Julio DePaula signed by Diamondbacks
Former Revolution right-handed reliever Julio DePaula (’13-’14) has inked a free agent deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. DePaula, who will be 32 this season, went from York’s roster to the Majors in just 11 days with Baltimore last season, after the Orioles purchased his contract from the Revolution on June 26. DePaula’s swift ascension from the Atlantic League to the Major Leagues was easily a York Revolution alumni record for shortest amount of time between leaving York and earning a spot on a big league roster.
Unfortunately, DePaula’s stay with the Orioles last just one day, called up to fill out the O’s bullpen for an interleague game in Washington. More unfortunate, DePaula did not appear in said game before being re-assigned to the minor leagues the following day to finish the season. Nevertheless, the journey completed a remarkable seven-year Major League comeback for DePaula, who hadn’t appeared in an MLB uniform since his debut in 2007, making 16 relief appearances for the Minnesota Twins.
Last month, DePaula elected to become a free agent rather than return to the Orioles. In signing with Arizona, he joins the organization responsible for the most recent Revolution alum to play in the Majors. DePaula’s former 2013 teammate in York, third baseman Andy Marte, was called up from Triple-A by the Dbacks on July 31 last season as the eighth and most-recent former Rev to reach the big leagues. DePaula was the 6th.
In 78 games with York in one and a half seasons, DePaula posted a 2.75 ERA in 85 innings. He struck out 30 with just eight walks in 29 innings in 2014, before the Orioles picked him up.