York re-signs shortstop Ryan Dent, adds pitcher Jameson McGrane
YORK — The York Revolution have added two new members for the 2019 season, re-signing shortstop Ryan Dent and bringing in right-handed pitcher Jameson McGrane, according to manager Mark Mason.
Dent returns for a third season with the Revs. He was a key member of last year’s Atlantic League championship squad in 2017, batting .266 with five homers, 21 doubles, and 46 RBIs. He also handled the final defensive outs of the wins that clinched the team’s playoff berth, division series title, and championship victory.
Dent followed his strong first season in York by batting a career best .279 with a career-high 16 home runs and 59 RBI last season. He holds franchise records for home runs and RBI by a shortstop, and has started 200 games in his York career, second-most in franchise history.
“You can’t put a value on what he does,” said Mason of Dent. “When you see anything hit in his direction you just figure the batter’s out. He’s just a very solid defensive player that can actually play everywhere in that infield. The thing I love about him most is the last couple of years when we were dealing with injuries elsewhere, he would play every night even when he was banged up. He’d just continue to go out there and give you everything he had every night. To me, that’s why his offense last year was even more impressive.”
Dent spent his first eight seasons in the Boston Red Sox organization, and two more with the Chicago Cubs, reaching the Triple-A level with both teams. He was a first round selection (62nd overall) of the Red Sox in the 2007 amateur draft and is a career .240 hitter with 58 home runs, 368 RBI, and 107 stolen bases. Dent was named the Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Year in his third pro season in 2009. He will celebrate his 30th birthday on Friday.
McGrane comes to York after previously pitching in the Miami Marlins farm system. A 26-year-old from Potomac, MD, the 6-foot-4 right-hander began the 2018 season with Florence of the Frontier League, where he allowed just two hits and no earned runs in 9.1 innings while striking out 19 batters and posting a pair of saves. That dominant effort earned him a contract with the Marlins, where he spent time at four levels, combining to go 4-0 with four saves, a 2.30 ERA, 39 strikeouts, and just 19 hits in 27.1 innings.
McGrane went 3-0 with a 1.52 ERA for Batavia of the New York-Penn League and also picked up a victory for Jupiter in the High-A Florida State League.
“He’s a strikeout machine,” said Mason. “He can dominate with his fastball. He’s young, he’s hungry, and wants a chance to get back to a Major League club. I was surprised he was available, and to me it was a no-brainer to bring him in. We’ll give him a great opportunity to come in and perform.”