Varela begins his first season with the Ducks and third in professional baseball. He spent the 2021 season pitching with the Grand Junction Rockies of the Pioneer League. The 25-year-old made 21 appearances (12 starts), striking out 67 batters and walking 35 over 69 innings of work. Prior to joining Grand Junction, he played with four teams in the Los Angeles Angels organization during the 2019 season, combining to go 2-2 with a 3.99 ERA in 16 appearances, striking out 31 and walking 15 over 29.1 innings.

The Levittown native played his collegiate baseball at Long Island University’s CW Post campus in Brookville, N.Y. In four seasons, he posted a 28-10 record with a 3.20 ERA over 49 games (44 starts). The righty totaled six shutouts, 333 strikeouts and 104 walks over 314.2 innings of work. He is the program’s all-time record holder for wins and innings pitched while ranking second in starts. Varela was originally signed by the Angels as a free agent in 2019.