After standout season, outfielder Melky Mesa named York Revolution Player of the Year
- Melky Mesa was named the 2018 York Revolution Player of the Year.
- Mesa finished the year hitting .337 with 20 homers and 89 RBIs.
- Mesa led the Atlantic League in slugging percentage (.577) and extra-base hits (48).
After one of the top offensive seasons in franchise history, outfielder Melky Mesa has been named the 2018 York Revolution Player of the Year.
In just 100 games, the outfielder finished with a .337 batting average, to go with 20 homers and 89 RBIs.
Mesa also ended the season by leading the Atlantic League with a .577 slugging percentage, the second-highest mark in a season in Revs history.
His .337 average ties for third best in Revs history for a single season and was just a single percentage point off the league lead.
His 89 RBIs were just two off the league lead and sixth most in Revs history. He also became the first player in Revs history to lead the league in extra-base hits (48).
York's Alexi Casilla finished with a .336 average, fourth-highest in the league and fifth-highest in a season in franchise history.
York finished with a league-best .277 team average. Other York hitters finishing with averages of .300 or higher and at least 130 at-bats were: Telvin Nash (.338), Welington Dotel (.317), Henry Castillo (.310), Alonzo Harris (.304) and Isaias Tejeda (.303). Nash did not have enough at-bats to qualify for the league batting race.
Harris closed the season on a 12-game hitting streak, tied for the Revs' third-longest of the year.
Atkins, Carson also honored: Right-hander Mitch Atkins was honored as the team's Pitcher of the Year after finishing the season at 12-7 with a 4.16 ERA.
Left-hander Robert Carson (10-7, 3.73 ERA) was named the 2018 Corey Thurman Community Player of the Year award winner.
Strong finish comes up short of playoffs: The Revs finished the season 10 games over .500 at 68-58 overall, including a 36-27 mark in the second half.
York, however, missed out on the league playoffs and will not get an opportunity to defend its 2017 league championship and chase its fourth overall league title in franchise history.
The Revs finished 42-29 at PeoplesBank Park.
York made a late-season charge for a playoff berth, winning nine of its last 12, 12 of its last 16 and 16 of its last 21. The Revs' playoff run, however, ultimately fell just short. The team was eliminated from postseason contention on the second-to-last day of the regular season.
Attendance down: The Revs finished the regular season sixth in the league in attendance at 2,825 fans per game. That is the lowest average attendance in the history of the franchise, which started in 2007.
York had an average of attendance of 3,222 in 2017. The dip to 2,825 in 2017 is single-season drop of more than 12 percent.
The team's all-time attendance mark of 4,351 came in 2008 — the second year of the franchise's existence. From 2008 until 2018, Revs attendance has dropped more than 35 percent.
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