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The Yankees are trading Joey Gallo to the Dodgers for Double-A righthander Clayton Beeter, according to a report from Pat Ragazzo of Sports Illustrated. Given how badly Gallo has struggled this year, it’s a bit surprising to see the Yankees get anything of value in return here.
Clayton Beeter, RHP
Beeter ranked as the No. 15 prospect for the Dodgers on their midseason prospect list, though there’s still a good bit of rawness to his game for a Double-A pitcher. After having Tommy John surgery in high school, Beeter was a closer at Texas Tech who eventually moved into a starter role. The Dodgers have developed him as a starter, though his future is likely in a relief role. At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, Beeter has innate feel to spin that shows up both on his fastball and breaking ball. Beeter’s fastball sits at 93-96 mph and reaches 98 with good carry up in the zone. With 88 strikeouts in 51.2 innings this year for a 36% strikeout rate, Beeter piles up most of his whiffs with his breaking balls, a power curveball and a harder, mid-80s slider. They both generate ample swing and miss and Beeter throws them as often as he throws his fastball. Despite his power stuff, Beeter also has a 5.75 ERA and 35 walks for 6.1 BB/9 this season, so he has to improve his below-average control. If he does, he could make his major league debut by next season.
Joey Gallo, OF
The last two seasons, Gallo has hit .186/.330/.420 in 889 plate appearances. He walks a lot (17%), he has massive raw power that has been his calling card forever and he drove Yankees fans bonkers with all off his empty swings, posting a 36% strikeout rate over that 2021-22 span. He’s a free agent after the season, so if there’s something the Dodgers see in Gallo that they think can help him turn things around, it will need to click soon.