MLB: Dominican pitcher who debuted in GL with the Yankees and at the same time was his farewell to the Majors

The left handed pitcher José De Paula, native of the Dominican Republicwas originally signed by the San Diego Padres in 2006making his affiliate debut in rookie baseball when he was 19 years old in 2007.

De Paula, now 33 years old and 6-foot-5, climbed the Padres’ farm system and made it as high as Double-A before being claimed off waivers by the San Francisco Giants after the 2013 season:

In 2014, he logged 51 1/3 Triple-A innings with a 4.21 ERA with the Giants. The The New York Yankees signed him to a split contract for the 2015 season.which allowed De Paula to make his MLB debut that season, this after eight years in the Minor Leagues.

He appeared in only one Major League game with NYY, pitching 3 1/3 innings, allowing two hits (one home run), two strikeouts and four walks, but only one run, this June 21 vs Detroit Tigers, at Yankee Stadium.

He also pitched 27 2/3 innings at Triple-A that year with a 5.20 ERA. Total, that relay against the felines was debut and farewell not only with the Yankees but in his MLB career, because he did not return.

In fact, on his first pitch at GL, recently retired Andrew Romine hit a HR to left field. This was his ‘welcome’ and at the same time ‘baptized’ in the so-called best baseball in the world:

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De Paula spent the next several years pitching in the Dominican Winter League and the Mexican League (2016-2019), largely producing solid but unspectacular results. Heading to Taiwan for the 2020 season allowed him to completely reinvent himself. In two years he is 32-13 with a 2.48 ERA in 53 games.

Raphael Martinez

I am a fan of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and all Mexican baseball in general. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, LMB All Star, LMP (uninterruptedly since 2009), signatures of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, although as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I have baseball in my veins. Degree in Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and a reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I arrived at El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services at Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and a few days later, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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MLB: Dominican pitcher who debuted in GL with the Yankees and at the same time was his farewell to the Majors