He would like to say he planned it this way. That he knew all along his Opening Day roster in his inaugural season as the York Revolution manager would feature a stellar starting rotation. But Mark Mason admits he's a little surprised by the way things have fallen into place.
Mason anticipated the returns of veteran workhorses Corey Thurman and Chris Cody. What he didn't know was that former big league pitcher Matt Fox would jump on board. Or that right-hander Nick Schumacher, who dazzled for the Revs in the 2011 postseason, would be available.
Or that former Southern Maryland Blue Crabs' starter Nick Green would want to come to York. The Revs announced the signing of Green on Friday, along with utility man Brian Burgamy and former big league reliever Juan Rincon.
Green's addition rounds out York's starting rotation.
"I'm thrilled with the rotation we have," Mason said. "It could possibly be one of the best rotations we've had since I've been here. On paper I think we have five guys who are proven. Every guy brings something to the table. We have guys with big league experience and some who are Atlantic League All-Stars."
Green, 28, is a former prospect of the Los Angeles Angels and Milwaukee Brewers who has spent the last two seasons pitching for Southern Maryland, going a combined 19-16 with a 3.81 ERA in 53 games (51 starts).
Looking for a change of scenery, Green opted to sign with York shortly after a contract to pitch for a team in Taiwan fell through last month. The 6-foot, 4-inch right-hander will join former teammates Cody, Rincon and catcher Patrick Arlis in York.
"I've always thought highly of York," Green said. "Mason called and he expressed interest as soon as I was available. From Day One it was one of those things, you always want to feel wanted. I had a couple days to think about it."
Unlike a lot of pitchers who have played as much as him, Green has been healthy his entire nine-year pro career. However, he has thrown a ton of innings the last two seasons, logging a total of 318.2 innings. By comparison, Thurman has thrown 288.1 innings in two complete seasons the last two years for York. But Mason isn't concerned about possible wear and tear on Green's arm.
"I'm really not. He's just one of those kind of guys that he's healthy and in some ways it's like freak-healthy sometimes," Mason said. "I just think that's who he is. We'll let him be himself. We're not gonna overwork him."
BURGAMY: York acquired Burgamy, 31, from Camden in a trade that sent catcher Salomon Manriquez to the Riversharks. A former prospect of the San Diego Padres, Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets, Burgamy will enter his sixth season in the Atlantic League. Last season, he batted .292 with 20 homers, 81 RBIs and 82 runs scored in 122 games for Camden.
"The thing I like about Brian is I know Brian can play short (stop), first base, third (base) and outfield," Mason said. "He basically told me 'I don't care where I play, I want to win.'"
RINCON: Rincon, 34, comes to the Revs less than three years removed from pitching for the Colorado Rockies in the big leagues. He has seen a total of 444 games at the major league level, pitching for the Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers and Colorado from 2001 to 2010. He also recently pitched for his native Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic.
The 5-foot-11 right-hander posted a 1.88 ERA in 20 games for Bridgeport last season before being picked up by the Los Angeles Angels and assigned to Class AAA Salt Lake, where he compiled a 3.12 ERA in 17 games (three starts).
Rincon is the eighth former big leaguer on the Revs' 2013 roster. York now has 20 players under contract for the upcoming season - 11 pitchers and nine position players.
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