Former Dodgers prospect Clayton Beeter, traded last week at the deadline for outfielder Joey Gallo, made his debut for his new organization on Wednesday. Pitching for the Somerset Patriots, the Yankees Double-A affiliate in the Eastern League, Beeter threw three hitless innings, walking one and striking out six.
Clayton Beeter's first impression was a strong one!
— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) August 11, 2022
It was Beeter’s 19th appearance of the season, and just the sixth scoreless outing. In mid-June, Beeter had a stretch of three appearances in which he allowed zero runs on six hits with 14 strikeouts and six walks. The walks have been a recurring theme, and even those three effective outings were quite inefficient — he threw a total of 170 pitches in those nine innings.
In Beeter’s last six outings with the Dodgers organization, he threw 14.1 innings and allowed 14 earned runs (8.79 ERA). He did strike out 22 in those 14.1 innings, but he also allowed 18 hits and 11 walks and continued to average around 20 pitches per inning.
All of that explains why the Dodgers were willing to trade their 2020 second-round draft pick to the Yankees for Gallo, who struggled mightily in New York. It was kind of an exchange of project, with the Dodgers tasked with helping Gallo find his swing and the Yankees on the job of fixing Beeter.
It’s way to soon to declare a winner or loser in this deadline transaction, but on Wednesday, at least, the trade worked out for both sides.
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