Outfielder Val Majewski informed York manager Andy Etcebarren Monday that he has been invited to spring training with the Texas Rangers.
Majewski could still return to York if he’s released out of spring training, but Etchebarren hopes the former Orioles prospect sticks with the Rangers organization.
A left-handed hitting All-Star in the Atlantic League, Majewski has been signed out of the Atlantic League by major league organizations in each of the past four season. He batted .317 with 11 home runs for York before the Rangers signed him July 25. He batted .333 with five homers in 35 games at Triple-A Round Rock.
He returned to York for the playoffs, helping the Revs win their second straight league championship.
Etchebarren will attempt to sign an outfielder to replace Majewski in the lineup, but the Revs are in a good position at this point.
They have enough time to find a replacement.
And in the worst-case scenario, Majewski doesn’t make the Rangers Double- or Triple-A squad, York will return one of its best players.
Moreover, players who attend affiliated spring training are typically some of the top Atlantic League players in May. After all they have had a head start on most of the hitters in independent baseball.
Players in spring training have been looking at live pitching for weeks. Most Atlantic League players come in for a crash-course camp, fitting trying to prepare for their regular season in 10 days. And while many prepare for the season, it’s difficult for many of the hitters to duplicate seeing live professional pitching until they actually arrive in York or Lancaster or Bridgeport.