Add one more name to the list of players who won’t be returning to the York Revolution in 2012. Right-handed pitcher Justin Edwards has signed with the Lincoln Saltdogs, of the independent American Association. The team announced the signing on Jan. 19.
(One could say the Revs and Saltdogs exchanged pitchers, being that Lincoln traded reliever Santo Luis to York a few days ago).
The Revs had acquired Edwards in early September of last season. At the time, York was attempting to rebuild its rotation in the final weeks of the regular season.
Edwards, 27, was lights out in his first start for York on Sept. 4, holding the Road Warriors scoreless in six innings of work. The righty didn’t fair so well in his next outing, though, allowing four runs on six hits in 2.2 innings in a 4-2 loss at Somerset on Sept. 11. Edwards then moved into the bullpen, making two more appearances the rest of the season – he held Southern Maryland scoreless in 2.1 innings on Sept. 17 and pitched 0.2 innings of scoreless ball in the 6-1 loss to the Lancaster Barnstormers in Game 4 of the Atlantic League Freedom Division Series.
He was kept off the Revs’ Atlantic League Championship Series roster.
In all, Edwards went 1-1 with a 2.40 ERA in in two starts and two relief apperances for York, allowing four earned runs on 12 hits while striking out eight in 11.2 innings of work.
The 6-foot, 200-pounder has spent all of his four professional seasons in independent ball. He has a career 16-11 record with a 3.65 ERA.
This season will mark his first time playing in the American Association. He had previously played in the independent Frontier League with the Washington Wild Things from 2009 to 2011.
He made his pro debut in 2008 with the Worcester Tornadoes, of the independent Can-Am League. (Don’t worry, this story get better). The interesting thing that year? Edwards played alongside outfielder Scott Grimes – York’s centerfielder each of the last two seasons and the 2010 Atlantic League Co-MVP – and infielder Chuck Jeroloman – a former Revs’ infielder who is now a college coach (2008 info is according to thebaseballcube.com).
With Edwards’ departure, the list of players not returning to the Revs next season has grown to four. Starting pitcher Nick Schumacher last week signed with Sioux City, also of the American Association. Catcher Octavio Martinez was drafted by the Sugar Land (Tex) Skeeters in the team’s expansion draft last week. And reliever Sean Stidfole recently announced his retirement.Read More