The Yankees dealt an arm eligible for this year’s Rule 5 Draft to the Colorado Rockies Tuesday night, announcing they shipped RHP Jordan Foley to the Rockies for RHP Jefry Valdez.
Valdez signed with Colorado out of the Dominican Republic in 2015. He spent all of 2018 in Short-Season A Boise, pitching in 27 games to a 5.82 ERA, 11.9 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9. It seems his command is good, but he might throw a few too many strikes. He allowed a ridiculous 12.7 hits per nine for Boise, which would explain the high ERA. He’s a three-pitch pitcher, featuring a 90-92 mph fastball, 79-81 mph changeup and an 82-85 mph slider according to Baseball Census. Valdez has been assigned to the Yankees’ Short-Season affiliate in Staten Island.
Foley, 25, was a fifth-round pick of the Yankees in the 2014 draft out of Central Michigan University. He spent the entirety of 2018 with Double-A Trenton, pitching in 37 games (2 starts) with a 2.98 ERA, 9.1 K/9 and 4.7 BB/9. The Yankees assigned Foley to the Arizona Fall League, and he didn’t do so great. He allowed 20 earned runs in 19⅔ innings, and walked an astounding 8.7 batters per nine innings. Despite being Rule 5-eligible, Foley was not added to the Rockies 40-man roster. Foley has been assigned to the Rockies’ Double-A affiliate, the Hartford Yard Goats.