Paul Stanton Sewald (born May 26, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). Sewald attended the University of San Diego played college baseball for the San Diego Toreros. He made his major league debut in 2017.
Sewald with the Mets in 2017
|New York Mets|
|Born: May 26, 1990|
Las Vegas, Nevada
|April 8, 2017, for the New York Mets|
|MLB statistics |
(through September 11, 2019)
|Earned run average||5.23|
|Representing United States|
|Pan American Games|
Sewald attended Bishop Gorman High School in Summerlin, Nevada. In 2008, his senior year, he went 7-0 with a 1.57 ERA, earning All-State honors. Undrafted out of high school in the 2008 MLB draft, he enrolled and played college baseball for the San Diego Toreros at the University of San Diego. As a senior in 2012, he pitched to an 8-4 record with a 3.09 ERA in 15 games (14 starts). The New York Mets selected Sewald in the tenth round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft. They gave him a $1,000 signing bonus.
After signing, Sewald made his professional debut that same season with the Brooklyn Cyclones of the Class A-Short Season New York-Penn League where he was 0-2 with a 1.88 ERA in 28.2 relief innings pitched. He pitched in the 2013 season with the Savannah Sand Gnats of the Class A South Atlantic League, compiling a 3-2 record and 1.77 ERA in 35 relief appearances.
Sewald began the 2014 season with the St. Lucie Mets of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League and was promoted to the Binghamton Mets of the Class AA Eastern League during the year. In 43 appearances out of the bullpen between two teams, he was 5-1 with a 1.92 ERA. After the regular season, he played in the Arizona Fall League. He spent the 2015 season with Binghamton where he pitched to a 3-0 record and 1.75 ERA in 44 games and the 2016 season with the Las Vegas 51s of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League where he was 5-3 with a 3.29 ERA in a career high 65.2 innings pitched. In 2015, he pitched for the United States national team during the 2015 Pan American Games. Sewald began 2017 with Las Vegas.
The Mets promoted Sewald to the major leagues on April 8, 2017, as Ty Kelly was designated for assignment. He made his debut the same day against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field and surrendered two runs in a third of an inning. He was optioned back to Las Vegas on April 13 and recalled again on May 1. After his May 1 recall, he spent the remainder of 2017 with the Mets. In 57 relief appearances for New York, he was 0-6 with a 4.55 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. He was designated for assignment on May 26, 2019. On August 16, the Mets selected Sewald's contract.
Sewald's father, Mark, is a former college baseball pitcher who was drafted out of high school by the Boston Red Sox in 1979. Both of Sewald's parents are accountants. He received his bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of San Diego. Sewald's younger brother, Johnny, an outfielder, was selected in the 14th round of the 2015 MLB draft out of Arizona State University by the Houston Astros.
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