Price off to Frontier League

After placing relief pitcher Reid Price on the inactive list four days ago, the York Revolution made another move involving its only left-handed reliever Tuesday.

Price was shipped off to the Southern Illinois Miners of the Frontier League for future considerations.

Price, who was initially discovered at the Atlantic League’s open tryout in Arizona this winter, could very easily rejoin the Revs sometime in September. The Frontier League’s season ends around that time and now Price will have an opportunity to hone his skills against a lower level of independent baseball players.

“(He’ll come back) probably sometime in September around Labor Day,” said Adam Gladstone, the Revolution’s director of baseball operations. “It’s right around the same time we lost guys last year and it’s a hard time trying to replace them.”

Price started off his time in York with success — he has an above-average change-up — but lately he faltered. After posting a 3.86 ERA through his first five outings, that number ballooned to 6.32 overall in 15 2/3 innings. Opponents also hit a robust .318 against him.

The Fletcher, N.C. resident pitched in the now-defunct South Coast League last year and he also recorded one save in his time with York. Gladstone said he wouldn’t be surprised if Price got the opportunity to be a starter again with Southern Illinois.

“I think that’s certainly a possibility,” Gladstone said.

Gladstone also noted that pitcher Landon Jacobsen made it known that he had no desire to return to the Revs. That paved the way for York to sell his contract to Somerset.

Gladstone is also busy trying to find another player to fill the roster spot vacated by Kenny Perez.

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2 Responses

  1. What has Jacobsen got against the Revs? I hope he gets rocked in Somerset.

    It was something of a big jump for Price to come to this league with such limited professional experience. I suspect he’ll do well in the Frontier League.

    Do you know anything about the signing rules between the independent leagues? Can an Atlantic League team pretty much buy a Frontier League contract if they are interested in a player?

    Situations like this always make me think of the fun possibility of a formal affiliation between the independent leagues.

  2. I don’t think Jacobsen really agreed with the decision to place him on the inactive list. But I think it was the right move. He didn’t look good in spring training and it took an incredible play by David Housel during Jacobsen’s one inning against York the other night to help him escape from a bad outing.

    It’s up to individual teams in the Atlantic League to work out deals with other indy leagues. But the deal with Price seems like it should work out. He’ll gain some valuable experience and maybe that will help him improve enough to be better if he returns to York.

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