Judging the Revs in another area

Editor’s Note: This column ran in Monday’s York Dispatch.

Exactly how do we judge the York Revolution? 

Well, wins and losses are always a good place to start. After taking two of three from Long Island, York sits at 4-5 in the second half. And with a stretch of seven straight home games starting Monday night, the Revs have ample opportunity to make some noise in the standings.

What about how the Revs look on paper? There’s reason for optimism there too. The additions of Shea Hillenbrand (.389, 12-game hitting streak) and Kennard Jones (.331, 29 runs in 31 games) have ignited an offense that’s hitting .312 over the last 28 games. 

But while dissecting the numbers is always fun, that kind of logic misses the point. There’s another area in which the Revolution must be judged: Players sold back to affiliated organizations. 

After all, that’s the supposed No. 1 purpose of the Atlantic League — behind making money, I assure you. And it’s the league’s success in helping players revive their careers that allows teams such as York to land the Hillenbrands of the world. 

So just how successful have the Revs been in this area? The reviews are mixed to this point. York’s three men to earn affiliated deals (Dave Gassner, Kenny Perez and Heath Totten(pictured)) all worked personal connections on their way back to organizations. That explains why Perez, a .248 hitter in 34 games with York, and Totten (0-1, 7.94 ERA in four games) made it out of York so quickly.

Even Gassner (2-3, 3.06 ERA in 47 innings), the class of York’s pitching staff, had help from the scout who originally signed him when he reached a deal with the Red Sox.

So that begs the question, how difficult is it to get noticed in the Atlantic League?

It’s certainly not easy. But there are guys getting it done. Twenty-eight players in the league have signed with major league organizations so far. Camden (seven), Lancaster (four) and Somerset (four) have been the most successful. Newark (three), Bridgeport (three) and York (three) are in the middle of the pack. And Southern Maryland (two) and Long Island (two) are bringing up the rear. 

Last season, York had six players signed away, with Tike Redman and his incredible run to The Show with the Baltimore Orioles leading the way. It’s a story that probably won’t be repeated this year. But pay close attention to how many Revs are picked up over the next two months. 

You can argue that’s the real measure of this team’s success.

Notes: Gassner (pictured) is 1-5 with a 7.68 ERA for Double-A Portland (Red Sox). He allowed 10 earned runs on 16 hits in a July 10 outing and batters are hitting a robust .374 against him. … Totten is 2-2 with a 5.12 ERA in 19 1/3 innings for Triple-A Las Vegas (Dodgers). Totten’s opponents are hitting .388 against him. … Kenny Perez has a .260 average in 19 games for Triple-A Colorado Springs (Rockies). He’s played third, short, second, first and DH and also had a short stint on the disabled list. Perez is hitting .333 in nine July games.

*Perez photo by John Pavoncello.

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One Response

  1. I’m really surprised to see that Gassner isn’t having more success in AA considering how well he pitched here and the fact that he was basically a AAA veteran coming into the season.

    He’s only 29, and not a hard thrower, so you really wouldn’t suspect that his poor performance is age-related.

    It’s good to see Perez heating up at the plate. I had a feeling that we were going to see him go on a tear in York at some point, too bad that it’s happening in Colorado Springs now. I hope thing continue to improve for him, though.

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