Feierabend, Marte returning to minors
Two former York Revolution players were signed to minor league deals by major league clubs over the weekend.
Starting pitcher Ryan Feierabend (Texas Rangers) is back in the same organization with whom he ended the 2013 season, while third baseman Andy Marte (Arizona Diamondbacks) is with a new organization.
Former Revs’ reliever Josh Judy (Los Angeles Dodgers) signed a minor league contract earlier this month and starting pitcher Ian Thomas (Atlanta Braves) is expected to be back in the Braves’ minor league system following a highly successful 2013 season with Atlanta’s Class AA Mississippi affiliate. Big league reliever Scott Rice, who began the 2011 season in York, is expected to be back with the Mets after hernia surgery in September cut his 2013 season short.
Feierabend: Feierabend, 28, went 8-5 with a 2.91 ERA in 17 starts for the Revs in 2012. With the Rangers’ Class AAA Round Rock affiliate last season, the left-hander went 6-5 with a 3.66 ERA in 24 games (16 starts), striking out 79 and walking 33 in a team-high 120 1/3 innings of work. Feierabend pitched in the majors in spurts from 2006 through 2008, compiling a 2-11 record and 7.22 ERA in 25 games (19 starts) with the Seattle Mariners.
Marte: Marte, 30, played in 96 games for the Revs in 2013 before getting picked up by the Los Angeles Angels on Aug. 4. At the time, Marte’s 19 homers were third-most in the Atlantic League and his 74 RBIs were second-most in the league. He also batted .301 and scored 61 runs for the Revs. He went on to put up similarly strong numbers for the Angels’ Class AAA affiliate at Salt Lake, where he clubbed six homers to go with 18 RBIs and a .362 batting average in 26 regular-season games. Salt Lake later reached the Pacific Coast League Championship Series.
Marte played in 301 games in the majors from 2005 through 2010 for the Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians. He has a career .218 big-league batting average. He has been spending his winter playing baseball in the Dominican Republic winter league, where he has a .257 average, three homers and 20 RBIs in 35 games.
Other signings: If I had the time (I don’t), I’d write out the whole list of former Atlantic Leaguers signed to minor league deals for 2014. Instead, baseballamerica.com has you covered. Click here to check out 13 pages worth of minor league free agents (alphabetized by last name) who have signed deals for 2014. Just browsing over it, looks like there are dozens of former Atlantic Leaguers in there.
Coaching moves: The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs announced last week manager Patrick Osborn is leaving the club to manage one of the New York Yankees’ Gulf Coast League teams. Click here to check out more info. Revs’ media guru Paul Braverman posted Monday that former Revs’ slugger Jose Herrera will be coaching one of the Washington Nationals’ rookie ball clubs. Click here for more info on that.