It was an eventful day for Yankees pitching prospect Domingo Acevedo. Approximately 17 hours after learning he earned a promotion to the big leagues, the right-hander found himself optioned back to Double-A Trenton. The team announced the roster move following this afternoon’s victory against the Mets.
According to Lindsey Adler, the right-hander received the call largely because he was stretched out. With Sonny Gray on the mound, the team kept Acevedo around in case they needed someone to soak up innings. Gray pitched well, however, and the rest of the high-leverage relievers were summoned instead.
Acevedo, 24, ranks as the team’s number seven prospect according to MLB.com. They have a glowing report on his electric fastball, but some concerns about his durability and secondary offerings.
“Acevedo’s fastball has been clocked as high as 103 mph, though he usually works from 93-97 mph as a starter, which is even tougher to hit because of the funkiness and angle his 6-foot-7 frame and low three-quarters arm slot create. That slot makes it tough for him to stay on top of his mid-80s slider, which may never be more than an average offering. He compensates with a plus changeup that he locates well and is effective against both left-handers and right-handers.”
The right-hander made the jump from Double-A Trenton, where he’s pitched to a 2.84 ERA (3.32 FIP) over 50.2 innings. He made eight starts on the season with a handful of relief appearances. Acevedo strikes out a fair number of batters (7.11 K/9) and does a fine job of keeping the ball in the park (0.36 HR/9).
According to Jack Curry, Giovanny Gallegos is likely to come up and round out the bullpen. The 26-year-old has been an up-and-down arm for the Yankees, pitching a 4.50 ERA (4.66 FIP) over 10 big league innings. Gallegos will probably just occupy a roster spot until Luis Cessa is ready to go in the rotation.