Revs add outfielder and another pitcher

The York Revolution has added yet another player with ties to the Baltimore Orioles.

York activated outfielder Kennard Jones Saturday and placed him in the starting lineup in center field. The University of Indiana product has played in independent baseball before (the Golden Baseball League two years ago) and he used that opportunity to earn an affiliated contract with the Orioles.

Jones was a third-round draft pick in 2002 by the San Diego Padres after a great junior season for the Hoosiers in which he was named the Big Ten Player of the Year. The 26-year-old is a career .264 hitter in the minors and played in Triple-A as recently as 2006. He is a lefty hitter and also throws left-handed. Check out the rest of his career numbers here.

Jones adds an element to the Revs’ lineup that has been missing all year — speed. He stole 26 bases in 134 games for Single-A Frederick last season. York is currently last in the Atlantic League in stolen bases (19) and has also been caught stealing 11 times. 

The new addition also allows Matt Esquivel to move back to one of the corner outfield spots, which is a huge plus for York. Esquivel committed two errors Friday night and you really can’t blame him for it. He’s been playing out of position in center ever since York dealt Travis Ezi to Bridgeport for Jake Daubert.

The one things Jones does not add is power. His four home runs for Frederick last season were a career high.

Totten also added: In addition to the Jones pickup, York also signed and activated pitcher Heath Totten Saturday. The 29-year-old right-hander has Triple-A experience and was in the Phillies’ system last season. He struggled at Triple-A Ottawa, going 1-5 with a 7.09 ERA. He has a 4.33 career ERA in the minor leagues in 953 innings. The rest of his career numbers are here.

To make room for Totten, York placed infielder Jake Daubert on the disabled list. Totten will likely make the start against Lancaster Sunday. He has started 162 times in 168 minor league appearances.  

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3 Responses

  1. I’m glad to see the Revs adding a natural centerfielder.

    This creates a glut again at the infield and outfield corner spots, though.

    I’d like to see an outfielder traded for a SS, if possible.

    I noticed that Newark hasn’t been playing Vic Gutierrez that much. They are loaded in the outfield right now, but Majewski and Aldridge are both decent bets to be signed with the way that they’re producing. Maybe if one of those guys jumped to an affiliated club, a trade could happen.

  2. Oops…didn’t see the part about Daubert being injured (might have been added after I started my post). I guess this just means that Padgett goes back to third. So much for the glut.

  3. I’m surprised it took York so long to find a true center fielder. Esquivel obviously wasn’t the answer there.

    Jones looks very similar to Travis Ezi and although I haven’t watched him play yet, I doubt he’s better defensively. Both players struggle to get on base.

    Jones was also suspended for seven games while playing at Double-A Mobile earlier in his career. Apparently, he became angry when he was taken out of a game.

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