Revs bring in Atlantic League honors
Revolution position players Chris Nowak, Andres Perez, Brandon Haveman and Michael Hernandez, starting pitchers Corey Thurman and Ryan Feierabend and reliever Ricardo Gomez earned Atlantic League post-season awards. In addition, Revs’ president and general manager Eric Menzer has been named the league’s co-General Manager of the Year. The league announced the honors last Friday.
Lancaster’s Blake Gailen took home the league’s Player of the Year honors a week after Baseball American named him the independent POY.
Nowak and Perez, whom were also selected to Baseball America’s All-Independent team, were first-team league all-star selections. Nowak had a club-record 34 homers (seven more than anyone else) while collecting 107 RBIs. It marks the league’s highest total in both categories since 2005. The slugger also batted .285 in 129 games played and finished second in the league in walks (71) and extra-base hits (63), and ranked third in on-base percentage (.391)
Perez finished fourth in the league in batting average (.314), homers (23), hits (161) and runs scored (86), tied for fourth in doubles (35), fifth in RBIs (86) and slugging percentage (.529), while leading the league in total bases (271) and tying third in extra-base hits (61). His total base and extra-base hit marks established Revs’ single-season records. The 23 homers were a career-high for Perez.
Hernandez and Haveman were second-team league selections. Hernandez finished the year batting .303 (the second-highest average on the team) and added 13 homers and 55 RBIs in 105 games played. Haveman joined York in late May after coming over from Lancaster. He went to bat .370 in his first 34 games with York and hit .290 overall in 106 games. York went 66-39 with Haveman as the lead-off man. The speedy outfielder also collected six homers, 48 RBIs and 21 stolen bases.
Pitching: Thurman, Feierabend and Gomez were also second-team selections.
Thurman went 14-3 with a 3.82 ERA in 27 starts, tying for the league-lead in wins, while topping his own club record for wins in a season when he had 13 Ws in 2011. The Revs won 22 of Thurman’s 27 starts and are 41-11 in games started by the right-hander the last two years.
Feierabend established a new team record for ERA in a season at 2.71, which was the third-best in the league. The lefty went 9-5 in 18 starts. He was one of three Revs’ players to be picked up by an affiliated club mid-way through the season when the Cincinnati Reds purchased his contract and assigned him to Class AAA Louisville, where he made seven starts before returning to York.
Gomez emerged as York’s closer this season, assuming the duties over reliever R.J. Rodriguez. The right-hander went 4-1 with a 2.66 ERA in 46 appearances, earning 17 saves in 18 tries. He came within one of matching the Revs’ single-season saves record and held opponents to a .152 batting average over 47.1 innings of work.
Menzer: Menzer shares the league’s top executive award with his predecessor in York, Matt O’Brien of the Sugar Land Skeeters. The Revs drew 273,648 fans this year over 67 openiongs for an average of 4,084 fans per game. That’s up from the average of 3,904 fans in 2011. The Revs capped things off by drawing a playoff-record crowd of 6,437 fans Sept. 29.
Looking at the rest of the country, the Revs ranked 80th among 388 minor league teams according to rankings compiled by ballparkdigest.com. The list includes affiliated, independent, summer-collegiate and Mexican League teams. York has now drawn 1.6 million fans during the six seasons Sovereign Bank Stadium has been open.
League: Click here to read about Lancaster’s honors, which include Gailen getting POY and Butch Hobson being named manager of the Year. Below is the full list of league honors, in no particular order:
FIRST TEAM: 1B Chris Nowak (York), 2B Andres Perez (York), OF Blake Gailen (Lancaster), RHP Dwayne Pollok (starter, Lancaster), OF Fehlandt Lentini (Lancaster), DH Ryan Harvey (Lancaster), C Emerson Frostad (Lancaster), LHP Tim Hamulack (reliever, Lancaster), INF Ray Navarrete (Long Island), INF Dan Lyons (Long Island), LHP Paul Oseguera (starter, Bridgeport), LHP Rommie Lewis (reliever, Bridgeport), OF Prentice Redman (Bridgeport)
SECOND TEAM: 1B Brandon Sing (Long Island), 2B Casey Benjamin (Southern Maryland), OF Brian Barton (Southern Maryland), OF Jeremy Owens (Southern Maryland), INF Eddie Rogers (Bridgeport), 3B Ofilio Castro (Sugar Land), OF Bubba Bell (Sugar Land), RHP Gary Majewski (reliever, Sugar Land)