The York Revolution recently announced the return of power-hitter Michael Burgess and left-handed pitcher Luke Westphal for the 2018 season.
The pair joins recent signee right-handed pitcher Zac Treece as the most current additions to the roster. The signings were unveiled by manager Mark Mason during Tuesday night’s episode of “Revs Hot Stove Weekly presented by Shipley Energy” on SportsRadio 1350 WOYK.
Burgess: Burgess begins his third season in York after an Atlantic League All-Star season in 2017. Burgess batted .264 with 17 home runs, tied for second most on the team, and 66 RBI in 117 games.
The lefty added two more long balls during the Revs’ run to the Atlantic League championship; included was a two-run blast in the Freedom Division Series clincher at Southern Maryland. He mostly spent time at first base and designated hitter, with stints in the outfield mixed in.
Burgess first signed with York early in the 2016 season, batting .275 with eight home runs and 31 RBI in just 43 games, and enters his fourth season in the Atlantic League.
“We’re really happy to have Michael back,” Mason said in a news release. “He not only is a good player, but he’s a great clubhouse guy. He’s the leader in a lot of ways and one of the most respected players in there. At the plate, he’s a really good hitter, and when he gets on a roll he can be pretty scary.”
Westphal: Westphal returns following a dependable season out of the Revolution bullpen last year.
The hard-throwing southpaw posted a 3.35 ERA in 45 outings as a setup man, while striking out 64 in just 45.2 innings and allowing only 44 hits and 18 walks. He was dominant in the postseason, allowing just one hit and no walks while striking out five in 2.1 shutout innings over three outings.
“We know he can pitch out of the bullpen, and this year we’re going to give him the opportunity to come in and be a left-handed starter for us,” said Mason. “He has a lot of upside. He has enough pitches in his repertoire to do it. It’s good for his career too, which is something we keep in mind when we showcase our guys and let them show what they can do.”
Treece: Treece comes to York after going 6-2 with a 3.83 ERA in 53 outings (one start) for Long Island in 2017, striking out 72 in 61.0 innings of work.
The 28-year-old excelled in his first full Atlantic League season, after becoming a perennial All-Star in the Frontier League.
“He impressed me all the time when he came in to pitch, especially against right-handers,” Mason said. “He took the ball a lot. I thought he was a good addition for us, and he can help us in a variety of situations.”
The Revs now have 15 players under contract for the 2018 season, and will unveil additional signings on the next episode of “Revs Hot Stove Weekly presented by Shipley Energy” on Tuesday, March 13, at 6:30 p.m.