The Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees made a deal this morning that sent left-handed pitching prospect Caleb Frare to Chicago. In return, the Yankees received $1.5 million in international bonus pool money.
The #WhiteSox have acquired left-handed pitcher Caleb Frare from the New York Yankees in exchange for international signing bonus pool money. Frare will be assigned to Class AAA Charlotte.
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) July 29, 2018
Frare was an eleventh-round draft pick back in 2012 for the Yankees as a high school prospect out of Montana. His arsenal includes a fastball that reaches the mid-90s, a changeup, and a slider. After just 10 games of rookie level baseball, Caleb Frare missed the 2013 and 2014 season due to Tommy John surgery and being hit by a car.
Despite the unfortunate injuries and circumstances the 25-year-old has dealt with in the early stages of his career, he has bounced back and put together some nice numbers throughout his time in the Yankees minor league system.
Caleb Frare has spent most of the 2018 season with the Yankees Double-A affiliate, posting a 0.62 ERA in 31 games. Frare threw 43.2 innings with the Trenton Thunder, where he struck out 57, walked 15, posted a 0.91 WHIP, and had an 11.7 K/9.
Frare was recently promoted to Triple-A and that’s where he will be assigned to with his new team. Ironically, his one inning of work in Triple-A was against the Charlotte Knights where he gave up two hits, one earned run, and one strikeout.
Through five professional seasons, Caleb Frare has an ERA of 2.37, 269 strikeouts, 119 walks, and a 1.28 WHIP in 235.0 innings pitched. His career K/9 is 10.3 and that’s paired with a 4.6 BB/9. The walk numbers were high in the early stages of his career, but he’s been able to trim those down this season.
Caleb Frare has been able to put together some pretty impressive numbers, especially for a guy that has dealt with so much shortly after getting his first taste of professional ball. Overall, I like this move for the White Sox. It gives them an intriguing left-handed pitching option out of the bullpen. The White Sox didn’t lose much to acquire Frare, so if he ends up panning out, he can potentially be a “steal.”
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