Revs forced to make trade after releasing Rodriguez
The York Revolution filled an unexpected hole on Wednesday.
The club found out earlier this week that infielder Victor Rodriguez would not be able to make it to spring training when camp opened “due to mitigating circumstances,” said Michael Kirk, the Revolution’s director of baseball operations.
As a result, the Revs released Rodriguez on Wednesday and traded for infielder Mark Ori from the Lancaster Barnstormers.
Rodriguez, 34, signed with York in February. Last season, the Revs had first acquired Rodriguez during the Atlantic League All-Star break and plugged him into the lineup for a combined 32 games at first base, second base, third base and designated hitter during the second half. Rodriguez batted .323 with six homers and 19 RBIs with York.
Ori last season played for the Lancaster (Calif.) JetHawks, a Single-A club that’s part of the Houston Astros minor league system. In 113 games, Ori batted .280 with four home runs and 52 RBIs.
The 27-year-old lefthander will also bring solid defense to York, Kirk said.
“He’s a left-handed hitting first baseman and he’s an excellent defenseman,” Kirk said. “He’s pretty young and he’s put up some big numbers. But most people don’t realize how much defense is involved in saving runs. And he’s really good defensively.”
Ori had signed on to play with the Barnstormers in February. It’s unclear what York will send to Lancaster in the trade.
The 6-foot, 4-inch infielder is originally from Illinois. He played three seasons in college at Northwestern University, where in 2005 he batted .305 with 35 RBIs and three home runs. That year, Ori was drafted in the 14th round by the Astros.
His best season came with Class A Salem in 2008, batting .304 with 11 homers and 89 RBIs. After spending all of 2009 with Class AA Corpus Christi, hitting .262, Ori went to the Class A California League last year.
With the release of Rodriguez and the acquisition of Ori, the Revs have 25 players under contract for the 2011 season with spring training set to begin in York on Monday.
York will open defense of its Atlantic League championship on Friday, April 29, when it will host the Camden Riversharks at Sovereign Bank Stadium. The game will be preceded by a championship ring ceremony and the unveiling of the championship banner, honoring the 2010 club.
– Reach John Walk at 505-5406 or jwalk@york dispatch.com.