The Oakland Athletics traded right-handed pitchers Frankie Montas and Lou Trivino to the New York Yankees for Minor League left-handed pitcher Ken Waldichuk, left-handed pitcher JP Sears, right-handed pitcher Luis Medina and Minor League infielder Cooper Bowman, the club announced today. All four acquisitions were ranked among the Yankees top 21 prospects, including Waldichuk, who was ranked fifth.
Waldichuk began the season at Double-A Somerset and was 4-0 with a 1.26 ERA in six starts when he was promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on May 17. He is 2-3 with a 3.59 ERA in 11 starts with the RailRiders and is a combined 6-3 with a 2.71 ERA and .196 opponents batting average in 17 starts. The 24-year-old left-hander leads the Yankees farm system with 116 strikeouts after ranking fourth in the minors with 163 last year. Waldichuk was selected by New York in the fifth round of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft out of St. Mary’s college and is the Yankees fifth best prospect according to MLB.com. He is 12-8 with a 3.00 ERA and .193 opponents average in 50 games, 48 starts, in three seasons in the minors and has 328 strikeouts in 215.2 innings (13.69 per nine innings).
Medina has spent the entire season at Somerset where he is 4-3 with a 3.38 ERA and .179 opponents batting average in 17 starts. He has struck out 81 in 72.0 innings but has also walked 40. The 23-year-old right-hander was signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on July 8, 2015 and is the Yankees 10th ranked prospect according to MLB.com. Medina is 14-20 with a 4.46 ERA and .217 opponents batting average in 86 games, including 84 starts, in six professional seasons.
Sears made his Major League debut with the Yankees this year and is 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA and .184 opponents batting average in seven games, including two starts, over five stints. He has spent the balance of the season at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he is 1-1 with a 1.67 ERA and .155 opponents batting average in 11 games, nine starts. The 26-year-old left-hander is the Yankees 20th ranked prospect and was acquired by New York from the Mariners in a Nov. 18, 2017 trade. Sears is 17-14 with five saves, a 2.86 ERA and .202 opponents batting average in 77 games, including 43 starts, in five seasons in the minors. He has struck out 341 and walked just 75 in 277.1 innings.
Bowman has spent the entire season at High-A Hudson Valley where he is slashing .217/.343/.355 with 15 doubles, one triple, eight home runs, 35 RBI, 35 stolen bases, 55 walks, and 97 strikeouts in 80 games. The 22 year-old infielder was selected by New York in the 4th round of the 2021 First-Year Player draft out of the University of Louisville and is ranked as the Yankees 21st overall prospect, according to MLB.com.
Montas is 4-9 with a 3.18 ERA, .233 opponents batting average and .656 OPS in 19 starts with the A’s. He has walked 28 and struck out 109 in 104.2 innings. The 29-year-old right-hander ranks seventh in the American League in strikeouts per nine innings (9.37), eighth in opponents on-base percentage (.284) and 10th in ERA but is tied for the third most losses. Montas was acquired by the A’s from the Los Angeles Dodgers with Jharel Cotton and Grant Holmes for Rich Hill and Josh Reddick on Aug. 1, 2016. He was 35-30 with a 3.70 ERA in 114 games, including 89 starts, in six seasons with Oakland and finished his A’s career with 558 strikeouts in 537.2 innings. Montas made his Major League debut with the Chicago White Sox in 2015 and is 35-32 with a 3.73 ERA in 121 career appearances.
Trivino is 1-6 with 10 saves, a 6.47 ERA and .326 opponents batting average in 39 relief appearances. He had two saves in April before going on the Covid-19 injured list and did not have another save opportunity until June 25. The 30-year-old right-hander has allowed just 2-of-20 (10.0%) inherited runners to score, which is the third lowest percentage in the American League, but is tied for the lead among AL relievers in most hits allowed (46), tied for second in most losses and tied for fourth in most runs (25). Trivino was originally selected by the A’s in the 11th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft and was the third longest tenured player in the Oakland organization behind Luis Barrera and Chad Pinder. He was 20-23 with a 4.04 ERA and 36 saves in 260 relief appearances in five seasons with the A’s.