Padres, Yankees swap former Midwest League pitchers

The New York Yankees and the San Diego Padres swapped former Midwest League pitchers Monday.

The Yankees parted with one of their bullpen arms, RHP Shawn Kelley, to get minor-league righty Johnny Barbato, who pitched in Double-A for the Padres this year.

Kelley pitched in the Midwest League when he was a Seattle Mariners farmhand. In 19.2 innings pitched for the 2007-08 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, he notched three saves and 26 strikeouts. He made his major-league debut for the Mariners in 2009 and was traded to the Yankees in February 2013.

Barbato spent the 2012 season with the Fort Wayne TinCaps. He went 6-1 with a 1.84 ERA, 84 strikeouts and three saves in 73.1 IP (48 relief appearances).

RP Johnny Barbato (right) and C Austin Hedges celebrate after recording the final out needed to advance the Fort Wayne TinCaps to the 2012 Midwest League Championship Series. (Photo by Robert Ivory)

RP Johnny Barbato (right) and C Austin Hedges celebrate after recording the final out needed to advance the Fort Wayne TinCaps to the 2012 Midwest League Championship Series. (Photo by Robert Ivory)

To make room for Kelley on their 40-man roster, the Padres designated RHP Keyvius Sampson for assignment. Sampson didn’t pitch well in Triple-A this year, going 2-5 with a 6.68 ERA, 94 strikeouts and 68 walks in 91.2 IP for the El Paso Chihuahuas. He pitched much better for the TinCaps in 2011, going 12-3 with a 2.90 ERA, 143 strikeouts and 49 walks in 118 IP.

Happy birthday, Devon White

Former All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner Devon White turned 52 Monday. He played two seasons in the Midwest League as a California Angels farmhand in 1982 and 1983.

In 1982, White batted .215 with 1 HR, 11 RBI and 11 SB in 57 games with the Danville Suns. The Danville team moved to Peoria after that season. White made significant strides in 1983 when he hit .253 with 13 HR, 66 RBI and 32 SB in 117 games with the Peoria Suns.

Former Tampa Bay Rays/current Chicago Cubs skipper Joe Maddon managed the Suns in 1984, the year after White, Wally Joyner and Mark McLemore played for Peoria. Maddon also played in the Midwest League, for the 1976 Quad City Angels.

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