Isaias Tejeda has re-signed with the York Revolution for his age-28 season, his 5th season in York. In 2019, Tejeda won the Atlantic League batting crown with a .338/.399/.556 batting line and a career-high 23 home runs. Strangely, Tejeda didn’t hit his first home run until July 3rd and proceeded to hit all 23 of his homers in just 68 games. Tejeda has since slugged .543 in the Venezuelan and Dominican Winter Leagues, indicating last season’s power surge may continue into the 2020 season. Isaias will split time between first base and catcher this season, and he projects to be one of the top two players in the ALPB at either spot.
Projections: 460 PA, 87 Runs Created, 18 HR, .915 OPS, 4.4 WAR (MLB Equiv. Freddie Freeman)
High-end Projections: 490 PA, 93 Runs Created, 21 HR, .950 OPS, 4.9 WAR
Low-end Projections: 435 PA, 63 Runs Created, 5 HR, .815 OPS, 3.1 WAR
Duke von Schamann
The Revolution have re-signed right-handed starting pitcher Duke von Schamann. Though his name makes him sound like a member of European royalty who would feel uneasy about any type of revolution, Duke seemed quite comfortable with the Revs in 2019. After being acquired from the American Association’s Gary SouthShore Rail Cats in a mid-May trade, Duke took the hill 22 times in a Revolution uniform, posting a 3.51 ERA, 5.81 K/W, and a 3.61 FIP. In 2020, von Schamann projects as a 2nd or 3rd starter with Brandon Fry and Jake Welch, as well as Mitch Atkins if the Patriots re-sign him.
Lefty starter Austin Nicely has been re-signed by the Revolution after appearing with the team in September last season. Nicely was acquired from the Frontier League’s Evansville Otters in a trade before throwing 4 innings and allowing 4 earned runs in his lone outing for the Revs. Austin has not posted a sub-4.00 ERA since his 2014 Rookie ball season, his WHIP and K/W rates can both trend high, and the Atlantic League will be a step up in competition for him. The outlook isn’t bright for Nicely in 2020, but he has long relief and emergency starter potential which could help the entire York pitching staff throughout the season.
Projections: 83 IP, 5.15 ERA, 1.552 WHIP, 3.6 BB/9, 5.8 K/9
High-end Projections: 101 IP, 4.58 ERA, 1.506 WHIP, 3.4 BB/9, 6.3 K/9
Low-end Projections: 77 IP, 6.04 ERA 1.586 WHIP, 4.1 BB/9, 5.0 K/9
York has re-signed right-handed pitcher Austin Steinfort for his age-25 season. Steinfort made his professional debut in the Empire League in 2019 before joining York late last season for 27 innings. Though he posted a 5.33 ERA, he did have 2 starts pitching 5 or more shutout innings, showing his potential in the York rotation. Unfortunately, Steinfort allowed 16 earned runs in his other 16 innings for the Revs. Check back during ALPB Roundup’s preseason previews for Austin’s detailed projections.