York Revolution reliever Josh Judy became the second Atlantic League player to get picked up by a major league organization during the 2013 regular season when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signed the right-hander to a contract Thursday.
He'll report to the Angels' Class AA affiliate Arkansas.
Judy becomes the first Revs player to get signed by a major league club this year and the first ever to be signed by the Angels.
Los Angeles didn't sign one player out of the Atlantic League during the 2012 season after signing two in the 2011 season. One of those two pick-ups in 2011 -- relief pitcher Jerome Williams -- has turned out to be a great addition by the Angels. Williams posted a 2.91 ERA in eight games (seven starts) for the Lancaster Barnstormers before being signed by the Angels in June 2011 and has appeared in 50 major league games for the Angels since then.
A former big leaguer with a fastball in the low 90s, Judy posted a 1-0 record and 2.25 ERA in four relief appearances for the Revs. The West Virginia native has been aiming to get back to the majors since pitching there in 2011 with the Cleveland Indians. Even that journey to the majors, though, was quite remarkable considering what Judy had been through to get there.
Indiana Institute of Technology, a small NCAA Division III school with roughly the same student population as York College's 4,000-plus students, was the only school to recruit Judy out of University High School in Morgantown, W. Va.
The 6-foot, 4 inch righty then used the opportunity at Indiana Tech to later get drafted in 2007 by the Cleveland Indians in the 34th round. He then overcame the doubts that often surface against players drafted in the later rounds to make it to the big leagues with the Indians in 2011.
"I'm just lucky to not only get drafted, but was able to get to the major leagues at the highest stage," Judy had said during an interview last month at Sovereign Bank Stadium following York's second day of spring training practice. "And I want to continue my career. I don't think it's over yet."
Judy struggled in the majors in 2011, posting a 7.07 ERA in 12 games with Cleveland. The Cincinnati Reds claimed him off waivers the ensuing offseason and in 2012 he put up the worst numbers of his career, with a 6.99 ERA in 40 relief appearances with the Reds' Class AAA Louisville club. But Judy put part of the blame on the team for trying him out as a long reliever after being a "one-inning guy" his entire pro career.
Not alone: Judy will join six other former Revs in affiliated ball.
Pitchers Shawn Hill (Detroit Tigers), Ian Thomas (Atlanta Braves), Ryan Feierabend (Texas Rangers), Omar Javier (San Francisco Giants), Justin Hampson (New York Mets) and outfielder Michael Hernandez (Tigers) are currently playing in the minors.
York alum Scott Rice is still a vital part of the Mets' bullpen, posting a 1.84 ERA in 16 relief appearances in the majors this season.
-- Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.