Barbato was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. The 24-year-old was claimed off waivers from the Yankees on April 17, and with Antonio Bastardo (quadriceps) landing on the disabled list, Barbato will head to the majors with his new organization. He'll look to carry the success from his two scoreless innings with Triple-A Indianapolis into his new role as a middle reliever for Pittsburgh.
Barbato was traded Monday from the Yankees to the Pirates in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The 24-year-old was designated for assignment last week after the Yankees needed to clear up a 40-man roster spot for Jordan Montgomery. An intriguing right-hander who boasts a mid-90s fastball to go with two other offerings, Barbato will report to Triple-A Indianapolis and could soon earn a call-up to the big club if he performs well in the minors.
Barbato was designated for assignment by the Yankees on Wednesday. Barbato has always had a high propensity to strike batters out, but when push came to shove, his spring performance paired with his mediocre start to the Triple-A season left him as the odd-man out when New York needed a 40-man roster spot for pitching prospect Jordan Montgomery. Barbato should continue to fill a spot in the Triple-A rotation, but he'll need to improve his control and performance as a whole if he wants to regain good standing in the organization.
Barbato was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday, Dan Martin of the New York Post reports. Barbato was hit hard in his last Grapefruit League appearance, conceding five runs on four hits and a pair of walks while recording just two outs, ultimately leading to his demotion. The 24-year-old has always been a high-volume strikeout pitcher and figures to be in the mix for a bullpen spot with the big league club throughout the year even if he'll be back in the minors on Opening Day.
Barbato is in play for a spot in the Opening Day bullpen, George A. King of the New York Post reports. Barbato bounced between Triple-A and the majors last season, having significantly more success in his minor league stints. The 24-year-old has always been a high strikeout pitcher, notching more than 9.0 K/9 at every stop in his career except his first stint at Low-A in his first professional season, but otherwise the righty has never been viewed as anything more than a middling prospect. He's off to a strong start in the spring though, striking out five over four scoreless innings in two appearances.
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