Today’s prospect watch will be on a Yankee giant. That giant is Domingo Acevedo, who is the Yankees seventh best prospect in their farm system. He stands at 6’7″ and weighs 190 pounds. He will continue to get stronger over the years and eventually pump up his fastball to a consistent 97 to 98 mph. He currently averages 95 to 96 mph right now in high Single-A.
Now, the 22-year-old Dominican Republic native was signed back in 2012, which others and I think the Yankees landed a gem as he has shown some true dominance in some of his starts. His 2016 season has been great between both low and high Single-A. In both leagues, he has combined for a 4-4 record with an impressive 2.72 ERA in 82.2 innings pitched. In 15 starts, the powerful pitcher has struck out 93 batters and only walking 18. His command is superb for a young pitcher. His fastball is well advanced, but he needs to develop or work on a third pitch to complement his fastball and changeup, if he wants to be a starter throughout his career. He also throws a changeup that makes hitters look lost at the plate with a ten mile per hour drop off with a strong bite to the pitch. His slider is his project pitch, which project pitches are up and down most of the time.
Finally, I think he is the Yankees best pitching prospect due to his advanced fastball and changeup that blows by hitters and fools hitters. He will be up in two years, as he will contribute in the bullpen in his early part of his career in the show, but eventually he will prove he can pitch in the Yankees rotation.