Martinez not returning to Revs
Catcher Octavio Martinez will not be playing for the York Revolution again next season. The 32-year-old veteran was one of seven players selected by the expansion Sugar Land (Tex) Skeeters in the team’s expansion draft last week.
Having played in the Atlantic League each of the last three seasons, Martinez batted .273 with 29 RBIs and one home run in 74 games behind the plate for York a year ago. However, he lost the starting job to Salvador Paniagua in the month or so of the season. Revs’ manager Andy Etchebarren said Monday he wanted to bring back Martinez, but could not reach a deal with him.
“I love Octavio, don’t get me wrong,” Etchebarren said. “But at his price range and other guys’ price ranges, we got to stay at a certain price range in this league. So, I called up Michael (Kirk, former Revs’ Director of Baseball Operations who took over the same position in Sugar Land) and said ‘If you want him, you can have him.’”
More notable players obtained by the Skeeters include former major league pitchers Logan Kensing and Josh Banks.
Kensing is a native of San Antonio, Texas and played college ball at Texas A&M University. He has a career 5.81 ERA and 8-9 record 134 games the major league level with Florida Marlins and Washington Nationals. Last season, Kensing started the year with the Bridgeport Bluefish, accumulating a 1.59 ERA in 11 games before he was picked up by the New York Yankees and assigned to Class AAA Scranton. Kensing struggled in Scranton, though, going 1-1 with a 4.28 ERA in 21 games.
It’s unclear if Kensing will play in Sugar Land next season, though. He signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Jan. 4. The contract also includes an invite to Pirates’ spring training.
From the Long Island Ducks, the Skeeters chose former major league pitcher Josh Banks.
The 29-year-old right-hander has a career 4-8 record and 5.66 ERA in 27 games, 19 starts, at the major league level with the Toronto Blue Jay, San Diego Padres and Houston Astros. He last pitched in the majors in 2010 with the Astros.
Banks started last season with the San Francisco Giants Class AAA Fresno club. But he struggled at Fresno, going 5-6 with a 7.27 ERA in 198 games before he was released and later picked up by the Long Island Ducks. He went 1-1 with a 4.24 ERA in 3 games with the Ducks.
Relief pitcher Ryan McKeller, a native of Austin, Tex., has also been picked by the Skeeters from the Camden Riversharks. The 28-year-old former Houston Astros prospect has pitched for the Riversharks each of the last two seasons. A year ago, the righty went 0-2 with a 4.86 ERA in 25 relief appearances.
Shortstop Iggy Suarez was picked in the draft from the Lancaster Barnstormers. Suarez played college baseball at Texas State University before being drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 2003 draft. The 30-year-old infielder batted a collective .230 last season in 94 games with Lancaster, Southern Maryland and Somerset.
Finally, right-handed pitcher reliever Ryan Houston, 32, was selected from the Somerset Patriots. A former Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, and Los Angeles Angels prospect, Houston went 0-2 with a 2.10 ERA in 26 games for the Patriots last season.