Former York Revolution pitcher Ross Detwiler makes it back to major leagues — briefly

  • Pitcher Ross Detwiler started the 2018 season with the York Revolution.
  • Detwiler was later picked up by the Seattle Mariners organization.
  • Detwiler returned to the majors and pitched for the Mariners Tuesday night.
  • After the game, Detwiler was designated for assignment by the Mariners.

A pitcher who started the season with the York Revolution worked his way back to the major leagues, but his stay in "the show" was brief.

The Seattle Mariners selected the contract of former Revolution left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler from Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday.

Seattle Mariners pitcher Ross Detwiler follows through on a pitch against the Houston Astros during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, in Seattle. Detwiler, a former pitcher for the York Revolution, was designated for assignment after the game. (AP Photo/Jennifer Buchanan)

Detwiler made his season debut for the Mariners Tuesday night, tossing six innings in relief against the Astros in Seattle. He gave up three runs and struck out two in his first major league outing since Sept. 28, 2016.

The fact that Detwiler pitched six innings, however, meant he would not be available to pitch again for several days. As a result, after his Tuesday outing, Detwiler was designated for assignment by the Mariners. If he is not picked up by another team, and he clears waivers, there's a good chance that Detwiler will rejoin Seattle's Triple-A team in Tacoma.

Detwiler becomes the 10th former Revs players and eighth pitcher, to reach the major leagues after spending time in York. He is the second former Revs player 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, joining outfielder Tike Redman (Orioles, 2007), right-handed pitcher Shawn Hill (Blue Jays, 2012) and right-handed pitcher Julio DePaula (Orioles, 2014).

Detwiler, 32, began the 2018 season with the Revs, going 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 30 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 1/3 innings and earned the win against the last-place Road Warriors on May 26.

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The Mariners purchased his contract on May 31 and assigned him to Triple-A, where he logged 71 2/3 innings over 14 appearances (11 starts) before his big-league promotion on Tuesday. He was 2-5 with a 5.15 ERA at Triple-A. He worked at least six innings in seven of his 11 starts and had seven quality starts.

The Mariners were Detwiler’s sixth major league team. He spent parts of seven seasons with the Nationals from 2007 to 2014 before pitching in the majors with the Rangers and Braves in 2015 and the Indians and Athletics in 2016. Detwiler is 23-42 with a 4.36 ERA and 354 strikeouts in 190 appearances (83 starts)  in his major league career.