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West Virginia Black Bears relief pitcher Matt Frawley (54) during a game against the Batavia Muckdogs on June 29, 2016 at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia, New York. West Virginia defeated Batavia 9-4. (Mike Janes/Four Seam Images via AP)


Yankees Acquire Matt Frawley, as the PTBNL in the Johnny Barbato Trade

The Yankees have announce that they have acquired minor league Matt Frawley from the Pittsburgh Pirates to complette the Johnny Barabato trade.

Frawley is a 21-year-old RHP, who was drafted by the Pirates in the 17th round of the 2016 draft. Frawley was not considered to be among the top-500 draft prospects in last year’s draft, nor was he considered a top-30 Pirate prospect coming into the season.

With that said, he has done very well in A-ball this season. In 33.33 innings he has put up the following numbers: 1.62 ERA, 2.80 FIP, .75 WHIP, 1.08 BB/9, and a 8.64 K/9. Frawley was used as both a reliever, and a stater at Purdue, but has pitched exclusively from the pen the past two years. At the time of the draft Frawley was a two-pitch pitcher; he threw a fastball in the low-90s and an inconsistent curveball. From the looks of his numbers, one might assume he has improved, however it’s worth noting that he is just .8 years younger than the average batter at the level, and should be more advanced because he pitched in college.

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