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Corey Kluber is the ace the Yankees need

Corey Kluber is the difference maker and impact arm the Yankees need atop their rotation.  In 2017 and 2018, Yankee fans wished ace-like status on Luis Severino, but his inconsistencies have left him just short of owning the name.  Kluber, 32, has been the definition of consistent for the Cleveland Indians, winning 18+ games four out of the last five years and winning 20 games in 2018 for the first time in his career. Kluber has posted an ERA below 3.50 every season since 2014, and has struck out at least 220 hitters in the same span. Kluber keeps getting better, and is not showing any signs of regression. Kluber is an ace, the ace the Yankees need.

BBB 2017 Top Prospect Countdown #12: Albert Abreu

At just 21-years young, Albert Abreu has a lot of baseball ahead of him. Abreu was one of the primary pieces the Yankees acquired from the Astros in the Brian McCann deal, and for good reason. Abreu is a four-pitch thrower, which is what we should classify him as more than a pitcher at this stage in his career.
 
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Breakdown:

Abreu’s heater is what impresses the most, as we’ve seen it touch 99 on the radar gun. His inconsistencies lie with his other pitches, but his stuff is so good at times, you see why he’s a fringe top-10 prospect in the deepest farm in all of professional baseball.

Abreu had a decent 2016 campaign between Class-A and High-A. He appeared in 24 games – 16 starts – between the two teams, posting a 3.72 ERA while punching out 115 batters in 101.2 innings. His biggest deficiency was his control, walking 58 opponents in the aforementioned 101.2 innings.

Projection:

Abreu has a long way to go before we see anywhere near a big league roster, but 2017 is a huge year for his progression. We could Abreu pitch at three different levels in ’17 depending if he starts at High-A or Double-A.

Abreu’s main focus needs to be his secondary stuff. If that develops, he can blossom into a star, and maybe even crack the Yankees top-5 prospects headed into 2018. My guess is that he peaks at Double-A and spends most of his time there. The scouts seem to think Abreu has the potential to be a front-line starter in a big league rotation and seeing how his repertoire is lead by a fastball that sits a cool 93-97 MPH, I tend to agree.

Article by: James Grande

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