Brian Burgamy might still return to York at some point this season. The Revolution are just going to have to wait a little bit longer. Out of work since his Mexican League team finished playing Aug. 3, the former Revs slugger signed over the weekend with St. Paul in the independent American Association.
St. Paul is still mathematically alive for the post-season, although the Saints are sitting 10.5 games back of Fargo-Moorhead in the North Division and 5.5 games back of Gary SouthShore in the wildcard. The American Association regular season finishes Sept. 2. York’s final regular season game is Sept. 15, meaning Burgamy could come back to the Revs if St. Paul doesn’t make the playoffs.
York was hoping to bring Burgamy back after he finished playing in the Mexican League. Revs’ manager Mark Mason had said last week Burgamy told him he wanted to go home and rest briefly and then he’ll touch base with Mason on possibly returning to York. The slugger left the Revs in early June for Campeche. At the time, he led the team lead in batting average (.345) home runs (nine), runs scored (38), total bases (98), walks (32) and triples (three). He was also second on the team in hits (57) behind Andres Perez.
The Oklahoma native batted .335 with 15 homers and 35 RBIs in 48 games with Campeche.
While players have a better chance at getting picked up out of the Atlantic League by a major league club, some still leave for the Mexican League for the chance to make more money. That move made sense for Burgamy, 32, who was in his fifth-straight season in the Atlantic League and likely didn’t have much of a chance to get signed by a big league organization no matter how good his numbers were with the Revs.
For that same reason, it makes sense he opted to go to the American Association instead of return to York. Each team in the American Association has some sort of option where they can pay two veteran players a lot more money than the remaining players on the roster. Burgamy likely falls in that category for St. Paul.
Of course, this isn’t the first time something like this happened to York. During the off-season, former York closer R.J. Rodriguez signed with the American Association’s Lincoln ballclub.
“R.J. loves me to death. He told me it’s not personal,” Mason had said in an interview in March. “He needs a change of scenery. He’ll make a little bit more money than he did here.”
Burgamy is already doing a good job helping St. Paul in its push for the post-season. The first baseman is only 2-for-9 in three games so far, but both hits are homers, including a walk-off two-run homer in extra-innings Sunday night.
Revs win again: It feels weird to type those words. Yes. York won again Sunday night, defeating Lancaster in the series finale, 6-4, to win the three-game series, 3-to-1 and become the 2013 Community Cup champions. To check out the game story, click here.
With 32 games to play, York is still 10 games back of Sugar Land for first place in the second-half Freedom Division race. The wildcard picture is even worse, as the Revs are 13.5 back of Somerset in that category. Mason shares his thoughts on that in the game story.
Tomko leaves York: Click here to check out a blog post on Brett Tomko and his plans for the next steps in his career. The former Revs’ ace took time out to return my phone call Sunday afternoon while sitting in the Detroit airport waiting for a flight to Arizona, where he’ll begin an introduction to scouting camp Monday.
As for York’s plan to fill the hole in the rotation left by Tomko’s departure, Mason said he’s trying to bring a starting pitcher in “hopefully in the next three to four days.”
Perez, Hernandez out: Second baseman Andres Perez and outfielder Michael Hernandez did not see action Sunday night. Perez said he is recovering from a left shoulder injury suffered when he landed on the shoulder Saturday while trying to make a play in the field. He said he’s day-to-day. Hernandez left the club for personal reasons but is expected to return Tuesday, Mason said.
Somerset’s Fox signed by Diamondbacks: The Arizona Diamondbacks signed Somerset infielder Jake Fox on Sunday. MLBdailydish.com reporter Chris Cotillo broke the news first. This is the second year in a row Fox got picked up out of the Atlantic League by a major league club (last year it was the Phillies). A potential Atlantic League Player of the Year candidate, Fox leaves Somerset leading the league in homers (25) and RBIs (82) to go along with a .310 batting average (sixth league) and 62 runs scored (eighth league).
Fox will report to Class AAA Reno, where he’ll join former Sugar Land Skeeters’ pitcher Matt Wright. Fox is the fifth Somerset player signed by a major league organization this season. He’s also the third Atlantic League player picked up by the Arizona Diamondbacks this year, joining Wright and outfielder Dustin Martin (Sugar Land).
Veracruz advances: Veracruz won its best-of-five first-round playoff series over Carmen, 3-1, over the weekend. As a result, Veracruz now advances to the best-of-seven series semifinal round against Quintana Roo. Why is that important? Well, former Revs’ pitchers Lorenzo Barcelo and Ricardo Gomez play for Veracruz, which means the pitchers could return to York when Veracruz is finished playing. In the semis against Quintana Roo, Barcelo and Gomez will face a pair of former Atlantic Leaguers in pitchers Horacio Ramirez (Lancaster) and Kelvin Villa (Sugar Land).Read More