York Revolution manager Mark Mason said Thursday night former Revs’ starting pitcher Derrick Gordon, 29, has retired.
Gordon has taking a coaching job at the high school or college level somewhere in Texas, according to Mason. Gordon is originally from Beaumont, Texas and played college ball at Lamar University, located in Beaumont. Gordon retires after spending the last two seasons playing indy ball, most recently with the Revs.
A 26th round draft pick of the Oakland Athletics in 2006, Gordon reached Class AAA Sacramento in 2010. He first came to the Atlantic League in 2011, going 7-4 with a 2.63 ERA in 11 starts for the Somerset Patriots.
Gordon joined the Sugar Land Skeeters to start 2012 in Sugar Land’s inaugural season. He went there to be closer to home.
“Sugar Land is about an hour and a half from our home. So, I decided to there,” he had said last July.
But the left-hander struggled with the Skeeters, going 1-4 with a 6.44 ERA in eight starts and seven relief appearances.
“It’s tough to get comfortable coming from the ‘pen and then into the (starting) rotation, back and forth,” he had said of his time in Sugar Land. “But it’s one of those things you gotta do. You either do it or don’t.”
York acquired Gordon in July. Mason had the hopes of turning Gordon around by getting Gordon to establish his off-speed pitches and not leave his fastball out over the plate. Whatever the method, it seemed to work. Gordon went 4-3 with a 4.29 ERA in 11 starts for the Revs.
“Every time he threw an off-speed pitch the right-handers (right-handed batters) pulled it over the grandstand (foul) because they’re thinking fastball and they’re way out in front of it,” Mason had said last July following Gordon’s first start for York. “He threw a curveball and a changeup. Every ball hit hard tonight was fastball.”
Although he had a solid year for York, Gordon isn’t a huge loss to the Revs. Not only was Gordon inconsistent, he also didn’t go long in games – only three starts did he toss at least six innings.
Changes: Gordon becomes the 14th player who finished the 2012 season with York but won’t be on the Revs’ Opening Day roster in 2013. He joins pitchers Mike Benacka, Ryan Feierabend, Ricardo Gomez, R.J. Rodriguez and Chris Waters, catchers Salomon Manriquez and Travis Scott, infielders David Espinosa, Chris Nowak and Liu Rodriguez and outfielders Scott Grimes, Brandon Haveman and Michael Hernandez.
Benacka, Feierabend, Nowak and Hernandez are in minor league (affiliated) spring training camps. Gomez will start the 2013 season pitching in the Mexican League. R.J. Rodriguez and Espinosa have signed to play in the American Association. Waters has taken a player-coach gig with a pro team in Hawaii. Manriquez was signed by Camden on Thursday. Liu Rodriguez is playing in Italy in 2013. And Grimes and Haveman have retired.
Manriquez: The Camden Riversharks announced Thursday the signing of Manriquez, along with outfielder Johnny Drennen, infielder Jeremy Barnes and pitcher Ari Ronick.
Manriquez, who played for Spain in the World Baseball Classic, batted .287 with two homers, 14 RBIs and 16 runs scored in 30 games for the Revs last season. It marked the second time of his career playing for York. The Venezuela native first suited up for the Revs in 2010, hitting an impressive .327 with three homers and 15 RBIs and 13 runs scored in 26 games.
Mason said Thursday that Manriquez previously played for new Camden manager Ron Karkovice in Newark in 2009. Karkovice, the former longtime White Sox catcher, is taking over the Sharks’ managerial duties this season after serving as Camden’s bench coach in 2012.
Rice: Former Revs’ reliever Scott Rice threw one inning of scoreless ball in relief for the New York Mets in big league spring training Thursday. Facing the Detroit Tigers, Rice replaced reliever Pedro Feliciano in the top of the eighth inning. The 6-foot, 7-inch left-hander allowed a single to left to Kevin Russo but followed that by getting Victor Martinez to ground into a double-play. Rice then struck out Matt Tuiasosopo for the final out (in case you’re wondering, Matt is related to Roniah, the fake Manti Te’o girlfriend).
With the performance, Rice improved his ERA from 4.50 to 3.86 this spring. It marked his fourth appearance for the Mets thus far in camp.
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