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Four Revs named All-Stars

For the second straight year, four members of the York Revolution have been named to the Atlantic League All-Star team.

Relief pitchers Nick McCurdy and Jason Olson garnered spots on the Freedom Division squad along with outfielder Jason Aspito and catcher Sandy Aracena. Aspito was voted in as the starter at designated hitter while Aracena was selected as the reserve catcher for the team.

Entering Sunday, Aspito (pictured) led the Revs in homers (10) and RBIs (38) as well as a slew of clutch categories. He leads York in two-out RBIs, go-ahead RBIs and has also been stellar in the outfield. The Notre Dame football fanatic has six outfield assists this year — good for tops on the Revs.

Aracena, a product of the Dodgers system, has been a very consistent Atlantic Leaguer for the last two years. This season, he’s hitting .312 with three homers and 17 RBIs in 43 games. He hit .324 for the month of June and is hitting a robust .347 at home (.280 on the road). Aracena has also gunned down 12 of 35 baserunners attempting to steal (34 percent), which is not a bad ratio at all.

McCurdy (pictured) has been arguably one of the best relievers in the entire league and he’s done it without getting a lot of attention. The Alabama native has a 1.37 ERA for the year in 39 1/3 innings and has also emerged as the Revs’ full-time closer. He has six saves, 44 strikeouts and only seven walks to go along with only one home run allowed.

Lastly, Olson has provided the Revs with a jack of all trades out of the bullpen. He can set up. He can close. He can be a long reliever. It really doesn’t matter to Olson, who is also an avid hunter. The Reno, Nev. resident has a 4-3 record with a 4.04 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings.

The 2008 All-Star game will be held at Somerset’s Commerce Bank Ballpark on Wednesday July 16. Bridgeport and the Patriots both placed seven players on the team, Southern Maryland and Newark both had six, Lancaster and Camden both had five and York and Long Island both had four. To check out the entire roster, visit the league’s Web site here

Last year, York sent infielders Matt Dryer and Nate Espy, catcher Luis Taveras and pitcher Chris Steinborn to the All-Star game.

Gil lands on the DL: Injuries have again caught up with pitcher David Gil, who was placed on the disabled list recently in favor of relief pitcher Travis Phelps. Gil’s placement is retroactive to July 3 and I’m uncertain of his injury because I’m vacationing and not with the team. Wayne Franklin will take his spot in the starting rotation and will get the start Sunday against Lancaster to close out the first half.

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5 Responses

  1. Glad to see these are the four going from York!

  2. Congrats to the York All Stars!

  3. What do you think the Freedom Division’s chances are?

  4. There are some good guys on this All Star Team!

  5. I’d have an easier time making a small fortune playing blackjack than guessing the outcome of the Atlantic League All-Star game.

    But if pushed for an answer, I’ll go with the Liberty team, 12-8.

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