Esquivel signs with Indians

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One of the York Revolution’s most popular players is getting a second chance in affiliated baseball.

Matt Esquivel, once a prized Atlanta Braves prospect, has signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians, according to Revolution officials. The 25-year-old outfielder finished with a .294 average, 35 doubles, 13 homers and 77 RBIs in his one year with the Revs — impressive numbers considering his dreadful start to the season.

080425-matt-esquivelAs you will all probably recall, Esquivel landed in independent baseball at a really young age because of a series of undisclosed incidents off the field that he played a part in during his time with the Braves. Atlanta grew tired of it and released him, but Esquivel redeemed his reputation and his playing career with a successful season in York, on and off the field.

The San Antonio, Tex. native — who had talks of walking on as a running back at Nebraska years ago — grew very close with many York players and seemed to really enjoy his time with the Revolution. He had this to say about his time with the Revs after York’s loss to Somerset in the playoffs.

“It’s just being around the guys,” Esquivel said. “It’s not every year you get to play with the group of guys we have right now. Not only do we get to share the baseball field, but we get to share our personal lives. And it’s just one of those things where I’ve been able to open up.”

Esquivel’s return to affiliated ball does not come as a surprise. Conventional wisdom dictated that a solid year on the field — combined with no problems off it — would be plenty to get him another shot. And that’s exactly what happened.

Esquivel is a career .273 hitter with 86 home runs and 412 RBIs in seven professional seasons. He’s reached as far as Double-A and his .294 average and 127 games played with the Revs in ’08 were both good for career highs (the games tied his previous mark set in ’05).  

He also became the second Rev to sign an affiliated deal this winter. Relief pitcher Travis Phelps signed with the Detroit Tigers previously.

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7 Responses

  1. This is great news for Esquivel.

    He will be missed in York. I think he would have had a monster year if he would have been in the Atlantic League for a second summer.

    He always struck me as a really friendly guy, from the few brief exchanges that I’ve had with him, so you really like to see him have some success.

    I know I’ll be keeping an eye on his stats. I would imagine that he’d be assigned to AA again. I’d like to see him play a game or two this summer when Akron comes to Reading or Harrisburg.

  2. Good news for the Indians. Sort of good news for the Revs. Matt is a great kid with a lot of baseball ahead of him. We’ll sure miss him in York.

    My wife and I had opportunities to talk to his parents when they attended one of the last home stands last season. They are delightful people and I’m sure they are very happy to hear this news.

    We’ll be watching to see how Matt does in the Indian’s organization. Good luck to Matt!

  3. Congrats Big Show, after the turn around you made you deserve another shot.

    Get to the bigs bro, would love to make a trip to see you play at the Yard some day…

  4. Matt Esquivel is huge.

  5. Haha is that to say he’s a big-time player or that he has thrown on a lot of weight and is going to have a lot of work to do this spring?

  6. Hello! I just wanted to let everyone know I have started a blog to keep track of former Revolution players. Please check it out and never hesitate to leave comments. Thank you! (RevsFan)

  7. I just realized the link didn’t show up in my last post so here it is: http://revsalumnireport.blogspot.com/

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