Former Rev DePaula promoted to Orioles’ MLB roster
The Baltimore Orioles on Monday selected the contract of reliever Julio DePaula from their double-A Bowie affiliate. DePaula did not see action in Baltimore’s 8-2 win in extra innings at Washington on Monday.
But when DePaula does play, he’ll be the sixth former York Revolution to have made it to the majors after suiting up for the Revs and only the third to go from York to the big leagues in the same season. It’s been less than a month since a former Rev competed in the majors. The New York Mets demoted lefty reliever Scott Rice on June 11, snapping a stretch of nearly two-straight years of having a former Rev in the majors. DePaula becomes the 11th former Atlantic League player to appear on a major league roster this season alone.
The right-hander’s promotion to the majors comes less than two weeks after the O’s signed DePaula off of York’s roster. 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 a franchise record for least amount of time between leaving York and earning a spot on a major league roster.
DePaula, 31, left the Revs with a 3-2 record and 2.48 ERA in 28 relief appearances, striking out 30 and walking eight in 29 innings pitched. He held opponents scoreless in 23 of his 28 relief appearances. The numbers aren’t far off from those he put up in his first season with York last year, when he posted a 2.89 ERA in 50 games. However, he had just 36 strikeouts and walked 22 in 56 innings. According to Revs’ promotions and communications coordinator Paul Braverman, DePaula had been throwing in the mid-90s this season.
According to MASNsports.com O’s reporter Roch Kubatko, current Revs’ reliever and former O’s pitcher Mark Hendrickson had recommended DePaula to Baltimore. Kubatko reports that the Orioles are sending right-hander Kevin Gausman to triple-A Norfolk to make room for DePaula. In three appearances with double-A Bowie, DePaula tossed 6.1 scoreless innings, striking out eight and walking three. He held opponent to three hits, a .143 batting average and recorded a save.
If all goes well for DePaula, we could very well end up seeing him deep into September helping Baltimore in the playoffs. The O’s (49-40) currently sit 2.5 games on the Toronto Blue Jays and 3.5 games in front of the New York Yankees for first place in the AL East division.
The Dominican Republic previously played one lone season in the majors in 2007 for the Minnesota Twins, posting an 8.55 ERA in 16 relief appearances, striking out eight and walking 10 in 20 innings.
DePaula joins outfielder Tike Redman (Orioles, 2007), left-handed pitcher Justin Hampson (Mets, 2012), right-handed pitcher Shawn Hill (Blue Jays, 2012), left-handed pitcher Scott Rice (Mets, 2013) and left-handed pitcher Ian Thomas (Braves, 2014) as former York players to make the majors. Redman and Hill were the two other players who previously went from York to the majors in the same season.
Nelson returns: The York Revolution on Sunday traded infielder Brandon Chaves to Camden in exchange for the do-it-all Bryant Nelson. A former big leaguer, Nelson first came to York late in the 2011 season after playing in Italy and went on to help the Revs capture their second-straight league championship. His walk-off homer in Game 1 of the Freedom Division Series against Lancaster gave York a 3-2 win.
He then spent the next two years in Long Island, last year posting a .298 batting in 124 games for the Ducks. He’s been struggling so far this season, though, hitting only .238 in 42 games for Camden. But if he can return to form with York, this trade would be a steal for the Revs as Chaves batted just .127 in 22 games for York.
Nelson is a 40-year-old switch-hitter who can play third base and the outfield. In his lone season in the majors in 2002 with the Boston Red Sox, Nelson collected a .265 average in 25 games. He takes over the title of oldest current York player from reliever Mark Hendrickson. Both are 40-years-old, but Nelson is 147 days older. Bridgeport Bluefish first baseman Luis Lopez, 40, is still the oldest in the Atlantic League, having Nelson 114 days.
I plan on stopping out at Santander Stadium before Tuesday’s game to chat with outfielder Justin Greene, with plans to run a feature on the league-leader in batting average sometime late this or early next week. Greene is likely a lock to make the Atlantic League All-Star team, the selections of which I imagine will be announced Tuesday since Camden sent out a press release late Monday revealing three Riversharks selected to the team (pitchers Jake Hale and Matt Gorgen and outfielder Alex Hudak). I also plan on catching up with Nelson and chatting with Revs’ skipper Mark Mason on his plans for the second half, including any possible upcoming roster moves. He already started by making a solid upgrade in Nelson. And if outfielder Jason Repko and starting pitcher Matthew Neil can get healthy, those would basically be looked at as major additions. So feel free to check back here on the blog this week as I plan to post Mason’s and Nelson’s comments, plus we should soon learn who from York has been selected to the Atlantic League All-Star team. If I remember correctly, I think of the All-Star picks I submitted, I chose Greene, closer Rommie Lewis and short stop Wilson Valdez from York.