Barbato was signed to a major league contract Friday. Barbato split time between Double-A and Triple-A in 2015, working to a minuscule 0.36 ERA with 26 strikeouts in 25 innings at Triple-A. The 23-year-old could appear in the majors at some point in 2016, but the move was more likely done to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.
The Padres have acquired right-handed reliever Shawn Kelley from the Yankees for pitching prospect John Barbato. Kelley struggled after a strong start last season. The 22-year-old Barbato is averaging more than a strikeout per inning in an up-and-down minor league career. He missed much of last season with an elbow issue and could be forced to have Tommy John surgery, per the YES Network.
The San Diego Padres continued shaping their roster Sunday and moved the following players to their minor-league camp: pitchers John Barbato and Wilfredo Boscan.
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