Johnny Barbato

Johnny Barbato

31-Year-Old PitcherP
 Free Agent  
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Blue Jays in June of 2021.
Gets chance with Blue Jays
PToronto Blue Jays  
June 14, 2021
Barbato signed a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays on June 3 and was assigned to Double-A New Hampshire.
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Barbato is back in affiliated ball for the first time since 2018 after spending the past two seasons in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball and the independent ranks. The 28-year-old right-hander worked exclusively as a reliever across his 44 big-league appearances with the Yankees, Pirates and Tigers from 2016 through 2018, but Toronto looks set to evaluate him as a starting pitcher. He's made two turns through the New Hampshire rotation thus far and has allowed two runs on nine hits and four walks over 12.1 innings.
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2018
2017
Barbato opened the 2017 campaign with the Yankees' organization, but was designated for assignment after logging just four innings with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The righty, who averaged 94 mph on his heater this past season, was scooped up by the Pirates and he bounced back and forth between the majors and Triple-A Indianapolis for the remainder of the year. After displaying solid strikeout potential in the minors, Barbato was only able to strike out 23 batters in 28.2 innings of middle relief for the Bucs. Coupled with his low K-rate was a discouragingly high walk rate, and his 3.8 K-BB percentage was easily the worst mark of his professional career. The 25-year-old closed the campaign with a 4.08 ERA (5.46 FIP) and will likely enter the 2018 season in a lower-leverage role for the Pirates once again.
Following a terrific minor league campaign in 2015, Barbato made the Opening Day roster last season, though his tenure in the major leagues was ultimately short lived. The 24-year-old got off to a strong start, turning in five straight scoreless appearances to begin the year, but a couple of poor outings led to a demotion to Triple-A in May. Barbato returned for a one-off appearance in August but was then left off the team's expanded September roster. Between a fastball, curveball and changeup, Barbato features a decent pitch mix, but none of his offerings proved to be particularly successful against major league hitting. He figures to bounce back and forth between Triple-A and the majors again next season, and likely won't see many high-leverage situations in the Yankees' stacked bullpen.
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Sent outright to minors
PDetroit Tigers  
September 13, 2018
Barbato was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo on Thursday.
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Designated for assignment
PDetroit Tigers  
September 11, 2018
Barbato was designated for assignment by the Tigers on Tuesday.
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Activated from DL and optioned
PDetroit Tigers  
July 27, 2018
Barbato (shoulder) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list and sent to Triple-A Toledo on Friday.
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Begins rehab assignment
PDetroit Tigers  
Shoulder
July 24, 2018
Barbato (shoulder) retired two of five hitters and gave up three earned runs on one hit and two walks in his rehab appearance Monday for High-A Lakeland.
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Diagnosed with tendinitis
PDetroit Tigers  
Shoulder
June 23, 2018
Barbato's MRI revealed tendinitis in his rotator cuff, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
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