Day Four: Revs spring training news, notes
Before we get to Tuesday’s practice, just wanted to point out a couple things Revs’ related:
–Feature story from Tuesday’s practice is on right-handed reliever Adam Thomas, which will be featured in Wednesday’s York Dispatch newspaper (check out the online story and video here). Thomas last pitched for York in 2007 when he was picked up by the Oakland A’s. He retired from baseball following the 2007 season but returned last year and put up lights-out numbers.
–Check out the first “REVS WRAP UP” here. The show will be featured on White Rose Community Television. Myself, YDR reporter Jim Seip, play-by-play man Darrel Henry and Revs’ media guru Paul Braverman give our pre-season thoughts.
Tuesday’s practice: Featured the first scrimmage for both York and the Sugar Land Skeeters. The game was somewhat of a lull until the later innings. The Skeeters led 3-0 until York, wearing their new blue and yellow jerseys, put a run on the board in the bottom of the seventh inning on a Salvador Paniagua that scored James Shanks from third. York broke the game open the next inning, with Travis Scott driving in Andres Perez to start things off. With runners on the corners, James Shanks scored on a past ball and after a few bad throws all around the infield, Joe Spiers came around from first to score to make it 5-3. Stephen Douglas then followed that with a solo homer to right field to make it 6-3. After Michael Hernandez reached on a single, Chris Nowak broke an 0-for-4 slump by knocking a two-run homer to center field to make it 8-3, which would end up being the final score.
Skeeters’ starter Matt Wright shut down the Revs in four innings of work, allowing just two hits and striking out six. He struck out the side in the second inning.
Revs’ starter Ryan Feierabend allowed a run on three hits in four innings, striking out one and walking one. York’s LHP Yunior Novoa gave up a hit but struck out one in one inning. RHP Omar Javier allowed two runs (including a homer) on two hits while striking out two and walking one in one inning of work.Lhp Kris Regas, RHP Adam Thomas and RHP R.J. Rodriguez each pitched an inning and struck out one.
“I thought (Feierabend) threw the ball well except he kind of decelerated on his breaking ball a little bit,” Revs’ pitching coach Mark Mason said. “So, we talked about that. Novoa just tried to overthrow a little bit. Just trying to rush to the plate and throw the ball extra hard. Other than that, I thought Regas, Thomas and R.J. threw the ball really well. Overall I thought we threw the ball well. The bullpen was good.”
As far as who played where…Shanks, Grimes and Hernandez were the LF, CF and RF. Nowak played third and Scott played first, Spiers at short stop and Perez at second. Paniagua caught. Some of the positions (like Nowak at third and Scott at first) happened mainly because some infielders have yet to arrive in York (more on that later).
Starting nine: Following the scrimmage, Revs’ manager Andy Etchebarren named his starting nine to begin the season: CF Scott Grimes, OF Stephen Douglas, 3B Ramon Castro, 1B Chris Nowak, OF Michael Hernandez, 2B Andres Perez, OF James Shanks, SS Danny Gonzalez, C Paniagua/Scott (Yes, there are four outfielders in there, so it just depends on who will DH).
“Pretty good, ain’t it?” Etchebarren said. “You got Shanks hitting seven. Gonzalez can hit, too. And the catchers will be able to drive in some runs, they’re going to have some guys in front of them.”
Set-up man: Etch’ also named right-hander Adam Thomas the team’s set-up man for closer R.J. Rodriguez.
“And we have a lot of choices of who can pitch the sixth and seventh,” he said.
Arrivals: RHP Adam Thomas showed up Monday and pitched in the scrimmage Tuesday. Right-hander Stephen Penney is expected to be in York by Tuesday night. Etch’ said he expects Castro and Liu to be in York no later than Saturday. Gonzalez could be here by the end of the week as well. It’s still unclear when Dumas Garcia might arrive. In a related note, the team has removed RHP Ricardo Gomez, who is pitching in the playoffs in Panama, to open up a roster spot. However, Gomez will join York when he’s finished in Panama.
Plans for Wednesday’s practice: The Revs will take BP in the afternoon before they meet up with the Skeeters under the lights for a scrimmage (closed to the public). LHP Chris Cody will get the start for York. Mason said RHP Shaun Garceau, RHP James Houser, LHP Ian Thomas, RHP Santo Luis will also see action. Penney might also pitch.
Geary/Richardson: Mason said RHP Geoff Geary, a former Philadelphia Phillie who pitched for York in 2011, has retired. RHP Jason Richardson underwent Tommy John surgery to his throwing elbow in October and will rehab this season in York.
Quotebook: I would have told you what some of the Skeeters’ players did on Tuesday, except every player wore number 12. Etch’ asked Sugar Land first-base coach Vic Gutierrez (former York Revolution player in 2007) about it, to which Gutierrez responded:
“It’s our first year as a franchise in 2012.”
Also, Octavio Martinez made his return to York. Martinez, who was York’s catcher for most of the 2011 season, is now catching for Sugar Land. During the scrimmage, Martinez dropped his facemask to catch a pop fly. After the play, Martinez showed off his blue mouth guard by smiling at Etch’, who responded:
“O, you got something in your teeth.”