Revs bring back three for 2013
The York Revolution announced Wednesday the returns of three familiar faces in relief pitchers Kris Regas and Yunior Novoa and catcher Salvador Paniagua. On a side note, when I chatted with Revs’ manager Mark Mason earlier this week, he mentioned about 60 percent of the 2013 roster will include players from last year’s club. Four of the first five signings in 2013 are former Revs players. York now has three pitchers (all left-handed) and two position players under contract.
Novoa: I haven’t gotten a chance to catch up with Revs’ manager Mark Mason on the moves yet, but one can imagine York will likely try him out as a starter again and also use him as a long reliever, similar to the role he played last year. Novoa, 28, returns for his third consecutive season in the Atlantic League. He spent 2011 in Lancaster, going 5-5 with a 5.33 ERA in 13 starts and 20 relief appearances. Last season with the Revs, the left-hander went 2-6 with a 4.77 ERA in five starts and 32 relief appearances.
A Dominican Republic native, Novoa will enter his 11th year as a pro in 2013, having topped out at Class AAA Syracuse (Nationals) in 2009.
Regas: Come to think of it, all three of the Revs’ pitchers signed to this point are left-handers, including Regas. The Illinois native enjoyed one of his best seasons in 2013, going 3-2 with a 2.92 ERA in 42 relief appearances. The Jacksonville University product struck out 42 and walked 18 in 40 innings of work.
A reliever most of his career, Regas left the Revs before the start of the 2012 season to go to the Mexican League, where he tried being a starter, something he hadn’t done since 2003. In three starts and two relief appearances for Saltillo, Regas posted an 0-2 record and 6.75 ERA. He gave up 11 earned runs in 14.2 innings of work, striking out 11 and walking 10. He went at least five innings in just one of his starts. He came back to York about a month later.
A former prospect of the New York Mets and Detroit Tigers, Regas last played affiliated ball in 2009. This marks the third straight season Regas, 33, will suit up for the Revs.
Paniagua: It’s been an odd journey for Paniagua. He came to the Revs in 2011 after spending a year playing in the independent United League and Mexican League. In 2011, the Dominican Republic native started off the season backing up catcher Octavio Martinez before beating out Martinez for the starting gig in the final month or so of the season. He then 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. For the season, he batted .251 with six homers and 21 RBIs.
In 2012, York started off the year with Travis Scott and Salvador Paniagua behind the dish as a platoon. York released Paniagua on July 19 and signed his replacement, Salomon Manriquez, the next day. Paniagua, 29, batted .227 with five homers and 18 RBIs in 40 games. He went to play a combined 35 games in the independent North American League, batting .292 with seven homers and 33 RBIs between Rio Grande Valley and San Rafael.