In the latest wave of roster announcements made on Tuesday night on the weekly radio show "Revs Hot Stove Weekly" on WOYK 1350, the York Revolution confirmed that it will bring back a couple more familiar faces to start the 2017 season.
Among the recognizable names for York fans is pitcher Ty'Relle Harris. The versatile pitcher is returning to the Atlantic League for the fifth consecutive season and his third in a row with the Revs. Harris has proven to be a reliable asset on the mound for the Revs, showing his ability to come out of the bullpen and make spot starts. A year ago, he posted a 5-7 record with 4.49 ERA, but made 36 appearances for the team. Of those 36 appearances, 18 of them were starts, totaling 118 1/3 innings pitched, recording 116 strikeouts, or just a tad under one strikeout for every inning pitched.
Manager Mark Mason spoke extremely highly of Harris and credits his competitive drive as a main reason why he's excited to have him back in York.
"He wants to win every night," Mason said on the radio show. "He wants the ball every night."
The second noticeable name to return to the Revs wasn't part of last year's club, but was in York in 2015. Outfield Jose Constanza will make his second stint with the organization for the start of the 2017 season after playing part of the 2015 campaign with the club. Constanza was only a member of the 2015 team for 30 games after signing in the middle of the season and then having his contract purchased by the Tampa Bay Rays on Aug. 31. Constanza is a reliable bat at the top of the order, where Mason said he'll most likely use him as either the leadoff or No. 2 hitter in the order because of his speed and ability to play small ball.
In his 30 games with the Revs, he hit .324 with 13 RBIs and 20 stolen bases and 14 multi-hit games. In his 12 seasons of professional baseball, he has 112 games of MLB experience with the Atlanta Braves from 2011-14, with a career average of .273.
The last of the roster announcements to get made this week was the addition of starting pitcher Victor Mateo. A former Tampa Bay prospect, Mateo made it as high as Class-AAA in the Rays' organization and was a product of a loaded prospect pool of pitchers, limiting his ability to make it to the big club.
He signed with the organization as a 17 year old in 2006 out of the Dominican Republic and showed potential to have all the ability. During his time in the minors, Mateo tossed two no-hitters, the first coming in 2011 in Class-A ball and the second coming in 2013 for Class-AA Montgomery.
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