NOTEBOOK: Former Revs employee lands in big leagues


Former York Revolution baseball operations manager Andrew Ball is the new director of baseball operations for the Los Angeles Angels.

Former York Revolution front office staffer Andrew Ball was recently named the director of baseball operations for the Los Angeles Angels.

Ball spent more than three years as part of the Revolution organization, beginning as a baseball operations intern under then director of baseball operations Michael Kirk. In Ball's first season, he was part of the York team that won its second consecutive Atlantic League title.

By 2012, Ball was named the new full-time baseball operations manager for the Revs, a position he held until 2014. During that year, he left the team to complete an internship within the baseball operations department of the Tampa Bay Rays. Following the completion of his internship, he gained a full-time position with the Rays, where he remained until the end of this past season.

Ball has made a name for himself in baseball with his sabermetrics and statistical analysis capabilities.

Paredes signs with Tigers: Former York pitcher Edward Paredes signed a deal with the Detroit Tigers for the 2017 season last week.

Paredes played for the Revs from 2013-15, before getting his contract purchased by the Angels. Pitching for the Arkansas Travelers at Double-A last year, the lefty dazzled, going 2-2 with a 2.47 ERA as a reliever in 46 appearances, being named to the Texas League All-Star Game.

Hobson no longer managing Barnstormers: Former big league player and manager Butch Hobson won't be managing the Revs' rivals in 2017.

The Lancaster Barnstormers did not renew Hobson's contract following the 2016 season after six seasons leading the team. Hobson led Lancaster to the playoffs in four of those six years, compiling a record of 452-372 in that span. Hobson also got the Barnstormers to the Atlantic League Championship Series twice, losing in the fifth-and-deciding game in 2012 to Long Island and then leading the team to the title in 2014.

The Barnstormers have suffered through some financial difficulties and recently accepted a deal negotiated with the Lancaster County Commissioners that will give them some stadium rent-relief over the next six years.

Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com.