The New York Yankees traded left-handed pitcher Tyler Webb to the Milwaukee Brewers for first baseman prospect Garrett Cooper on Thursday, as first reported by Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. In 2015, he pitched in 72 2/3 innings for New York's affiliate in Scranton, posting a 3.59 ERA, 1.239 WHIP and 10.2 K/9.
Joel Sherman reports that 1B/OF prospect Garrett Cooper will be heading to NY to complete the deal. Both players are in Triple-A at the time of the deal.
A native of Torrance, Calif., Cooper was selected by Milwaukee in the sixth round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft after two seasons at El Camino Community College (Calif.) and his junior and senior seasons at Auburn University. The 26-year-old owns a 15-14 record with a 3.45 ERA in 150 games over five minor league seasons with the organization.
Who's Cooper? The 26-year-old Cooper is a 6-foot-6, powerful first baseman who's hit 17 homers and driven in 82 runs with a.366 batting average in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. After being acquired by Pittsburgh in this past winter's Rule 5 Draft, he was returned to NY on April 1.
A few hours later, the Brewers did indeed make a move, though it wasn't exactly an equivalent-level deal - and that's presumably just fine for general manager David Stearns, who, while surely happy the club is having so much unexpected success this season, remains reluctant to sacrifice talent from the Brewers' formidable farm system as he builds for the future. He has a low-90s fastball, but also possesses a plus slider, an effective changeup and, as his minor-league walk rate indicates (2.43 walks per nine innings), he locates well.