The Milwaukee Brewers completed a minor trade yesterday afternoon, agreeing to a deal with the New York Yankees that sent some international bonus pool slot money to New York in exchange for minor league right-hander Chad Whitmer. It is not yet known how much spending capacity was transferred to New York, or whether it was for the 2017-18 international signing period officially that ended yesterday or the upcoming 2018-19 signing period that begins on July 2nd.
The #Brewers have acquired RHP Chad Whitmer from the @Yankees in exchange for international slot money. Whitmer was drafted by New York in the 10th round of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft. pic.twitter.com/NwBHRuWt59— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) June 15, 2018
Whitmer, who turned 23 in May, was a 10th-round draft pick and senior sign by the Yankees in last summer’s draft, inking for a $7,500 bonus out of Southern Illinois University - Carbondale. He had a nice debut for New York’s rookie level Gulf Coast League affiliate, although he was about a year and a half older than the league average. He appeared in 14 games and logged 19.0 innings, posting a 3.79 ERA with 22 strikeouts against only two free passes. His excellent peripherals equaled out to a 1.69 DRA and 35 DRA-. Whitmer’s fastball reportedly sits in the low-to-mid-90s along with a curveball and changeup, three pitches which he has shown improved control of since joining the professional ranks.