The York Revolution have added three pitchers to the 2016 preseason roster, including York County native Eric Thomas.
The team has also re-signed late-inning reliever Ty’Relle Harris, while adding fellow reliever Daniel Carela. The additions were announced on Wednesday by manager Mark Mason in a news release.
A first-year pro, Thomas is set to make his professional debut when the club opens spring training next week. The 6-foot, 4-inch lefty completed a four-year career at NCAA Division I Rider University in New Jersey last season. He is a Dallastown High School graduate.
The 23-year-old comes to camp with high praise from a couple longtime Revs' players.
“I was contacted by (catcher) Salvador Paniagua,” Mason said in the news release. “He said that he was catching Eric and felt that I should take a look at him during spring training. He and (former pitcher) Corey Thurman both felt that he had good enough stuff to get outs in our league, especially when facing left handed hitters.”
Thomas capped his college career as the Broncs’ closer last season, going 1-0 with 10 saves and a 1.33 ERA, while holding opponents to just 19 hits in 27.0 innings. He struck out 36 batters and walked 17 in his 28 appearances, gaining attention as a professional prospect. For his career at Rider, Thomas was 2-4 with a 4.48 ERA with 14 saves. In 88.1 innings, he struck out 102 and walked 71.
Thomas was named the York-Adams League Division I Player of the Year as a senior at Dallastown in 2011, posting a 1.24 ERA while batting .396 and helping lead the Wildcats to a division title. He was also a member of the varsity basketball team.
Harris: Harris returns to the Revolution after serving as a key cog in the bullpen during the second half of 2015. After beginning the season with Grand Prairie of the American Association, Harris signed with York at the All-Star break, and went 1-0 with one save and a 2.59 ERA in 16 relief outings and one start. The 6-4 righty held opponents to 13 hits in 24.1 innings, and struck out 28 batters while issuing eight walks.
The Knoxville, Tennessee, native was originally drafted in the 19th round by the Atlanta Braves in 2009 out of the University of Tennessee, and also pitched in the Chicago Cubs organization, reaching Triple-A Iowa in 2011 and 2012. The 29-year-old had previously pitched in the Atlantic League with Bridgeport in 2013 and 2014, and owns a 3.57 career ERA in seven pro seasons.
Carela: Entering his first Atlantic League season, Carela also projects to be a bullpen option for Mason. The seven-year pro is 15-9 with 15 saves and a 3.63 ERA in 183 career appearances, having allowed 6.3 hits per nine innings and recorded 10.4 strikeouts per nine.
The New York City native originally signed with the New York Mets in 2009 and was outstanding in his second pro season, spent mostly with Brooklyn, rolling out a 1.63 ERA. The 6-3 right-hander spent parts of the next three seasons in the Los Angeles Dodgers farm system, before signing with the Philadelphia Phillies organization, where he spent the majority of the 2013 campaign. Carela then opened the 2014 season with Windy City of the Frontier League, posting a 2.28 ERA in 26 games and recording seven saves, earning a late-season contract with the Atlanta Braves.
Last season, the 28-year-old began the year with Wichita of the American Association before spending a dominant second half of the season with Rockland of the Can-Am Association, going 5-0 with a 1.46 ERA in 26 outings and allowing nine hits in 24.2 innings while striking out 30.
The Revolution now have 26 players under contract for the upcoming season.
The Revs will open the 2016 season on the road against the expansion New Britain Bees on Thursday, April 21. The club then kicks off its 10th anniversary season at home on Thursday, April 28, against the Sugar Land Skeeters.