Julio DePaula re-joins Revolution
The long, strange journey of Julio DePaula has circled back to York. A recap:
- 2007: Makes MLB debut pitching in 16 games out of Minnesota Twins bullpen.
- 2010: Pitches for Hanwha in the Korean Baseball Organization.
- 2013: 50 appearances out of Revolution bullpen (2.89 ERA in 56 IP).
- 2014: Begins season with Revolution, appears in 28 games (2.48 ERA in 29 IP, 30 K, only 8 BB).
- June 26, 2014: DePaula’s Atlantic League contract purchased by Baltimore Orioles, assigned to Double-A Bowie of Eastern League.
- July 7, 2014: DePaula’s contract selected from Bowie by Baltimore. He joined the Orioles in Washington for that night’s game, but would not see any action. Nevertheless, the 11-day ascent from the Revolution to a Major League roster set a franchise record. DePaula completed a seven-year MLB comeback.
- July 8, 2014: Assigned back to Bowie by the Orioles. (Would pitch in 21 total games for them, 43 strikeouts and just 13 walks in 38 innings, three saves.)
- November 24, 2014: Signs as a free agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks. (Assigned to Triple-A Reno during spring training.)
- May 1, 2015: Signs with York Revolution following release by Dbacks.
DePaula, who was hoping to truly make his big league comeback official with a call-up to Arizona this season to appear in a game after a close call with the Orioles last season, wasn’t given much of a chance in Reno, released by the Dbacks after just three appearances. The right-hander was then free to sign with the Revolution, and after a week or so visiting with family in his native Dominican Republic, made the decision to do so. DePaula is one of 12 players on the current Revs roster with MLB experience.
DePaula will take Mike DeMark’s spot in the Revolution bullpen; DeMark is now on the disabled list with an injury he sustained warming up to pitch during the game at Lancaster on April 30.