Alumni update: Winter ball, Nov. 14

Posted by on November 15, 2013 in Andy Marte, Bill Shipley, Camden Riversharks, Chris Cody, Joe Thurston, Justin Hampson, Lorenzo Barcelo, Mike Wuertz, Omar Javier, Ramon Castro, Ricardo Gomez, Victor Garate, York Revolution

Wade Wise, 18 of Manchester, practices a "Mondonna Tail Tap" while skating at the Reid Menzer Memorial Skatepark, Wednesday September 4, 2013. The Reid Menzer Memorial Skatepark committee will announce a capital campaign to raise $500,000 to expand the skatepark, light the skatepark to expand park hours, improve skater amenities, and provide a permanent maintenance endowment.  Through lead gifts, the campaign has already raised $260,000.  John A. Pavoncello photo -

Wade Wise, 18 of Manchester, practices a “Mondonna Tail Tap” while skating at the Reid Menzer Memorial Skatepark on Sept. 4, 2013. John A. Pavoncello photo.

Before we get to how former York Revolution players are doing in winter ball, here are couple noteworthy Atlantic League-related items to check out:

- $400K raised for skatepark: More than $400,000 has been raised for upgrades to Menzer Skatepark. Bill Shipley, who’s chairing the campaign for the skatepark’s board, said repairs are expected to be completed in fall and the expansion will start in spring. Shipley is the York Revolution principle owner, chief executive officer and is a member of the franchise’s board of directors. Shipley told The York Dispatch that  skate park organizers started raising money about a year ago for a renovation project that includes plans to install lighting to extend the park’s after-dark hours, expand it by 35 percent and repair cracks in the decking. The fundraising goal is $500,000. The park sits on land donated by the City of York in Veterans Memorial Park and was built entirely with donations. The skatepark opened in September of 2008 as a memorial to 14-year-old Reid Menzer, who was killed when he was struck by a car while riding his street luge. Reid was of Revolution president and general manager Eric Menzer. Click here to check out the full article on the fundraising effort.

- Temple to play at Camden’s Campbell’s Field: Temple University announced earlier this months the Owls’ NCAA Division I baseball team will play all but one of its home conference games at Campbell’s Field, home of the Atlantic League’s Camden Riversharks. Entering its first year as a member of the American Athletic Conference, Temple will play 11 games at Campbell’s Field in the months of April and May.

Now onto an update on the 10 former York Revolution players who are currently on rosters in three different winter leagues. All team records and players stats are through Nov. 13.

RHP Lorenzo Barcelo (Aguilas, Dominican Republic): Aguilas currently sits tied for second in the six-team Dominican Republic League, 1.5 games back of league-leader Licey. Through four starts, Barcelo is 2-1 with a 2.35 ERA, striking out 18 and walking four in 23 innings of work.

LHP Chris Cody (Aguilas): In four starts, Cody is 2-1 with a 3.60 ERA, striking out 13 and walking five in 20 innings.

RHP Ricardo Gomez (Aguilas): In six relief appearances, Gomez is 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA, striking out six and walking one in 9.1 innings.

3B Andy Marte (Aguilas): Marte has yet to hit a home run but is batting .303 with seven doubles and six RBIs in 17 games.

RHP Omar Javier (Estrellas, Dominican Republic): The Estrellas are second-to-last in the Dominican Republic standings with an 8-14 record. Javier hasn’t pitched since Oct. 27. In his lone two starts in the month of October, Javier surrendered six runs (four earned) over 5.2 innings of work, striking out six and walking three.

RHP Mike Wuertz (Mazatlan, Pacific League): Mazatlan is currently in third-place in the eight-team Pacific League with a 14-13 mark. Wuertz has been solid in nine relief appearances thus far, posting a 1.74 ERA with seven strikeouts and 11 walks over 10.1 innings of work.

LHP Victor Garate (Caracas, Venezuela League): At 13-15 overall, Caracas is tied for fourth-place in the eight-team Venezuela league. Garate hasn’t done much better, going 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in six games (five starts). The Venezuela native has given up 12 runs (nine earned) in 18 innings, striking out 21 and walking seven.

2B Ramon Castro (Aragua, Venezuela): Aragua is a game under .500 at 13-14, good enough for third place in the Venezuela standings. After playing in eight games in the month of October, Castro has been limited to two games of action in the month of November, where he has just one plate appearance. His batting average sits at .261 in 10 total games.

LHP Justin Hampson (Aragua): Hampson has been dominant of late, holding opponents hitless in his last three games and four of his last five appearances to improve his ERA to 1.35 in 10 games, striking out six and walking two.

2B Joe Thurston (Lara, Venezuela): Lara is dead-last in the Venezuela standings, having won just 10 of its 27 games so far. Despite his team’s struggles, Thurston has remained hot with a .321 batting average one homer, two triples, eight doubles, 10 RBIs and 14 runs scored in 21 games.

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