The New York Yankees strengthened their bullpen on Monday, acquiring the right pitcher Clay Holmes from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for the prospective infielders Diego Castillo and Hoy Park. Holmes has a 4.93 ERA with 44 strikeouts in 42 innings from the bullpen for the Bucs this year, and he owns a 5.57 ERA in parts of four seasons, all with the Pirates.
Veteran catcher Rob Brantly, who had been on the roster as a Covid-related replacement player, has been returned to Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre to open a roster spot:
Holmes, 28, and 1.96 meters tall, has spent the season in the Pittsburgh bullpen and has thrown with a strikeout rate of 23.3 percent, a walk rate of 13.2 percent and a whopping shot rate of 72.8 percent. hundred. To offer a little more context on that percentage, Holmes has allowed only 16 fly-balls (three of which were Pop-Ups) and 15 lines. He has inducted 83 grounders.
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Control has been an obvious problem for Holmes, who has hit four batters and thrown five wild pitches, but has only allowed 10 home runs in 119 2/3 innings in his career (0.75 HR / 9). He’s also among the best in the game for limiting premium contact so far in 2021 (86th percentile average muzzle velocity; 91st percentile barrel percentage).