The Oakland A's traded right-handed pitcher Sonny Gray and $1,500,000 international bonus slot cash to the New York Yankees for outfielder Dustin Fowler, infielder Jorge Mateo and right-handed pitcher James Kaprielian the club announced today. The three players are ranked as the fourth, eighth and 12th best prospects respectively in
The Oakland A's traded right-handed pitcher Sonny Gray and $1,500,000 international bonus slot cash to the New York Yankees for outfielder Dustin Fowler, infielder Jorge Mateo and right-handed pitcher James Kaprielian the club announced today. The three players are ranked as the fourth, eighth and 12th best prospects respectively in the Yankees farm system by MLB.com.
Gray was 6-5 with a 3.43 ERA and .229 opponents batting average in 16 starts with Oakland. He began the season on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder and went 2-1 with a 3.34 ERA over his first five starts after he was reinstated from the DL May 1. Gray then went 0-2 with a 6.43 ERA over a five-start stretch from May 30 to June 20, but was 4-2 with a 1.37 ERA and .164 opponents batting average over his final six starts as an Athletic.
Gray was Oakland's first round selection in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft and made his Major League debut in 2013. He went 33-20 with a 2.88 ERA in 76 games over his first three seasons with the A's but is 11-16 with a 4.67 ERA in 38 starts over his last two seasons. The 27-year-old right-hander is 44-36 with a 3.42 ERA in 114 career appearances (112 starts) and ranks ninth on the Oakland career ERA list. Gray went 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA in two postseason starts for the A's in 2013 and was an American League All-Star in 2015.
Fowler made his Major League debut with New York this year. He was selected on June 29 and started that day at Chicago (AL) in right field before rupturing his right patellar tendon with two outs in the first inning. Fowler was placed on the 10-day DL the next day. The 22-year-old left-handed hitter batted .293 with 19 doubles, eight triples 13 home runs and 43 RBI in 70 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was leading the International League in triples, ranked second in slugging (.542) and extra base hits (40), third in hits (87), tied for third in doubles, tied for fourth in runs (49) and fifth in OPS (.871) at the time of his promotion. Fowler was the Yankees 18th round selection in the 2013 draft and is a .282 career hitter with 39 home runs and 251 RBI in 421 games in five seasons in the minors
Mateo began the season at Single-A Tampa of the Florida State League and was batting .240 in 69 games when he was promoted to Double-A Trenton June 27. He hit .300 in 30 games with the Thunder and is batting a combined .258 with 25 doubles, 11 triples, eight home runs and 37 RBI in 99 games overall. The 22-year-old right-handed hitter also has 39 stolen bases, which is second most in all of Minor League Baseball. Mateo was signed by the Yankees out of the Dominican Republic and is a .267 career hitter with 221 stolen bases in 422 career games over six seasons in the minors.
Kaprielian had "Tommy John" surgery on his right elbow in April and has not pitched this year. He was the Yankees first round pick in the 2015 draft and is 2-2 with a 2.45 ERA in eight games, six starts, as a professional. The 23-year-old right-hander went 17-10 with a 2.06 ERA in 66 games (31 starts) over three seasons with UCLA.