Rockies/Yankees Swap Minor League Pitchers

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In an effort to add experienced depth at the Double-A and Triple-A level, the Rockies acquired pitcher Jordan Foley from the Yankees for reliever Jefry Valdez this week.

Foley, the Yankees 26th-round draft choice in 2011 out of Eastern Michigan, has primarily worked in relief in his minor-league career. The Yankees did assign him to Glendale in the Arizona Fall League this year, but teams limit innings for pitchers in the AFL. He made seven starts, going 0-2 with a 9.15 ERA, allowing 20 runs and 20 hits in 19 2/3 innings. He struck out 20, but also walked 19.

The Yankees opted to trade him to make room on their 40-man roster. He will be available in the Rule 5 draft at the winter meetings, although at the age of 25, he isn’t likely to be selected. Valdez also is believed to be Rule 5 draft eligible because he was 19 on June 5 preceding his signing, and this will be his fourth Rule 5 draft since signing.

He spent the 2018 season at Double-A Trenton, compiling a 4-4 recrod with a 2.98 ERA. His only Triple-A experience was two appearances, one start and one relief appearance, at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2015.

In 130 minor-league games, 26 starts (only two in the last three years), he is 12-15 with a 3.07 ERA, He has struick out 339 batters and walked 142 in 290 1/3 innings.

Valdez was not signed by the Rockies until he was 19, three years after he was intiially eligible, and in four pro seasons has yet to pitch at a full-season level, splitting time between the Rockies Dominican Summer League team, and their short-season teams at Grand Junction and Boise.

He struck out 45 in 34 innings at Short-Season Class A Boise in 2018, but had a 5.82 ERA. Between Rookie Grand Junction and Boise he is 5-4 with 94 strikeout sin 66 innings, but has a 5.45 ERA.