Sunday, September 13, 2015

Weekly Check In: Johnny Barbato

I hate to premise a post on something negative but we will do that this morning with one of our last prospect check in posts. Johnny Barbato was acquired from the San Diego Padres this offseason in the trade that sent Shawn Kelley back to the National League. It was originally thought that Barbato needed Tommy John surgery at the time of the trade but Barbato was able to work his way back to the pitching mound and all the way to Triple-A where his 2015 season unfortunately ended on a sour note.

Overall Barbato had a strong season, and just in time as he needs 40 man roster protection from the Rule 5 Draft this winter, but his season did not end the way he had hoped. Barbato was on the mound in the 9th inning of the Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders playoff game and allowed four earned runs, the last of which ended the season. Ouch.


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