Revs announce first three signings for upcoming season
- Chris Cody will return to pitch for the Revs in 2017. He has a 39-32 career record with York.
- Bryan Pounds will also return to York for 2017. He hit .250 last season with 13 homers and 69 RBIs.
- Brandon Thomas will be a Revs' newcomer in 2017. He hit .242 in the Frontier League in 2016.
Over the course of the next 10 weeks, York Revolution officials will announce the team's signings for the 2017 season on "York Revolution Hot Stove Weekly" on 1350 WOYK.
Tuesday night was the first installment of the season and the team announced its first three signings for the upcoming year.
The first player announced was former Revs' starting pitcher Chris Cody, who played in York from 2011-14. Cody racked up a record of 39-32 with the Revs with a 3.89 ERA. Cody, 33, ranks second, only to Corey Thurman, in most of the Revs' career pitching categories. Cody had surgery on his throwing arm back in August of 2015, which has kept him out of baseball until recently, when he began throwing again. Cody was also named to the Revolution's 10th Anniversary Team last season. Cody had his contract purchased by the Atlanta Braves during the 2011 season.
"It's tough to put into words," Cody told radio host Darrell Henry. "It felt like I've been out of the game for 10 years. ...I'm very excited to be back."
The second player to get announced Tuesday was 31-year-old Bryan Pounds, who has played in York the last two seasons, making the All-Star Team in 2015 and the All-Defense Team last year. Pounds, who will man third base, was arguably the most clutch hitter for the Revs in 2016, coming up with eight game-winning hits. He slugged 13 home runs for the team last year with 69 RBIs while hitting .250.
The final player to be named to the spring training roster is newcomer Brandon Thomas. A former eighth-round draft pick of the New York Yankees in 2013, this will be Thomas' first year playing in the Atlantic League. Only 26, Thomas played at Georgia Tech, but only ever made it to high-A ball in the Yankees' organization. Thomas spent last season in the Frontier League, where he hit 11 home runs and had 42 RBIs, while hitting .242. An outfielder, Revs' manager Mark Mason said he likes several aspects of Thomas' game, including his ability to hit for power and his speed on the bases.
Atlantic League reveals 20th anniversary logo: To celebrate its 20th season, the Atlantic League revealed its 20th anniversary logo for the upcoming season.
The logo will appear on the jerseys of all eight league members, as well as on balls and any merchandise fans purchase over the course of the season.
Founded in 1998, the league originally had six members and has since grown to eight teams.