The Yankees Got a Great Start from Clayton Beeter, Who was Acquired in a Trade for Gallo

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Jerry Espinoza

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Clayton Beeter, a prospect for the Dodgers who was traded for outfielder Joey Gallo last week, made his debut with his new team on Wednesday. Beeter pitched three scoreless innings for the Yankees’ Double-A Eastern League team, the Somerset Patriots, while striking out six batters.

For Beeter, it was just his sixth scoreless appearance in 19 total appearances this year. During a three-start stretch in the middle of June, Beeter struck out 14 batters and walked only six, for zero earned runs. There has been a consistent problem with walks, and even his three good starts were wasteful (170 pitches for nine innings).

Beeter has allowed 14 runs in 14.1 innings over his last six starts for the Dodgers (8.79 ERA). He averaged about 20 pitches per inning and struck out 22 batters in 14.1 innings, but he also gave up 18 hits, walked 11, and threw three wild pitches.

All of this explains why the Dodgers gave up their 2020 second-round draft pick to the Yankees for Gallo, who performed abysmally in New York. The Dodgers were responsible for helping Gallo find his swing, while the Yankees were responsible for fixing Beeter.

It’s too early to tell who came out ahead or behind in this last-minute deal, but on Wednesday, the trade seemed to benefit both sides.

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