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Solveson signed

The York Revolution made a move to bolster its beleaguered bullpen Tuesday, signing career indy leaguer Saul Solveson.

Solveson, who spent the second half of 2005 and all of ’06 and ’07 with Somerset, served as one of the Patriots’ most trusted relievers and has a 3.87 career ERA in 288 2/3 career minor league innings. He appeared in 50 games with Somerset last season, posting a 3.79 ERA and recording four saves in 57 innings. His career numbers are here.

The right-hander does not have electric stuff by any means — which explains his career spent in the Frontier, Northeast and Can Am Leagues — but he relies on good command for success. He has only 119 career walks in almost 300 innings.

His addition comes at a critical time for the Revs. York’s bullpen has gone 0-4 with a 9.35 ERA over the last seven games and every reliever except for Dan Foli and Travis Phelps was used in a 15-8 loss Monday night. Matt Trent and Mark Rosen have also struggled mightily over the last three weeks.

Solveson has an interesting story. When he first tried out with Somerset, Patriots manager Sparky Lyle said he didn’t have the stuff to be successful in the Atlantic League. Solveson then went across the street to an Applebees thinking he didn’t have a job, but soon received a call from Adam Gladstone, then the Patriots’ director of player procurement.

“Sparky goes, ‘When I first saw you out there, I said you’d never pitch in this league,’ and then he did his signature laugh,” Solveson told Atlantic League Baseball News last year. “And he said, ‘I was a little wrong on that one. If you don’t get picked up and you need a place to pitch, you’re welcomed back here.’”

Solveson, an Emporium, Pa. native, had not pitched professionally with any team prior to signing with York. He will take the roster spot of Frank Castillo, who was recently placed on the inactive list and won’t return to York this year.

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2 Responses

  1. Solveson pitched a scoreless inning Tuesday night and his addition is even more critical because Jason Olson has been placed on the disabled list with a muscular issue.

    Olson had a 3.99 ERA prior to earning an All-Star bid but his Monday appearance raised his ERA to 4.70.

  2. That’s great the Solveson was able to pitch effectively without playing this year before yesterday. He must have been working out and waiting for a call…

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