Will Redman ever see the majors again?

Editor’s Note: The Revolution welcome Long Island to town for a three-game series at Sovereign Bank Stadium starting Friday night. Notes on Series 19 appear below.

It has almost been a full year since Tike Redman reminded us just how special the Atlantic League can be.

We all know the story. The former York Revolution outfielder played seven games with York, tore the cover off the ball against Atlantic League pitching, and was quickly scooped up by the Orioles. He then put in a solid stint at Triple-A Norfolk and found himself prowling the outfield at Camden Yards and facing the likes of Boston’s Dice-K Matsuzaka.

It was a magicaly story. But here’s the real question: Will Redman ever get the chance to repeat it?

Redman (.274, 17 RBIs, 34 runs and six steals in 61 games for Norfolk entering Thursday) seemed like a lock to be a part of the O’s opening-day roster this spring, but that was before trades brought in Adam Jones and Luke Scott. Both players have performed admirably (Scott: .276, 12 homers, 30 RBIs; Jones: .260, 4 homers, 27 RBIs) and you can’t even consider Redman in the handful of Triple-A guys who might get called up later this summer. Luis Terrero (.276, 6 homers, 51 RBIs) is probably a better outfield option in the Orioles’ mind and utility men Scott Moore and Brandon Fahey offer the Birds more flexibility.

So it’s looking more and more likely every day that Redman might never see the major leagues with the Orioles again. He’s only signed through this season and with the organization already in the midst of a rebuilding effort/youth movement, it would make little sense to bring back Redman for another year.

So who knows? Maybe he’ll catch on with another major league team. Maybe the Atlantic League hasn’t seen the last of Tike.

But at least he’ll still have one whirlwind-of-a-story to tell the rest of his life — the one where he completed the unimaginable journey from indy ball to the major leagues in about three months.

Franklin’s struggles continue: Former Revolution pitcher Wayne Franklin is not having the kind of luck he hoped in the Mexican League. The former major leaguer is 0-2 with a 9.20 ERA in three starts for Tijuana since leaving the Revs a couple weeks back. His latest start only lasted 3 2/3 innings and included six earned runs. Opponents are also hitting .333 against him.

Long Island Notes: Former Oriole Jay Gibbons entered Thursday night hitting .286 with five RBIs in his first eight games with the Ducks. That performance included a game-winning hit against the Revs last weekend, although Gibbons has yet to homer. … Ray Navarette continues to add to one of the best offensive seasons any player in the Atlantic League has going right now. The slugger is hitting .359 with four homers and nine RBIs over his last nine games. … Former Met Alay Soler is 1-0 with a 4.09 ERA in two starts since joining the Ducks. … Randy Leek leads Long Island in wins (five) and innings pitched (79). He also has an excellent 3.65 ERA. … Carl Everett leads the Atlantic League in hitting at .385. … The Ducks are the only team that hasn’t managed a win all season when trailing after seven innings.

York Notes: It’s hard to believe that the Revs’ all-time best winning streak is three games. That number will certainly have to be erased — probably many times — in the second half if York hopes to be involved in the playoffs. … Entering Thursday night, York’s starting staff put together a 6-2 record and 3.62 ERA over its last 14 games started. That’s an incredible turnaround from the beginning of the year. … York’s bullpen had a 3.88 ERA and 163 strikeouts in 183 1/3 innings entering Thursday. … Over his last 18 games, Chris Ashby is hitting .411 with four homers, 12 RBIs and 17 runs scored. York is 7-5 with Ashby as the No. 3 hitter. … York is 13-12 in June after a 9-21 May.

Pitching Probables: (York’s starters first)

Game 1: Corey Thurman (4-5, 4.98 ERA) vs. Donovan Osborne (0-2, 5.63 ERA)

Game 2: Aaron Rakers (4-5, 4.94 ERA) vs. Jon Searles (1-2, 4.00 ERA)

Game 3: Aaron Myette (4-5, 5.67 ERA) vs. Alay Soler (1-0, 4.09 ERA)

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3 Responses

  1. They seem to have their American players on a short leash in the Mexican League (Danny Gonzalez and Ray Navarette come to mind), we might get Franklin back before too long.

  2. If I remember correctly, each Mexican team can only carry four foreign born players. So that leaves little room for error.

    If Franklin does come back, it will be interesting to see how the Revs use him. The starting rotation is really starting to come around.

  3. Another obstacle for Redman to go back up to the O’s- Fahey and Moore are both on the 40 man roster, along with Jeff Fiorentino, and Tike is not.

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