Garate has been one of the most effective relievers in the Double-A Southern League this season, posting a 2.04 ERA (12 ER/53.0 IP) and .191 (36-for-188) batting average against in 47 appearances with Chattanooga. His earned run average ranks eighth among Southern League pitchers (minimum 50.0 IP). Garate’s 56 strikeouts rank tied for ninth among full-time relievers in the circuit and his 9.51 strikeouts per 9.0 innings rank sixth (minimum 50.0 IP). He has stranded 17 of 21 inherited runners in ‘09.
The 24-year old Garate was ranked as the 20th-best Dodger prospect by both Kensai and Canuck Dodger, and 28th by Phil Gurnee in our True Blue LA midseason prospect report.
Pete McElroy of MASN also confirmed the trade, and passed along this quote from Nationals' GM Mike Rizzo:
"He's effective against left-handed and right-handed hitters," GM Mike Rizzo said during MASN2's game with the Padres this afternoon. "We seem him in the middle of the order."
Class A reliever Luis Garcia was also sent to Washington in the deal, as announced on Sunday.
This opens up a spot on the Dodgers' 40-man roster, presumably for one of Doug Mientkiewicz or Will Ohman, who are on the 60-day DL.
Thanks to Sam DC for the link.