The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired right-handed pitcher Johnny Barbato from the New York Yankees back on April 17th in a deal that was described as a cash considerations deal. Apparently it was cash considerations or a player to be named later, because the Pirates sent West Virginia Power reliever Matt Frawley to the Yankees today to complete the deal.
We noted in Spring Training this year that the 21-year-old Frawley looked good, pounding the bottom of the strike zone with a low-90s fastball that had great downward plane. He carried over those spring results into the regular season, where he has a 1.62 ERA in 19 appearances, throwing 33.1 innings with 32 strikeouts, a .184 BAA, a 1.52 GO/AO ratio and an 0.75 WHIP. He profiles as a future middle reliever in the majors if he reaches his ups...
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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.