Detroit Tigers Claim Right-Handed Pitcher Johnny Barbato

Johnny Barbato was claimed by the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. Photo Credit: David Hague
Detroit Tigers Claim Right-Handed Pitcher Johnny Barbato
John Dreker

The Detroit Tigers claimed right-handed pitcher Johnny Barbato from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday afternoon. Barbato was designated for assignment last Thursday when the Pirates claimed right-handed pitcher Shane Carle from the Colorado Rockies.

The Pirates acquired Barbato from the New York Yankees in exchange for minor league reliever Matt Frawley back in April of last year. The 25-year-old Barbato made 24 appearances for the Pirates in 2017, posting a 4.08 ERA, a 5.46 FIP and a 1.50 WHIP, with 23 strikeouts in 28.2 innings. He pitched briefly for the Yankees in 2016, making 13 appearances.

While the hope was that Barbato would clear waivers so he could be sent outright to Indianapolis as bullpen depth, the Pirates appear to have an abundance of pitching options for Indianapol...

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John Dreker

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.

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