The York Revolution announced four player signings Friday.
Major League veteran right-hander Shawn Hill, dominant with the Revs in 2012, will return to the club along with big league veteran reliever Michael Wuertz, an Atlantic League All-Star last season. The club has also signed Atlantic League veteran infielders Travis Garcia and Brandon Chaves, increasing the team's preseason roster total to 20 players under contract with opening day just more than one month away.
Hill went 2-0 with a 2.43 ERA in seven appearances for the Revs during the 2012 season, including a memorable five starts in which he did not allow a run over 27.2 innings, a franchise record for a consecutive inning scoreless streak. His performance earned him a contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, where he would earn a late-season recall after going 9-2 at Triple-A Las Vegas. The Mississauga, Ontario native returned to the big leagues with his home Provence team, earning a win with three scoreless innings in a relief outing against the New York Yankees on Sept. 29 in his lone appearance.
Hill spent last season at Triple-A Toledo in the Detroit Tigers system, and has spent parts of seven years in the Majors. Originally a sixth round draft choice of the Montreal Expos in 2000, Hill spent his first four big league seasons with Montreal / Washington, and has also pitched with San Diego and Toronto. The 32-year-old posted a 2.61 ERA in four starts with his hometown Blue Jays in 2010, and holds a career 4.69 ERA in 45 big league appearances.
Wuertz was one of the top relievers in the league last season, going 4-2 with six saves and a 2.86 ERA in 53 appearances. The righty held opponents to a .193 average and whiffed 62 batters in 50.1 innings of work, earning an appearance in the Atlantic League All-Star Game. The 35-year-old is an eight-year Major League veteran, spending his first five seasons with the Chicago Cubs before being dealt to the Oakland Athletics prior to the 2009 season. That year, Wuertz went 6-1 with a 2.63 ERA in 74 games out of the A's bullpen, and led all American League relievers with 102 strikeouts. Wuertz is 21-11 with a 3.71 ERA in 426 career big league appearances.
Garcia returns to the Atlantic League for the first time since an injury-shortened 2012 season. During his first four seasons in the league, Garcia was one of the circuit's top offensive performers with Southern Maryland. Among his Blue Crab highlights, the New York City native batted an eye-popping .353 in 79 games to begin the 2009 season, earning a midseason contract with the Seattle Mariners. That season also marked the first of three consecutive seasons during which he belted 16 or more home runs in the Atlantic League, including 18 in just 69 games with the Blue Crabs in 2011.
Originally a New York Mets farmhand, the Iona College product starred for four years in the Frontier League before first coming to the Atlantic League in 2008. Garcia played for Revs manager Mark Mason in the Frontier League with OhioValley and Chillicothe.
Chaves returns to the Atlantic League for a fourth season. The dependable infielder spent all of the 2010 season with Bridgeport, appeared briefly with Bridgeport and Somerset in 2011 after playing in Italy, and after another summer in Italy in 2012, returned to the Bluefish last season, batting .273 in 81 games played. The Hilo, HI native was originally a tenth round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2000, and played in the Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Tampa Bay organizations, reaching Triple-A Durham with the Rays in 2009.
The 2014 season begins on April 24 when the Revs host the Camden Riversharks at Santander Stadium.