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Kotch and Von Schell traded

Paved by Lancaster’s loss of Lance Burkhart (fractured wrist) for at least six weeks and Camden’s loss of Josh Rabe (retirement), the York Revolution pulled off two trades Wednesday.

The Revs dealt emergency catcher Kevin Kotch (pictured) to Lancaster and traded infielder/designated hitter Tyler Von Schell to Camden. Both were dealt for future considerations or cash and both Camden and Lancaster have a month to complete the separate deals.

Von Schell abruptly retired the day before the start of spring training in April — siting personal matters — but changed his mind and made it to Lakeland, Fla. toward the end of camp. He was hitting .230 with eight home runs and 29 RBIs and has played in 46 of York’s 58 games this season.

Kotch has seen very sparse playing time, as was expected, and only played an inning behind the plate after being signed as an insurance policy for Luis Taveras and Sandy Aracena. Instead, the former Orioles’ prospect played at first base and designated hitter — hitting .150 in 40 at-bats with a homer and three RBIs.

Both these moves make a lot of sense for York. The Revs had too many first base/DH types with Matt Dryer, Chris Ashby, Matt Padgett and Von Schell, and the idea of carrying three catchers the entire season was preposterous. I outlined the problems this causes in an April 3 entry. You just don’t have the luxury of clogging up a bench spot like that in the Atlantic League.

Also, Von Schell has cooled off considerably after his early hot streak (.226 in May/.233 in June) and has looked uninterested on the field on more than one occasion. He’s also hitting a sparse .185 on the road.

My guess is that York will use one of the roster spots freed by these trades to activate Dryer. And the other could stay open for Jake Daubert, who is still suffering from a hamstring injury, or the acquisition of a new player.


4 Responses

  1. Well that breaks my heart right there. Well not literally, but you know what I mean. How many times does this poor guy gotta be moved. He’s had so much potential through the years, and it seems that he’s getting discouraged. God if I could have only gotten to Bridgeport this week! I prolly would have given him a talking. He’d prolly still remember me, I mean come on, how can you for get hitting your biggest fan with a pop fly at the end of the 06′ season? LMAO hehe

  2. I’m sad to see Kevin Kotch go but at least now he’ll actually be able to be in the game as a catcher. Should be nice to see next time York takes on Lancaster. I’ll be quietly cheering for him.

  3. Kevin Kotch was truly a class act in York. He dealt with a real tough situation sitting behind Luis and Sandy, but chose to view it as a learning experience.

    Some other guys might have caused a stir.

  4. I never did think that Kotch was in the right situation in York. It didn’t make sense for a young guy like him to be somewhere where he was going to only get 100 at bats or so for the entire season. He’s got to play. With Ashby around, they don’t need another catcher anyway.

    I am puzzled by the Von Schell trade, though. Ashby has got to play, sure, but with one injury or affiliated signing, this lineup will be a bat short again.

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