YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – The York Revolution announced today that Atlantic League Co-Pitcher of the Year Nick Raquet has signed with the St. Louis Cardinals organization.
“He had a remarkable season,” said Revolution manager Rick Forney. “I didn’t expect that he’d throw the number of innings he did or be as dominant as he was throughout the season because he had been away from it for a while.”
Raquet finished the season third in the league for strikeouts (133), which was also the third-best single-season performance in Revolution history. Raquet had four games where he threw 10 strikeouts, becoming the second York pitcher to complete this feat.
The Boalsburg, Pennsylvania native had 13 wins, which was tied for second-most victories in the league. Raquet boasted a 3.71 ERA, which was fourth in the league, and was third in the league with his 145.2 innings pitched.
Raquet is the only pitcher in the league to rank in the top four of the major statistical categories (ERA, wins, strikeouts, innings). For his impressive performance this season Raquet was crowned the Revolutions Pitcher of the Year for the 2023 season.
“I had been texting people with Major League clubs, saying if there’s an opening or a need at the Double-A or Triple-A level, bring him to spring training and let him compete for a job because he’ll make one of those teams,” Forney said.
This is Raquet’s comeback.
The 28-year-old found his way back to the baseball world after stepping away in 2019. Raquet was drafted in the third round by the Washington Nationals from the College of William and Mary in 2017 and spent three seasons in the Nationals system. During his first baseball stint, Raquet went 23-20 with a 3.64 ERA.
“He’s still young enough, he has arm speed, he was the best pitcher in MLB Partner League baseball, the best pitcher in this league for sure, by far the best left-handed pitcher in Partner League ball,” Forney said. “I’m thrilled to see that he’ll now get that opportunity.”