The Seattle Mariners selected the contract of former York Revolution left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler from Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday, the team announced.
Detwiler made his season debut for the Mariners last night, tossing 6.0 innings in relief against the Astros in Seattle. He gave up three runs and struck out two batters in his first Major League outing since Sept. 28, 2016.
“We’re very happy for Ross. I felt he was the best pitcher in the league at the time he was signed. What happened to him this season is exactly what our league is all about,” said Revs manager Mark Mason. “We wish him continued success and look forward to following his career moving forward.”
Detwiler becomes the 10th former Rev and eighth pitcher to reach the Major Leagues after spending time in York. He is the second former Rev to reach the Majors this season joining Edward Paredes, who made 15 relief appearances for the Dodgers. Joining more elite company, Detwiler is the fourth player to go from the Revs to the Majors in the same season; he joins outfielder Tike Redman (Orioles-2007), right-handed pitcher Shawn Hill (Blue Jays-2012) and right-handed pitcher Julio DePaula (Orioles-2014) in that group.
Detwiler, 32, began the 2018 season with the Revs, going 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 30.0 innings over six starts. His best start with the Revs was his last, when he racked up a Revs-season-high 11 strikeouts with no walks over 7.1 strong innings and earned the win against the Road Warriors on May 26.
The Mariners purchased his contract on May 31 and assigned him to Triple-A, where he logged 71.2 innings over 14 appearances (11 starts) before his big-league promotion on Tuesday.
The southpaw’s best start at Triple-A came on June 25 against Las Vegas when he worked 7.1 innings and allowed only one run on two hits with nine strikeouts and just two walks, and earned the win. He worked at least 6.0 innings in seven of his 11 starts and had seven quality starts, which included two stints with three straight quality starts.
The Mariners are Detwiler’s sixth Major League team. He spent parts of seven seasons with the Nationals from 2007-2014 before pitching in the Majors with the Rangers and Braves in 2015, and the Indians and Athletics in 2016. Detwiler had 23 wins and 352 strikeouts in 189 appearances (83 starts) over nine Major League seasons prior to his Tuesday call-up.
Story by Michael Marcantonini
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York Revolution starting pitcher Ross Detwiler’s contract was purchased by the Seattle Mariners organization on May 31st and the left-hander was sent to Triple-A Tacoma.
He is the first Rev to have his contract purchased by a Major League organization this season.
Detwiler, 32, signed with York in mid-March and made six starts for the Revs, going 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA over 30.0 innings of work. He struck out 32 batters and walked just eight, and opponents batted .254 against him. He finished his stint with the Revs tied for second in the Atlantic League in wins, tied for second in strikeouts, and ninth in ERA.
Detwiler’s last start was his best. He struck out a career-high 11 batters with no walks in 7.1 innings and got the win on May 26 against the Road Warriors. He joined teammate Jay Gause (July 1, 2017, vs. Sugar Land), Chris Cody (2013 vs. Long Island), and Ryan Baerlocher (twice in 2007 vs. the Road Warriors) as the only starters in Revs history to post 11 or more strikeouts in a game with no walks. It marked the ninth time in Revs history that a starter has tallied at least 11 strikeouts and first since Gause last season. Detwiler joins Cody, who had a pair of 11-plus strikeout games in his Revs career (both in 2013), as the only lefties to do it.
Detwiler, who was the sixth overall pick in the 2007 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals, became the highest MLB draft pick to play for the Revs. The previous mark was held by RHP John Van Benschoten (eighth overall, Pittsburgh, 2001).
The Mariners are Detwiler’s seventh Major League organization.
Detwiler previously spent nine seasons in Major League Baseball (2007 through 2016) with five different teams, including seven with the Nationals after playing his college ball at Missouri State University. Detwiler’s best season came in 2012, when he went 10-8 with a 3.40 ERA and 105 strikeouts, logging 164.1 innings over 33 appearances (27 starts) for the NL East-champion Nationals. He started NLDS Game 4 for the Nationals against the Cardinals that season, throwing six innings and allowing just one unearned run in a no decision.
Detwiler has appeared in 189 Major League games in his career, starting 89 of them, and made at least 30 appearances in a season three times. Detwiler spent the 2017 season at Triple-A with the Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics organizations and appeared in 19 games.
In his first appearance for Triple-A Tacoma after being picked up from the Revs, Detwiler tossed two scoreless innings with three strikeouts in relief.
The Revs have added 37-year-old right-handed pitcher Jailen Peguero to their active roster. Peguero, who is in his first go-around in the Atlantic League, started the 2018 season with the Road Warriors, going 1-1 with a 3.48 ERA in 12 relief appearances over 10.1 innings. A native of Azua, Dominican Republic, Peguero is in his 17th professional season. He was originally signed by the Houston Astros as an undrafted free agent in 2002 and made his Major League debut on September, 25th 2008, with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Peguero made 23 combined appearances with the DBacks in 2008 and 2009, posting a 1-0 record with 14 strikeouts in 24 innings of work. He has pitched in the minor leagues for the Rangers and Angels, spent a handful of seasons in the Mexican League and two seasons with Winnepeg in the American Association.
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