YORK — A pair of familiar faces and a new pitcher are joining the York Revolution for the upcoming season, the team announced this week.
Power-hitting first baseman and designated hitter Michael Burgess and lefty Luke Westphal will return to York this season, along with newly acquired righthander Zac Treece.
Manager Mark Mason announced the new additions Tuesday during an appearance on WYOK 1350.
Burgess, 29, joined the league in 2015 as a member of the Somerset Patriots. Prior to that, he was drafted 49th overall by the Washington Nationals in 2007 and enjoyed stints with the Nats, Cubs, Astros and Orioles farm systems.
“We’re really happy to have Michael back,” Mason said. “He not only is a good player, but he’s a great clubhouse guy. He’s the leader in a lot of ways and one of the most respected players in here. At the plate, he’s a really good hitter, and when he gets on a roll he can be pretty scary.”
“We know he can pitch out of the bullpen, and this year we’re going to give him the opportunity to come in and be a left-handed starter for us,” Mason said. “He has a lot of upside. He has enough pitches in his repertoire to do it. It’s good for his career, too, which is something we keep in mind when we showcase our guys and let them show what they can do.”
“He impressed me all the time when he came in to pitch, especially against right-handers,” Mason said. “He took the ball a lot. I thought he was a good addition for us, and he can help us in a variety of situations.”
York has 15 players under contract for the 2018 season.