As part of a three-team trade that happened on Tuesday, March 13, the York Revolution acquired left-hander Yunior Novoa.
The Revs sent short stop Eric Eymann to Southern Maryland in return for infielder Cody Kirkland. York then shipped Kirkland to Lancaster for Novoa.
The 27-year-old Novoa went 5-5 with a 5.33 ERA for the Barnstormers last season while making 13 starts in addition to 20 appearances in relief. The 6-foot, 4-inch lefty enjoyed a strong stretch from June 18 through July 19 where he allowed two earned runs in 212/3 innings, and finished the season with 76 strikeouts and 24 walks in 82 2/3 innings. He was particularly tough against the team that he’ll now be joining, going 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in four appearances against York.
“I like the fact that he can pitch as a starter or a reliever,” Revs’ manager Andy Etchebarren said in press release. “He had some success doing both and was very tough against us last year. He’s also a good control guy with pretty good stuff.”
Novoa now gives York three left-handers in the bullpen, joining Ian Thomas and Kris Rgas. Overall, York has 13 players signed on for the 2012 campaign. For more details on the trade, click here. To check out the Revolution roster, click here.
Aspito returning to Sovereign Bank Stadium: The Revs recently announced that the franchie’s all-time home run leader, Jason Aspito, will join the team’s Fan Fest celebration on Saturday, April 21 to help raise money for the Penn State York baseball team.
Aspito, who is entering his second second as head coach at Penn State York, will hold a special pre-game home run derby before the Revolution take on an All-Star team of Susquehanna and Central League players at 1 p.m. The gates at Sovereign Bank Stadium will open at Noon, with the home run derby at 12:30.
Aspito will take 30 swings, and fans will be able to pledge whichever amount they wish upon arrival, per home run he hits. All the proceeds will go to the Penn State York baseball program.
Playing for the Revolution from the inaugural season in 2007 through 2009, Aspito established the franchise record for home runs, both career and single season, with 42 in a Revs uniform and 24 in the first playoff season of 2008. Aspito was also named the team’s most valuable player that year.
In his first year as head coach in 2011, Aspito led Penn State York to a 7-12 record. The Lions kick-off of PSY’s 2012 season is slated for next week, when the Lions travel to Gettysburg College on Tuesday, March 20. PSY will start off the season with nine road games before its home opener on April 1 against Penn State Mont Alto.
Freedom Division getting new member: It was also announced Wednesday that the expansion Sugar Land (Tex) Skeeters will replace the Road Warriors in the Freedom Division, joining York, Lancaster and Somerset. The Liberty Division will remain the same with Bridgeport, Camden, Long Island and Southern Maryland. Read more about the move here, on the York Revolution blogtoblogchamps blog.
More updates on former Revs: Former Revolution infielders Tanner Townsend and Juan Martinez recently signed deals with other independent ball clubs. Townsend, 31, has signed with the St. Paul (MN) Saints, of the American Association. Last season, York released Townsend after he batted just .209 with a homer and four RBIs in 12 games. Townsend later signed with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, where he batted .256 with 10 homers and 38 RBIs in 81 games.
The Revs brought in Martinez, 25, in late April last season. The former San Francisco Giants prospect served mainly as a backup infielder off the bench for York. He played in just 12 games, going 6-for-31 (.194) at the plate. The brother of former Revs’ catcher Octavio Martinez, Juan got his lone RBI in a Revs uniform came in a 7-3 victory over the Bridgeport Bluefish on May 11, when he drove in a tack-on run in the ninth inning with a sac fly to right. Interestingly enough, Octavio also double earlier in that inning to get his 100th double of his pro career. Juan Martinez later joined Newark, of the independent Can-Am League, and batted .318 with eight homers and 26 RBIs in 44 games.