How the Scott, Gonzalez signings impact the Revs
The York Revolution added two more players to the 2012 roster this week with catcher Travis Scott and long-time Atlantic League short stop Danny Gonzalez.
Both are pretty good additions to the club.
Catcher: Scott, who turns 27 in late April, will likely compete with Salvador Paniagua for the starting gig at catcher. Paniagua, 28, hit .254 with six homers and 21 RBIs in 57 games last season for York. After backing up Octavio Martinez for most of last season, Paniagua edged out Martinez in the final month or so of the season. Paniagua went on to provide a pair of clutch hits in a Game 2 victory over the Lancaster Barnstormers in the Freedom Division Series, including a seventh-inning tiebreaking homer.
Talking about Paniagua in January, Revs’ manager Andy Etchebarren said he liked what he saw last season out of Paniagua, but stopped short of naming him the everyday catcher.
“He has to do some certain things behind the plate during spring training (to earn the starting spot),” Etchebarren had said.
Scott’s best seasons were from 2007 to 2009, when he hit at least .270 or better at the Mariners’ Class High-A team High Desert. He started 2010 with Rockford, of the independent Northern League, by hitting .300 with five homers and 29 RBIs before being picked up by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Before even playing for the Angels, though, the Pirates selected Scott in the Rule 5 draft that season.
Revs’ baseball operations manager Andrew Ball said earlier this week that Paniagua and Scott will likely battle for the starting catcher spot.
“We really looked at it as if we need two number-one catchers. I think from the beginning we’ll see them split time fifty-fifty,” Ball said. “Then whatever guy plays better will get the job.”
Short stop: This season will mark Gonzalez’s sixth in the Atlantic League. He has a career .294 batting average in the Atlantic League in a combined 484 games. Playing for the Atlantic League’s Road Warriors last season, Gonzalez batted .289 with four homers and 37 RBIs in 95 games for the Road Warriors.
Gonzalez , 30, will likely start at short stop for York, Ball said.Etchebarren has previously stated that infielder Ramon Castro will likely move from short stop, where he spent most of last year for York, back to third base, where he played for York in 2010. Vince Harrison, York’s thirdbaseman in 2011, has retired and is now coaching in the Pirates minor league system.
“I think right now that’s definitely how we view Danny: as a starting short stop,” Ball said. “And he gives us a little more range up the middle than Castro did,” Ball said.
Scott, who is a left-handed hitter, and Gonzalez, who is a swtich-hitter, will also help York’s lineup.
“It gives us some flexibility. We’re pretty right-handed hitting team right now. So having a left-handed guy and a switch-hitter will help,” Ball said.
More former Atlantic League players sign affiliated deals:
—Right-handed pitchers Josh Banks and Fernando Hernandez, who both played in the Atlantic League last season, have signed minor league deals with affiliated clubs. The Baltimore Orioles signed Banks, who went 1-1 with a 4.24 ERA in three starts for the Long Island last season. The expansion Sugar Land Skeeters had selected the rights to Banks, 29, in the their expansion draft in January. Banks has played in 27 games at the major league level with Toronto Blue Jays, San Diego Padres and Houston Astros from 2007 to 2010. Hernandez, 27, was picked up by the Toronto Blue Jays. He went 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in 13 relief appearances for the Camden Riversharks last season. He appeared in the big leagues in 2008, allowing six earned runs on four hits over three appearances with the Oakland Athletics.