Matt Frawley was acquired as the PTBNL in the trade that sent Johnny Barbato to the Pittsburg Pirates. Frawley was drafted in the 17th round of the 2016 draft out of Purdue University.
Frawley’s 2016 season began with an assignment to the New York-Penn League where he made 17 appearances. He posted an impressive 11-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 28 innings pitched with a 4.18 ERA.
He then made one appearance in the South Atlantic League where he posted a 0.00 ERA in three innings. His 2016 season showed much promise for the late-round pick.
Matt Frawley’s 2017 season consisted of him bouncing between the South Atlantic League and the Florida State League. His numbers, however, were impressive as he posted a 1.63 ERA in 71.2 innings pitched between the two leagues.
2017 is the season that he became a member of the Yankees farm system, where he threw for both the Riverdogs and the Tarpons. His 2017 season was his best to date, and because of that, he was able to earn a promotion to begin 2018.
Frawley started the season with the Thunder where he saw his first real struggles as a professional. In 15 appearances, posted a 4.37 BB/9 and with that, he posted a 5.56 ERA. His strikeout rate also plummeted to 6.75 SO/9 while with the Thunder, a significant sign he was not missing enough bats.
Matt Frawley was assigned to the Tarpons because of his struggles in Trenton — where he would eventually finish the season. After moving back down to Tampa, Frawley began to miss bats again — posting 11.57 SO/9 over his final 15 appearances, something he missed while with the Thunder.
Standing at 6’1 and 195 lbs. Frawley is of average build — not overly imposing on the mound. He is a three-pitch pitcher featuring fastball-curveball-changeup. His fastball sits in the 90-91 mph range, without much life on it. His curveball can be inconsistent at times with location but has good movement when located correctly. The changeup is a newly developed pitch that sits around 80-81 mph with downward action.
Frawley will likely begin the 2019 season in Tampa as he looks to finish ironing out some of his issues from last season, but look for him to get the call to Trenton once he figures things out.