Perez rejoins Revs

There’s a new addition to the York Revolution’s clubhouse these days.

Above the door to manager Chris Hoiles’ office, the pictures of every Rev to earn an affiliated contract while playing in York peer down on everyone that walks by.

There’s Tike Redman, Peter Bergeron, Jeff Farnsworth and all the rest. And of course there’s Kenny Perez, who was signed by the Colorado Rockies earlier this summer.

But there’s a serious question to ask here: If Perez earns a second affiliated deal from playing with the Revs, does he get two pictures on the wall?

York just might have to figure out the answer to that question.

The Revolution re-acquired Perez Friday afternoon mere days after his season ended in Colorado Springs (Triple-A for the Rockies). It might appear strange that Perez was granted his release — major league organizations usually hold players under contract until Oct. 15 — but the Rockies were willing to give Perez an opportunity to showcase himself to other organizations.

York placed fan-favorite outfielder Kaz Tanaka on the inactive list to make room for Perez on the 25-man active roster.

Perez, a versatile infielder, lit up the Pacific Coast League when he was given the opportunity. He hit .338 in 51 games for Colorado Springs and had 13 doubles, one homer and 20 RBIs. He played first base, second base, third base, shortstop, designated hitter and even pitched while in Triple-A — proving he’ll be a big addition for the Revs as they fight for a playoff spot.

“On October 15 he’ll be a free agent anyway, so we asked them (the Rockies) to move that up,” said Adam Gladstone, the Revolution’s director of baseball operations. “That gives Kenny the opportunity to come back and play for us. That’s something he felt very strongly about and it obviously helps us out. Plus it gives the (Rockies) organization the opportunity to re-sign him come October 16. There’s no loss here.” 

Perez, 26, should provide a more stable defensive option for York at third base. The Miami native played the position when the Revs opened the season in spring training. He hit .248 in 34 games for York earlier in the year.

Tanaka, who led the Revs in outfield assists last season (18), never managed to crack York’s starting lineup this year and he has been used as primarily a late-inning pinch runner lately. The Japan native hit .226 in 56 games with eight stolen bases.

He’s also one of the few players I’ve seen crash into an outfield wall in the Atlantic League, which is something he should be praised for. His effort while in York was nothing but 100 percent.

Doubleheader changed: The Revolution also announced Friday that next week’s doubleheader at home against Bridgeport has been moved from Wednesday to Tuesday night. Both games will still be seven innings and the action will start at 5:07 p.m. with gates opening at 4:45 p.m. The Revs will be the home team in both contests.

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One Response

  1. Perez is in the Revs’ starting lineup as the third baseman for Friday’s game with Long Island. Newcomer George Sandel is also in the lineup as the second baseman.

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