Yankees get first chance at pitcher they traded for Joey Gallo

A full assessment of the trade may still not be clear for a few more years, but the Yankees are set to take a close look at one of the plays they gave up for Joey Gallo last summer.

Right-hander Glenn Otto will start for the Rangers on Friday night at Yankee Stadium, taking on Gerrit Cole as the Yankees begin a five-game homestand.

Otto was a fifth-round pick of the Yankees in 2017 before they sent him to Texas along with infielders Ezequiel Duran and Josh Smith and infielder/outfielder Trevor Hauver last July for Gallo and reliever Joely Rodriguez.

Otto, 26, made his MLB debut last August with five shutout innings against the Astros before finishing the season with a 9.26 ERA in six starts. He didn’t kick the team out of camp this year, but was quickly called up to replace the injured Jon Gray in the rotation.

The Yankees traded Glenn Otto to the Rangers as part of the Joey Gallo deal.
Joey Gallo
Joey Gallo
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In two starts, Otto allowed three runs in 9 ¹/₃ innings (2.89 ERA) while striking out 10 with a .964 WHIP. Gray returned this week but Otto pitched well enough to stay in the rotation, giving him a chance to face his old organization.

Gallo, meanwhile, had a tough introduction to New York last season and that continued into the start of this year. But the true three-result hitter has started to look more like what the Yankees have been hoping for lately. In his last eight games — he missed three in a row this week with a groin strain before returning to the lineup on Wednesday — he is 7 for 23 with three homers, three walks and 12 strikeouts.

While the Yankees turned Rodriguez into Miguel Castro (1.80 ERA) in a trade with the Mets during spring training, the rest of the package they gave the Rangers is still developing in the minor leagues. Duran, an MLB.com Top 100 prospect, is currently batting .227 with a .674 OPS in 21 games at Double-A Frisco. Smith is batting .256 with a .714 OPS in 21 games at Triple-A Round Rock and Hauver is hitting .164 with a .599 OPS in 18 games at High-A Hickory.

This weekend will also serve as something of a reunion for two other Yankees, former Rangers Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Jose Trevino.

Kiner-Falefa, who arrived with the Yankees via the Twins (for one day), spent his first four major league seasons with the Rangers. With the Yankees, the shortstop shrugged off a slow start to the year to enter Friday batting .295 with a 110-plus OPS while playing solid defense.

Trevino was still with the Rangers at the end of spring training before the Yankees acquired him to form a captivating tandem with Kyle Higashioka. He was praised for his work with the Yankees’ pitching staff, though he remained quiet offensively after a hot start to the season, bringing a 0-for-21 slip on Friday.

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