Three former Revs earn spring invites

Three former York Revolution players earned invites to spring training from major league organizations this week. Salomon Manriquez, Justin Hampson and Vince Perkins signed with major league organizations. All three played for York in 2010, but none of them finished the season with the Revs.
The Mets re-signed Manriquez (pictured above left) and they signed Hampson, a left-handed reliever. Manriquez batted .327 with a .370 OBP in 26 games with York, but he was traded to Lancaster in order to clear the way for John Pachot to take over full-time catching duties. The Mets signed Manriquez days after he arrived in Lancaster, and he split the rest of the season between Double- and Triple-A. Manriquez signed with Lancaster Feb. 15. Hampson (1-0, 4.96 ERA) was released by York after he struggled to regain the form that allowed him to reach the big leagues in 2006 and 2008. Hampson caught on with Long Island but pitched just four innings with the Ducks.
Perkins, a right-handed reliever, is the big shocker of the group. He earned an invite to spring from the Blue Jays. He went a combined 0-8 with a 5.88 ERA with Newark and York. The right-hander had outstanding velocity and no command in York. He struck out 60, walked 60 and allowed 85 hits in 75 innings. He opted to retire without even talking to manager Andy Etchebarren.

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3 Responses to Three former Revs earn spring invites

  1. Anonymous says:

    Why the heck hasn’t Scott Grimes earned an invite?

  2. Jim Seip says:

    Grimes hasn’t been signed because it’s going to take someone with guts to possibly put his job/reputation on the line to sign him. He’s played one season in the Mets organization, and missed most of that season because he broke a bone in his hand when he was hit by a pitch. With little to no affiliated experience, nobody apparently wants to take a chance on him. It’s shameful.

  3. Paul Braverman says:

    There have been rumors of a flirtation between the Pirates and Grimes. But unfortunately right now, it appears that’s all it is–a rumor. You’d figure the Pirates would have someone with the guts to take a chance…I mean its not like they can slip to 7th in the NL Central. There are only 6 teams. What do they have to lose?
    And now…STATS!
    -48 former independent league players are in MAJOR LEAGUE spring training this year.
    -Of those 48, 21 are on the 40-man roster
    -The Atlantic League leads all indy leagues with 15 former players currently in big league camp
    It looks like MLB (which still includes the Orioles) have taken a few fliers on the “worst type of ballplayers.”
    Bob Wirz of course supplied those numbers. And Bowling Green opens its baseball season today at Western Kentucky.

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