Domingo Acevedo stood proudly in front of his locker in the visiting clubhouse at Marlins Park surrounded by some of the best minor league players in the world such as Yoan Moncada, Amed Rosario, and Eloy Jimenez.
When asked about how it makes him feel to represent the Yankees in The 2017 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, the 6’7” right-hander said through an interpreter, “It’s an honor, and it makes me really proud. When I found out, I was really surprised, but I am just really happy to be here”. He continued to say that “It makes me proud, it’s a real honor to be in the same room as so many talented players around the word,” when asked what it’s like to not only represent the Yankees but his home country as well.
For those who are fortunate enough to know the Villa Los Almacigos, Dominican Republic native, it should come as no surprise that he stood with a smile on his face which is quickly becoming an infamous giddy signature grin while talking about his terrific season and the potential of helping the Yankees out shortly.
When talking about the Yankees continued youth movement, he said, “I feel like I have grown over the past year regarding maturity, my game, and even in terms of my mechanics. But I am still looking to improve little by little…It makes me very proud to be a part of (the youth movement), and it’s also really good for me to see those guys day in and day out. See how hard they work, and what they are doing to get better. It’s just a really good thing to be a part of.”
What will it take for him to get to New York? “Keep making adjustments, working on my command, and just keep working towards that goal and I think I’ll get there.”
The Yankees and Major League Baseball have clearly taken note of the success that Acevedo has obtained.
He has pitched across three levels of the minor leagues so far in 2017. The 23-year-old began the season pitching for the Tampa Yankees (Single-A Advanced), and went 0-4 with a 4.57 ERA over seven starts. He was promoted to Trenton (Double-A), going 3-0 with a 1.39 ERA in seven starts with the Thunder. Domingo was called up to pitch for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A) for two starts and went 1-1 with a 4.38 ERA.
In 2017, Acevedo has combined to pitch 99 innings across 15 starts. He is 4-5 with a 3.09 ERA. 1.21 WHIP and opponents are hitting .254 off him. He has struck out 107 batters while walking just 23.
Acevedo credited his success to many throughout the organization, “They all have helped me very much. Scottie (Aldred), Danny (Borrell), and (Jose) Rosado have helped me a lot. Rosado has given me a lot of advice throughout the course of my minor league career, and hopefully, he can keep giving me advice when I get up (to New York). But really everyone in the whole organization has always given me the help I’ve needed.”
Acevedo has always had a plus-plus fastball that has reached up to 103 miles per hour on the radar gun. It has been his command and the sharpness of the secondary offerings that have hurt him in the past. This season, that has all changed. His secondary pitches have self-described, “improved a lot, the difference is huge. My slider, change, and command has improved greatly.”