Johnny Barbato

Johnny Barbato
Barbato with the Pittsburgh Pirates
Detroit Tigers – No. 51
Born: (1992-07-11) July 11, 1992
Miami, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 5, 2016, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
(through June 22, 2018)
Win–loss record 1–3
Earned run average 6.14
Strikeouts 40

John Edward Barbato (/bɑːrˈbt/ bar-BAY-toh;[1] born July 11, 1992) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has previously pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Yankees.


Amateur draft

Barbato attended Felix Varela High School in Miami, Florida. He received a scholarship from the University of Florida. The San Diego Padres selected him in the sixth round of the 2010 Major League Baseball draft, and he signed with San Diego rather than attend college.[2]

New York Yankees

The Padres traded Barbato to the New York Yankees for Shawn Kelley on December 29, 2014.[3] The Yankees added him to their 40-man roster after the 2015 season.[4] He made his major league debut on April 5, 2016. He was optioned to the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on May 9, 2016,[5] recalled on August 4, and sent back again on August 6. In 13 games with the Yankees in 2016, Barbato had a 1–2 record with a 7.62 ERA.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Barbato was designated for assignment by the Yankees at the start of the 2017 season and sent to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was subsequently traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 17, 2017 in exchange for Matt Frawley.[6][7] In 24 relief appearances for the Pirates, Barbato posted a 4.08 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 28 23 innings.

Detroit Tigers

On January 11, 2018, Barbato was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Tigers.[8] After starting the season with the AAA Toledo Mud Hens, Barbato was called up on April 26 and made his Tigers debut the following night against the Baltimore Orioles.[9] Barbato was next called up on May 30, 2018.[10] He was called up again on June 20, 2018.[11] After giving up five earned runs in less than an inning two days later, Barbato was placed on the 10-day disabled list with shoulder tightness.[12] He failed to mention previously that the injury had been bothering him all season, which left manager Rod Gardenhire somewhat perplexed since he asked to throw a light bullpen session earlier that day.[13]


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