It’s been almost a month since the Yankees traded Aroldis Chapman, Carlos Beltran, Andrew Miller, and acquired Tyler Clippard in the span of a little over one week. Since then, they are a shocking 13-9, just three victories away from their monthly high of 16 set in May. Today, we’re checking in on the players involved each of those four trades.
AROLDIS CHAPMAN, Closer, Cubs
Chapman was the first domino to fall when he was traded July 25. After converting 20 of 21 saves with the Bombers, Chapman has already blew two chances in 11 tries with the Cubs. He does hold a minuscule .79 WHIP and 21 Ks in 15 frames with Chicago.
In return, the Yankees received a package headlined by Gleyber Torres (pictured). While it is very hard to take stock in High-A stats, Torres’ 14 walks and 20 strikeouts show his good discipline. If you look at his stat page, you’ll notice Torres has made a bunch of errors in the minors- that’s totally normal for a fairly raw and very young talent like he is. Another player the Yankees recieved was outfielder Billy McKinney, who came to Chicago in the same trade that brought Addison Russell there. Scouts were very high on him, but they’ll admit that his bat (his only real asset) has looked considerably slower this year. McKinney seemed to be on a fast track to the bigs, but he’s remained in Double-A with the Yanks. The last prospect received, Rashad Crawford is probably the most athletic of the group. He is currently in high A Tampa, an outfielder whose trademark is his great speed. The final piece of the trade has been the most important in terms of the here and now. I’m talking about former Yankee Adam Warren, who was acquired in the Starlin Castro trade this offseason. After posting horrendous numbers for the Cubs, he has been great with the Yankees, settling in nicely into the 7th inning role. While his 5 ER in 12.2 IP might not look great, 4 of those runs came in one dud outing in Toronto.
ANDREW MILLER, Closer, Indians
Miller was the other dominant arm dealt in late July. Miller has saved two games while hurling 10.2 frames with a great 16/1 K/BB. Headlining the package of a quartet of Cleveland prospects is 2013 #5 overall pick Clint Frazier (pictured), who was immediately anointed the distinction of Yankees’ #1 prospect following the trade.
He already has three triples in only 22 games in Scranton, and homered 13 times in 89 games for Cleveland’s Triple-A squad. Frazier should break the big league squad out of camp next year and is a true center fielder with an above-average arm. The Yankees also recieved lefty starter Justus Sheffield, who’s impressed in High A Tampa, posting 22 Ks in 21 innings during 4 starts with the Bombers’ affiliate. He was drafted in the first round by the Tribe in 2014, but has been knocked for his “small” 5′ 10″, 195 lbs. frame. Along with those two, the Yankees received two minor league relievers. One of those, Ben Heller (AAA/MLB), has already been called up and has warned up in-game a few times despite never being called to the major league mound.Out of all the prospects the Yankees got at the deadline, Heller is the safest bet to stay on the club for the remainder of 2016, especially with September callups on deck.
CARLOS BELTRAN, Of/DH, Rangers
The next domino to fall is still the Yankees’ 2016 leader in AVG, RBI, HR and OPS. Beltran was sent to Texas on deadline day. He’s struggling a bit for his new club, batting under .220 with just two homers. In return, the Yankees bought low on last year’s #4 pick Dillon Tate (HIGH A TAMPA). In 2016, he endured a strange zap in velocity that saw his fastball drop from high 90s to low 90s. However, he has consistently hit 94 + for the Yankees, making people wonder if the Rangers had hindered his development in some manner. Some believe that Tate could be converted to a bullpen arm due to his limited offspeed offerings. The Yanks also received hurlers Erik Swanson and Nick Green, who was recently promoted to High A Charleston.
The final trade the Yankees made was acquiring TYLER CLIPPARD (MLB) in a move in which many, including this author, found to be questionable. In return for the homegrown Yankee, New York sent the D-Backs Vicente Campos, a solid starter who just recently got the call. The Yankees recognized his talent but were worried due to multiple surgeries and the fact that Campos had used an alias at the time he was drafted. For the Bombers, Clippard has settled into the set up role nicely, striking out better than a batter per inning in 11 appearances.