Official: Joey Gallo to Los Angeles!
I can picture it now: Holmes v. Gallo. Bottom of the 9th. Game 7. Bases Loaded. 3-Run Lead. Strikeout!
Ethan's Quick Thoughts:
This is a good move for both the Yankees and Joey Gallo. It's been more than clear that it was time for him to go. He just couldn't make it work in New York. That's okay! Now he gets to enjoy a much simpler time playing in...
Oh, wait. He's going to Los Angeles?
Well, so much for the idea that he needed to be traded to a team that would put less pressure on him.
I wonder if the Dodgers will be able to fix him. It would be very annoying to see him be willing to work with the Dodgers on his swing mechanics after not doing so in New York over the last few months.
About Clayton Beeter: he is the 15th prospect on the Dodgers (per MLB Pipeline). His scouting profile is below.
Clayton Beeter seems to be an interesting name to get back in a trade. He sat down with David Laurila of Fangraphs halfway through last season and had a nice interview, which you can read here.
A little more about Beeter: He was a compensation pick (end of 2nd round) during the 2020 draft and was selected 66th overall after pitching at Texas Tech. Going into that draft season, Beeter was the 51st ranked prospect by MLB.com.
I mean, the fact that the Yankees got back anything of value for Gallo is a win. He had an MTV value of +0.8, meanwhile Beeter has a value of +2.9 MTV. Dare I say this was a fleece?
Some stats on Beeter from this season at Double-A:
18 Games (16 Starts), 0-3 Record, 5.75 ERA, 51.2 Innings Pitched, 35 Walks, 88 Strikeouts, 1.61 WHIP
Personal Info: Right-Handed Pitcher, 6'2", 220 Pounds, 23-Years Old (DOB: 10/9/1998)
Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 45 | Overall: 50
MLB Pipeline Report:
"Beeter showcased stuff arguably as good as any college starter in the 2020 Draft, but the Dodgers were able to grab him in the supplemental second round because his medical record was more extensive than his track record. He had Tommy John surgery in December 2017 before his first season at Texas Tech and a follow-up arthroscopic elbow procedure seven months later before leading the Red Raiders' 2019 College World Series semifinalists with eight saves and dominating in four starts as a redshirt sophomore. Los Angeles signed him for an over-slot $1,196,500 and handled him with great care in his 2021 pro debut, limiting him to 52 1/3 innings in 28 games (27 starts).
Beeter has a pair of pitches that grade as well above-average when at their best. He sits at 93-96 mph and touches 98 mph with a fastball that has good carry, and a high-spin low-80s curveball that plays off his heater well by dropping through the bottom of the zone. He can flash a solid low-80s changeup with some sink and fade but doesn't use it very often.
Using an overhand slot that creates deception and downhill plane, Beeter tunnels all of his pitches well. With the exception of the shortened 2020 college season, he has exhibited fringy control, and his delivery may not be conducive to throwing more strikes. The Dodgers will try to stretch him out as a starter in 2022, with the fallback of making him a high-leverage reliever if that doesn't work."
Some Additional Tweets of Note:
Note: This is an interesting tweet because the Dodgers are apparently shopping around Tony Gonsolin. They also have expressed an interest in Lucas Luetge. Obviously that would be a very lopsided trade (for the Yankees) but it is something to follow in these final hours.