Edgar Jose Varela
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 213 lb.
Edgar Varela has played and coached in the minors and became a major league coach in 2020.
Varela barely played as a college senior, going 9 for 27 with a double for a Long Beach State club that finished 21st in NCAA Division I; teammates included Abe Alvarez, Jeremy Reed and Jered Weaver. The Chicago White Sox took him in the 31st round of the 2002 amateur draft. He did very well for such a low draft pick, hitting .330/.395/.527 for the Bristol Sox in his pro debut. He was 6th in the Appalachian League in average and led the league's third basemen in fielding percentage (.930). He lost All-Star honors at third to Aarom Baldiris, who had fairly comparable numbers.
In 2003, Varela hit .230/.290/.290 for the Kannapolis Intimidators. He was then traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Nate Murphy on July 6. Following the deal, he batted .238/.276/.336 in 40 games as a corner infielder for the Lancaster JetHawks. The next season, Edgar put up a .261/.304/.369 line for the South Bend Silver Hawks, fielding .988 at first base and driving home 61 runs.
The Los Angeles native spent 2005 with the JetHawks again, batting .309/.341/.463 with 30 doubles while alternating between first and third base. He began 2006 very well with the independent Reno Silver Sox (.348/.394/.607, 43 RBI in 41 games), winning him a deal with the Florida Marlins. He batted only .160/.222/.240 for the Jupiter Hammerheads in 32 games to conclude both that season and his playing career.
He became a coach with the GCL Pirates in 2008. He was then with the West Virginia Power in 2009-2010, State College Spikes in 2011, West Virginia again in 2012 and Bradenton Marauders in 2013. Varela became a manager with the Bristol Pirates in 2014.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|2014||Bristol Pirates||Appalachian League||22-46||10th||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|2015||Bristol Pirates||Appalachian League||29-36||8th||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|2016||GCL Pirates||Appalachian League||22-34||15th||Pittsburgh Pirates|