Former Revs’ pitchers get affiliated deals
One is a big-name pitcher (at least in Revs’ history). The other not so much. As pointed out on the Revs’ blogtoblogchamps.com blog and first reported by mlive.com, former Revs’ starter Shawn Hill has signed with the Detroit Tigers.
Hill, if you remember, started off the year with York out of the bullpen, giving up a combined eight earned runs in two appearances. He then switched to his normal role as a starter and pitched a combined 27.2 scoreless innings, setting a new club record in the process. The Blue Jays signed Hill in June and he went on to put up a 9-2 record and 4.52 ERA at Class AAA Las Vegas. The Blue Jays called him up to the big league roster in the final week of the season. Hill made the most of his one relief appearance. Facing the New York Yankees on Sept. 29.
According to the mlive.com article, Hill elected free agency after the season instead of accepting an assignment to Class AAA Las Vegas. He’ll apparently be used as a starter for the Tigers’ Class AAA Toledo club. All of this is pretty remarkable considering Hill’s recent journey back the majors after what he had been through.
Javier: The other pitcher to get an affiliated deal? Right-hander Omar Javier. (Credit to Revs’ media guru Paul Braverman for first bringing this to light). That’s right, the same pitcher who gathered a 5.67 ERA and 1-6 record in nine starts and 13 relief appearances for York has found a deal with a big league club. Javier apparently has an invite to the San Francisco Giants’ spring training, according to press release sent out by the Newark Bears. After being released by the Revs in late July, Javier went on to pitch for Newark. He started six games for the Bears, posting a 2-2 record and a 3.74 ERA over 33.2 innings pitched. The Dominican Republic native has a shot at making the Giants’ Class AA Richmond (Va) Flying Squirrels club.
Rice: Javier has yet to give up a run in one start and three relief appearances for in the winter Dominican Baseball League for the Oriente Stars. Also playing for the Stars is former Revs’ reliever Scott Rice, who has a 2.45 ERA in 10 relief appearances. Rice pitched for the Revs in 2011, going 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA in 15 games before being picked up by the L.A. Dodgers. He went 2-3 with a 4.40 ERA at Class AAA Albuquerque last season.
Former big leaguer and Camden Riversharks’ outfielder Felix Pie and former big leaguer and Skeeters’ pitcher Pedro Liriano are also playing for the Stars.