By Jerry Del Priore
The York Revolution and Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League signed Fabian Roman and Melvin Mercedes, respectively, the teams announced today.
Roman, a Jersey City, New Jersey, native and alum of Marist High School in Bayonne, enters his fifth professional season of baseball and first in the Atlantic League.
“He has good off-speed pitches as his out pitches,” Revolution manager Mark Mason said of Roman on Tuesday’s Revs Hot Stove Weekly presented by Shipley Energy on SportsRadio 1350 WOYK. “He can give multiple innings. We’re looking to use him in the middle of the game. He hasn’t pitched at high levels yet, but he has a lot of potential, and we look forward to bringing him in and seeing how he performs.”
The Cincinnati Reds selected Roman, 27, in the 16th round of the 2013 MLB amateur draft out of Lubbock Christian (TX) University and he spent his first two professional years in the Reds system.
After spending 2016 in the independent American Association, Roman signed with the Seattle Mariners in 2017. Roman is 5-5 in his career over 59 appearances, all in relief.
The Oakland A’s picked Mercedes, a New York, New York, native, in the 16th round of the 2012 MLB draft out of Central Florida and he has played the last seven campaigns in Oakland’s farm system, including two stints with Class AAA Nashville.
The former DeWitt Clinton high school baseball star has, at some point in his career, manned each of the nine positions on the field, including 11 games on the bump and one inning apiece at first base and behind the plate. The versatile switch hitter has spent the bulk of his time at second base, third base and shortstop, however.
“Mercedes is a solid, well-rounded player,” said Barnstormer skipper Ross Peeples on the team’s website. “He loves to play the game and has a great personality. He’ll be a fan favorite before it’s said and done.”
Lancaster kicks off the season against the visiting High Point Rockers on Sunday, April 21st at 7:00 p.m., while York host the Long Island Ducks on Friday, April 26th at 6:30 p.m.