As much as the York Revolution wanted Nick Schumacher back for the 2012 season, they couldn't do much to keep him.
The Revs had acquired Schumacher from American Association club Sioux City (Iowa) near the end of the 2011 season in exchange for a player to be named later. As is often the case in the Atlantic League, that deal really meant Schumacher would be the player to be named later. The Revs had to send him back to Sioux City when the 2011 season finished.
In the meantime, Schumacher went 3-2 with a 2.37 ERA in seven starts for York, including a 1-1 mark and a 1.31 ERA in two playoff starts, including a complete-game, eight-inning, one-run performance at Long Island in Game 1 of the Atlantic League Championship Series. The Ducks won that game, 1-0.
Sioux City owned Schumacher's rights for the following season, too. So the Revs naturally jumped on Schumacher, 27, when the former San Diego Padres prospect cleared waivers in the American Association this offseason.
"He sent me an email and gave (Revs' manager Mark) Mason a call," Revs' baseball operations manager Andrew Ball said. "He said 'I'm on waivers, would you guys be interested in signing me?' He's actually leaving soon to go down to pitch for Team Spain in the WBC (World Baseball Classic)."
Schumacher, a California native, is one of three players that York announced on Friday it has signed for the 2013 season. The team is also bringing back infielder Johan Limonta, while welcoming former big-league reliever Josh Judy. York now has 14 players under contract - seven pitchers and seven position players.
Judy: At 27 years old and less than two years removed from pitching in the big leagues, Judy has a good shot at being picked up by a major league organization should he perform well.
The 6-foot, 4-inch right-handed reliever went 6-2 with a 3.12 ERA and 23 saves in 50 appearances at the Cleveland Indians' Class AAA Columbus affiliate in 2011 in his fifth year as a pro. The performance led to Judy's big-league debut that season with Cleveland, where the West Virginia native had a 7.07 ERA in 12 appearances. Mason isn't sure yet where Judy will fit in with the Revs' bullpen.
"I'd say seventh inning and beyond," Mason said. "It's hard for me to look into one thing. I have to see all the guys once they get here. I know he's a big, power thrower. I'm a big fan of guys who throw hard in the bullpen."
Limonta: Limonta, 29, comes back to York after batting .284 with one homer and 14 RBIs in just 35 games for the Revs in the final month or so of the 2012 season.
The Cuban defector spent his first six pro seasons in the Seattle Mariners' organization. His best year came in 2011, when he hit .319 with 14 homers and 84 RBIs in 109 games at Class AAA Tacoma. The Mariners released him from Tacoma in 2012 after 41 games.
Mason said he envisions Limonta mostly playing first base while also seeing some action in right field and at designated hitter.
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