HEISER: Ex-York Revolution lefty Edward Paredes makes unlikely journey from York to majors

Steve Heiser
York Dispatch
  • Former York Revolution pitcher Edward Paredes earned a win in his major-league debut on Monday.
  • Paredes pitched a perfect eighth inning in the Dodgers' 6-4 comeback win over Minnesota.
  • Paredes pitched in York from 2013 through 2015, going 9-6 with a 3.00 ERA.

There had to be doubts.

After 12 professional seasons bouncing around the baseball bush leagues, any rational person would have doubts.

Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Edward Paredes throws against the Minnesota Twins during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. Paredes, a former York Revolution pitcher, got the win in his major-league debut.

Late at night, after yet another Atlantic League game with the York Revolution, Edward Paredes had to wonder if his baseball odyssey would ever reach his ultimate destination — the major leagues.

Well, Paredes has to wonder no more.

The 30-year-old left-hander from Dominican Republic is not only a major-league pitcher, he’s a major-league winner, earning a victory in his big-league debut with the best team in all of baseball.

Who could’ve predicted that a couple years back when Paredes was toiling in an independent league just praying to get another shot with an affiliated minor-league team?

Probably no one, not even Paredes.

Still, the unlikely has now become undeniable.

Paredes was called up by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night and tossed a perfect eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins to earn the win in his first major-league game at storied Dodger Stadium.

Paredes pitched for York from 2013 to 2015.

Managers happy for him: No one is happier about Paredes’ success than Revs manager Mark Mason.

“Eddie was one of the best lefty relievers in the league during his time here,” Mason said in a news release from the Revolution. “More importantly, he had a tremendous work ethic and was a great teammate and true professional. He made the most of his opportunity here and has earned this. We’re extremely proud and happy for him.”

Revs earn milestone triumph, stay just a half game out of first place

The manager of Paredes’ new team was equally thrilled to see the veteran lefty succeed.

"It's been a long road for him," Dodges manager Dave Roberts told The Associated Press after Los Angeles’ 6-4 triumph on Monday over Minnesota. "And for him to finally make his major-league debut at Dodger Stadium with a win, I know he and his family are thrilled. The guys were excited."

Implausible journey: Paredes, if he continues to do well, could even end up pitching in the major-league playoffs, maybe even the World Series. The Dodgers, after all, own the best record in the majors at 69-31 after Monday’s win and boast an 11½-game lead in the NL West.

That possibility is a fair piece down the road, however. For the time being, Paredes should simply enjoy his implausible journey from the Dominican Republic to York to Los Angeles, with plenty of forgettable stops in between.

At 18, Paredes signed with the Seattle Mariners, where he began his pro career in the Dominican Summer League in 2006, advancing to reach the Triple-A level multiple times during seven years in the Mariners system and earning a spot on the club’s 40-man roster from November 2009 through June 2011.

York's Edward Paredes delivers a pitch agaisnt Lancaster during Atlantic League game action in York, Pa. on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. Paredes earned a win in his major-league debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.

York career: After a stint in the Cleveland Indians organization, Paredes joined the Revs early in the 2013 season and went on to enjoy three strong seasons in the York bullpen, going 9-6 with a 3.00 ERA in 131 outings, including sub-3.00 ERAs in each of his first two years. He struck out 73 in 57 innings during the 2015 season. All-time, Paredes ranks seventh in Revs history in ERA (minimum 100.0 innings) and fourth in both appearances and relief wins.

Following his third season in York, Paredes earned a contract with the Los Angeles Angels, where he pitched for Double-A Arkansas in 2016 and was a Texas League All-Star. Paredes signed with the Detroit Tigers in November 2016 before being claimed off waivers by the Dodgers less than a month later.

Paredes was a Texas League All-Star again this season with Tulsa, owning a 2.81 ERA in 24 appearances with 45 strikeouts in 32 innings at the Double-A level. Paredes was promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City on July 4, where he excelled in six outings, allowing one unearned run on four hits in 8 1/3 innings, striking out 14 and walking one. That performance earned him a promotion to the Dodgers.

Ninth Revolution player to make majors: Paredes becomes the ninth former Revs player to reach the majors and the third to make his big-league debut after playing in York, joining fellow left-handed pitchers Scott Rice (New York Mets, 2013) and Ian Thomas (Atlanta Braves, 2014).

Paredes is the second Revs alum to play for the Dodgers, joining Thomas (2015), and is the first Revs alum to appear in the majors since Thomas did so in 2015 with the Braves and the Dodgers. Both sported uniform number 58 with Los Angeles.

Paredes needed just 11 pitches (seven strikes) to work a 1-2-3 eighth on Monday with his team trailing 4-3. When Cody Bellinger connected on a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth, it made Paredes the eventual winner in the come-from-behind victory.

History in the making: Paredes joins Rice, Thomas and Shawn Hill (Toronto Blue Jays, 2012) as former Revs to earn big-league wins. Paredes and Hill are the only two to do so in their first appearance in the majors after pitching in York, and Paredes becomes the first to do so in his major-league debut.

Paredes also made Dodgers history on Monday night, becoming the first Dodgers lefty reliever to earn the win in his major-league debut since Pete Richert on April 12, 1962, in a game against the Cincinnati Reds, also at Dodger Stadium.

So, in many ways, what Paredes accomplished Monday night wasn’t just improbable, it was historic.

And no matter what happens from this point forward, Paredes can  say he's a major leaguer and a major-league winner.

About that, there is no more doubt.

— Steve Heiser is sports editor for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com. Some information for this column was provided by the York Revolution.