Castro expected to return to York

York’s roster has been updated for the 2011 season, but some key surprise pickups have bolstered the lineup for the defending Atlantic League champions. Outfielders Scott Grimes and Val Majewski (pictured above) returned, despite having standout years in the league last season. And another big surprise proved to be the return of third baseman Ramon Castro — who started the season in the Mexican League. York manager Andy Etchebarren announced Castro would return Tuesday afternoon. The Revs will have to wait for the paperwork on Castro’s visa before he joins the club in York — but Etchebarren hopes Castro could join the team in about two weeks.
Also, I forgot to post these Monday evening. Here’s a look back at the news on the first day of camp, including Etchebarren’s desire to wait until later in the year to determine his future with the Revs and a look at pitcher Jon Ellis.

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2 Responses to Castro expected to return to York

  1. Anonymous says:

    Must be really hard on Etch and Mase to have to cut some pitchers and infielders. They all seem like great players and have good numbers. How do they do it? Any guys going out to complete trades?

  2. Jim Seip says:

    Thanks for the question.
    The Revs will need to trim the pitching staff from 17 to about 13 or 12. This is a loaded staff, and while one or two cuts may be obvious it gets difficult after that. Some players usually take themselves out of the running early in the season. An undisclosed injury or soreness can take a player out of the running for a roster spot if a pitcher isn’t throwing how he usually does. And this coaching staff typically goes with a power arm over a pitcher that throws to contact. That said, the coaching staff also stays away from power pitchers if they are maximum-effort pitchers — players who need to throw as hard as they can have difficulty repeating their motion.
    Trades typically don’t factor in early in the year, because many independent leagues haven’t started spring camp yet. But the Revs coaching staff has made calls to teams in other independent leagues to try to find roster spots for players who don’t make the final cut in York.

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