Keller lands with Diamondbacks

We’re always hearing that the Atlantic League serves as the road to affiliated ball for more than players.

Managers. Coaches. Executives.

revs david kellerThey too are hoping to improve themselves through the indy league. So it’s nice to see that the system continues to work.

David Keller, the Camden Riversharks’ director of baseball operations, has joined the Arizona Diamondbacks’ baseball operations staff. As many of you will recall, Keller served one year under Adam Gladstone, the Revs’ director of baseball ops, with BASA in York’s inaugural season before taking on the gig in Camden last year.

Keller, also formerly of the Philadelphia Phillies video scouting department, did a tremendous job with Camden last year. The ‘Sharks had 12 players signed by affiliated organizations — best in the Atlantic League — and their roster was completely altered because of it. Yet Camden still managed to qualify for the playoffs while knocking off Long Island in a huge upset in the first round.

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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.”

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McCurdy excels in winter ball

When the dog days of summer roll around every year, you can count on affiliated organizations scouring the Atlantic League for talent.

Revolution vs BarnstormersThere are a number of reasons to explain this. Injured players (think Kenny Perez) can open a void at Triple-A in a certain system. Maybe a team wants to reacquire a familiar face. Heck, maybe a particular organization is facing the reality that it did a horrendous job of drafting players.    

Whatever the reason, unfortunately many Atlantic Leaguers are viewed as nothing more than short-term rentals. Luckily, that doesn’t appear to be the case with former Revolution relief pitcher Nick McCurdy.

The right-hander signed an affiliated deal with the Florida Marlins after earning the save in the 2008 Atlantic League All-Star game and he’s had plenty of success with the Fish. McCurdy, 28, has pitched for the Marlins in winter ball in Puerto Rico and has done pretty well.

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Minor stays with Shorebirds

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It was almost a foregone conclusion that Ryan Minor would eventually land a managing job in the Atlantic League — until the big names came a calling, that is.

Von Hayes. Gary Carter. Wally Backman. All had more panache then the former heir apparent to Cal Ripken Jr., leaving Minor to take his act to the Delmarva Shorebirds (the Single-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles) a season ago.

Minor served as the Shorebirds’ field coach in 2008 and he’ll return to Delmarva in the same capacity this season, according to a news release from the Orioles. Minor is a Salisbury, Md. resident, which is very close to Delmarva, so the proximity to his family is a definite perk of the position.

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Redman lands in Mexico

Although Tike Redman’s year-and-a-half stint with the Baltimore Orioles appears to be over, the 31-year-old outfielder has not given up on his professional baseball career quite yet.

Royals Orioles BaseballBased on results pumped through the trusty Spanish-to-English translator and this online report, it appears that Redman is playing for Algodoneros de Guasave of the Mexican Pacific League this winter.

As most of you will recall, Redman was the first York Revolution player in history to earn an affiliated deal. He landed with the Orioles in May of 2007 and was assigned to Triple-A Norfolk after hitting .464 with 13 hits in just seven games with the Revs.

With the Tides the last two years, Redman served as a trusty outfielder and leadoff man, hitting .304 in ’07 with 25 stolen bases and then following that up with a .292 average in 116 games in ’08. Unfortunately, the acquisitions of Adams Jones and Luke Scott in the Miguel Tejada deal prior to the ’08 season left little room in the majors for Redman and he never saw the inside of Camden Yards all season. 

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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.

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Game 120: Bridgeport 8, York 4

Since a franchise-record, eight-game winning streak vaulted the York Revolution well in front of the Freedom Division pack, York has struggled to get another similar streak going.

Sloppy defense ensured that trend continued Tuesday night in Bridgeport, Conn.

York committed three errors — all in the third inning — and lost an 8-4 decision to Bridgeport before an announced crowd of 928 at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard. Two of the miscues came from Keoni De Renne, who now has 32 errors on the year, and the Revs (28-22, 58-62) left 13 men on base for the night.

The game against Bridgeport (25-25, 58-62) also included a 1 hour and 11-minute rain delay. And even though York rallied from an 8-1 deficit and had 15 hits, the Revs couldn’t get the big hit to climb all the way back into the game.

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