BBB Top Prospect Countdown #5: Domingo Acevedo

Signed as an international prospect at the age of 19, Acevedo comes in at number five on our BBB top prospect countdown. Acevedo was born March 6, 1994 in Villa Los Almacigos, Dominican Republic and has since then transitioned to playing baseball in the United States. He fits the mold as another prospect who went from relatively unknown to highly touted very quickly.
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Breakdown
Acevedo is a tall, but fairly skinny dude, listing at 6’7” and 190 lbs though there are reports that he is heavier now. Acevedo has done pretty well for himself in the United States as he has pitched to a 2.46 ERA and a 10.0 K/9 rate in 28 games and 27 starts across three minor league seasons. Acevedo’s breakout season was this past year as he pitched to a 3-0 record and a 1.81 ERA in 12 starts between Staten Island and Charleston. Acevedo has so far been able to keep the ball in the ballpark as he has only allowed two home runs over 106 career minor league innings. 

In the Arizona Fall League this past year Acevedo tossed 12.0 innings over the several weeks in the desert, ending with a 2.25 ERA. Of his seven games he only allowed earned runs (three) in one outing. He gave up just nine hits. 

Acevedo is a fastball/slider/changeup guy who’s fastball has reached triple digits (103 MPH) with movement. Domingo's incredible velocity combined with plus movement on his pitches is why he has become the highly praised prospect that he has been portrayed as of late in the Yankees farm.

Domingo’s pitching motion apparently is very similar to that of Michael Pineda. He starts standing bow-legged, then unveils a leg-kick that points in the direction of second base before delivering the ball. While Acevedo’s fastball is a plus-plus pitch, his slider has been tagged as a developing pitch while his changeup could be better.

Projection
I expect Acevedo to start 2016 back in Charleston and be the ace for that rotation, but I will not be surprised if he moves up the ladder quite quickly this year. Soon to be 22 years old, Acevedo could still work on his stamina as he has been known to get tired after 60 or so pitches. If Acevedo can’t get his pitch count up and still be effective, he will certainly be a very good reliever at the major league level. At this stage, the Yankees envision Acevedo to a be a starting pitcher with the tools and makeup to eventually become one of the best in the pipeline and continue the meteoric rise of a suddenly flourishing Yankees farm system, poised for prominence.

MLB Comparison: Michael Pineda

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Article by: Julian Bussells
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