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Julio DePaula called up to Orioles, is 6th former Rev to reach MLB

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The Baltimore Orioles have purchased the contract of former York Revolution right-handed relief pitcher Julio DePaula from Double-A Bowie.  DePaula is active for Baltimore tonight (July 7) at Washington. DePaula is the sixth former Revolution player to reach the Major Leagues.  He becomes the 11th former Atlantic League player to appear on a MLB roster this season alone.  Starting pitcher Kevin Gausman was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for DePaula on Baltimore’s roster.

DePaula, 31, joins OF Tike Redman (Orioles ’07), LHP Justin Hampson (Mets ’12), RHP Shawn Hill (Blue Jays ’12), LHP Scott Rice (Mets ’13) and LHP Ian Thomas (Braves ’14) as York Major League alumni. DePaula becomes the third former Rev to go from York to the Majors in the same season, joining Redman and Hill.  History was made on April 20 when Rice and Thomas each pitched the 7th inning in New York, marking the first time two Revolution alums were on the same field for an MLB game, and the first time two Revolution alums competed against one another in an MLB game.

DePaula’s Atlantic League contract was purchased from the Revolution by the Orioles on June 26.  His journey from York to the Major Leagues in just 11 days is easily a franchise record for least amount of time between leaving York and earning a spot on a MLB roster.  In just three appearances for Bowie before the call-up, DePaula held hitters to a miniscule .143 average, allowing only three hits in 6.1 innings pitched with eight strikeouts.  He nailed down a save for Bowie in his most recent appearance, July 5 at Akron.

DePaula arrives

Photo courtesy of @ToddZinn who tweeted this screen cap from MASN to us.

DePaula was arguably the most dependable bullpen arm for the Revolution last season, spending the duration with York, carrying a 2.89 ERA in 50 appearances over 56 innings.  The Dominican native had been even more impressive this season, posting a 2.42 ERA in 28 games and 29 innings for York.  He struck out 30, walking only eight in that time, consistently throwing in the mid-90s.

DePaula is also the first non-U.S.-born player to go from the Revolution to the Majors. His only other MLB service time was 16 games out of the Minnesota Twins bullpen in 2007, making his promotion a remarkable and rare 7-year Major League comeback.

As it turns out, current Revolution left-handed reliever Mark Hendrickson, a 10-season MLB veteran who pitched in 113 games for Baltimore between 2009 and 2011, recommended DePaula to the organization and Manager Buck Showalter.  From Orioles beat reporter Roch Kubatko, quoting Showalter on his School of Roch blog on MASNSports.com:

“One thing Mark said was, ‘I know you guys have got people (scouts) over in the (Atlantic League), but I’m going to tell you that somebody needs to sign Julio DePaula. He’s by far the best relief pitcher in this league.’ He said, ‘You should take a look at him,’ so we did and sent him to Bowie and he’s had three really good outings.”

With myriad alums currently playing at Triple-A, the list of former Revolution players to reach the Majors may be growing exponentially in the near future.

-Paul Braverman

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