The San Diego Padres have acquired right-handed reliever Shawn Kelley from the New York Yankees in exchange for minor-league right-handed pitcher Johnny Barbato, according to Robert Murray of MLB Daily Rumors.
This move by the Yankees shows us that they are comfortable with bullpen arms like Jacob Lindgren, Nick Rumbelow and other young arms. Even with an above-average performance in 2014, the Yankees’ faith in their young guns made the 30-year-old hardly irreplaceable.
In 31 appearances for the Yankees during the 2014 campaign, Kelley put up a 3-6 record, along with a 4.53 ERA, four saves and a 11.7 K/9 ratio, over 51 and 2/3 innings pitched out of the bullpen.
The player the Yankees acquired in exchange for Kelley is 22-year-old Johnny Barbato. The right-hander has played in four seasons of organized minor-league ball with the Padres, compiling a career 12-13 record, along with a 3.79 ERA in 249 and 2/3 innings pitched over 139 games (20 starts).
While with the Padres’ Double-A affiliate in San Antonio, Barbato accumulated a 2-2 record, along with a 2.87 ERA and a 9.5 K/9 in 31 and 1/3 innings pitched over 27 games out of the bullpen.
Pinstriped Prospects provided an in-depth report on Barbato.
He has velocity – reaching 97 with a fastball that sits at 94 out of the bullpen. Barbato also throws a knuckle-curve that has picked up strikeouts – his career strikeout/walk ratio is 256-105. He also throws a decent changeup.