The Yankees will call up 1B Garrett Cooper for this weekend's series against the Red Sox in Boston, GM Brian Cashman told reporters Friday.
Cooper was acquired from the Brewers in exchange for LHP Tyler Webb on Thursday and had initially been assigned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The 26-year-old Cooper, who was drafted in the 16th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Brewers, is hitting .366 with 17 home runs and 82 RBI with Triple-A Colorado Springs this season. The 26-year-old has yet to make his big league debut.
Webb made his big league debut with the Yankees on June 24, allowing no runs or hits in 1.1 innings. He has allowed three runs on three hits while striking out five and walking four in six innings since joining the Yankees.
Two of his runs allowed this season came against the Brewers on July 7.
In Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Webb had an impressive 3.24 ERA with 47 strikeouts and three walks in 33.1 innings.
July 13: While Webb was having another quality season in the Yankees minor league system and brief stint with the big league club, he was deemed unworthy of adding to the 40-man roster before the most recent Rule 5 Draft and now as the club needs to make space for future 40-man deals, off he goes to Milwaukee.
Of course, the return matters here as well, as the Yankees add some depth at first base, the club's black hole this season. This is important as Ji-Man Choi has been manning first base as Greg Bird has been out due to an ankle injury.
Cooper's numbers are likely inflated due to the hitter-happy Pacific Coast League and a sky-high BABIP (.386), but he's also shown an ability to draw walks (10.3 percent walk rate) while controlling strikeout rate (15 percent). That's not bad at all for a batter who has at least some power and has demonstrated the ability to get on base in the minors (.370 career OBP in over 1,700 plate appearances).