The Yankees agreed to sign Rafael De Paula back in 2010, but it wasn’t until this March until the deal became official as he was forced to wait two years for a visa due to a suspension he served for lying about his age.
Finally, it seemed, that the 21-year-old righty that can hit the upper 90’s with his fastball would be able to come to the United States and really begin his professional career. That won’t be the case though.
Instead De Paula will stay in the Dominican Summer League this season and will not be joining the Staten Island Yankees as expected, Mark Newman told Josh Norris of the Trentonian.
De Paula did come here temporarily to pitch in extended spring training, but went back to deal with a family issue. It’s not clear if it’s the same family issue that is keeping him there, but it seems likely as there would be no baseball reason to keep him there.
At least he’s doing well down there so far. In his first three starts he has a 1.38 ERA with 17 strikeouts and six walks in 13 innings.