starting rotation soon enough, which means someone out of the group of Wayne Franklin, Corey Thurman, Aaron Rakers, Dave Gassner and Aaron Myette will have to drop to a relief role.

That man to drop down likely would’ve been Rakers a few weeks ago, but with the way he’s responded as a starter lately, it’s a tough decision. Rakers told me he enjoys starting because it gives him an extended opportunity to show he’s healthy and back to his old form. The other candidate to move to the pen might be Corey Thurman, who has struggled in the early going. It wouldn’t make much sense to drop Gassner, Franklin or Myette out of the rotation at this point.

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3 Responses

  1. The Barnstormers have also activated Matt Lecroy, according to the league’s transaction page.

  2. If York opted not to sign him for spring training, that made Gil free to sign with any Atlantic League team, correct (as with Jeff Farnsworth)?

    If that’s the case, it really says something about the depth of the league this year that he didn’t find a team before now. If he would have had enough innings , a 3.43 era last season wouldn’t have been too far behind the league lead.

  3. It’s my understanding that York still held the rights to Gil. So he had to negotiate through York first if he wanted to come back to the Atlantic League.

    With Farnsworth, I think the Revs felt they had better options and they didn’t want to deal with his antics again. So they allowed him to sign with Southern Maryland.

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