For the second time in franchise history, a former York Revolution player has reached the major leagues.
Monday morning, left-handed reliever Justin Hampson was promoted from the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons of the International League to the New York Mets, one of a few roster moves resulting from Mets' closer Frank Francisco landing on the 15-day disabled list with an oblique strain.
Hampson was a member of the 2010 Atlantic League champion Revs, appearing in 11 games out of the bullpen. Hampson was signed by York in late May of 2010 and released after York won the first-half title in early July. With the Revs, he was 1-0 with a 4.96 ERA. He walked nine in 16 innings.
The following season he joined the Mets organization, pitching all of 2011 in Buffalo, posting a 3.41 ERA in 52 games and 58 innings of relief.
Hampson pitched even better for Buffalo this season. Upon his promotion, he had appeared in 28 games, tossing 421/3 innings, with an ERA over a run better than last season at 2.13. In both seasons with Buffalo combined, Hampson's strikeout-to-walk ratio has been better than 3-to-1, with 98 strikeouts and 31 walks since the beginning of 2011.
The Mets are Hampson's third big league team, and this will be the fourth MLB season he's pitched in. He appeared in five games for the Colorado Rockies in 2006, 39 games for the San Diego Padres in 2007 and 35 more for San Diego in 2008. Four seasons later, Hampson will make his major league comeback two seasons removed from playing in York.
For his career Hampson holds a 3.38 ERA in the big leagues in 79 career games. He has 62 strikeouts in 96 Major League innings pitched.
Hampson, 32, was originally drafted in 1999 by Colorado.
In the inaugural York Revolution season of 2007, outfielder Tike Redman played the first seven games of the season with the club, before his contract was purchased by the Baltimore Orioles. After going to Triple-A Norfolk, he ended the season in the majors with Baltimore.
While Hampson is the second former Rev to reach the majors, the organization currently has several former pitchers in Triple-A. Relievers Scott Rice (Albuquerque, Dodgers), Mike DeMark (Reno, Diamondbacks), and starters Ryan Feierabend (Lousiville, Reds) and Shawn Hill (Las Vegas, Blue Jays) are all a phone call away from a major league roster.