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Yankees call up hard-throwing righty Domingo Acevedo from Double-A

 

The Yankees made a Domingo-for-Domingo swap on Saturday.

Domingo Acevedo, a 24-year-old right-hander who’s currently the team’s No. 7 prospect per MLBPipeline, was called up from Double-A Trenton prior to the Yankees’ game against the New York Mets at Yankee Stadium.  

In the meantime, Acevedo will take Domingo German’s spot on the big league roster, as the 25-year-old starter was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre following the team’s 7-5 loss on Friday.  In that game, German (2-6, 5.68 ERA) lasted just 3.2 innings, and allowed four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three. 

The Yankees also announced that Luis Cessa is scheduled to take German’s next turn in the rotation, so Acevedo will be used out of the bullpen.  

In 11 Double-A games this season (eight starts), Acevedo is 2-2 with a 2.84 ERA.  Here’s a scouting report of the 6-foot-7, 250-pound Dominican native, via MLBPipeline:

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.

For an extra-large guy with a lot of velocity, Acevedo throws a surprising amount of strikes. His delivery isn’t smooth and features effort, yet he somehow makes it work and finally proved he could hold up over a full season in 2017. Some scouts aren’t convinced he’ll hold up for a starter, though he’d still have plenty of value as a high-leverage option should he become a reliever.

Acevedo received a scant $7,500 signing bonus from the Yankees as an 18-year-old back in October 2012.

 

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