The Surprise Saguaros had the best record in the regular season of the Arizona Fall League and featured eight New York Yankees prospects. The Yankees sent a good mix of prospects to the desert, with four pitchers and four position players, they had a real impact on the team offensively, defensively, and on the hill. While the Saguaros lost to the Scottsdale Scorpions in the AFL championship game, they certainly had a very good season, leading the league in runs scored, stolen bases, slugging percentage, and tied for the league lead in home runs. On the mound, no team had more saves, shut out more opponents, or posted a better WHIP than the Saguaros. I was able to take in several Saguaros games, and here is what I saw/learned from the Yankees prospects this Fall.
Domingo Acevedo, RHP
Stats: 7 G, 1-0, 2.25 ERA, 12 IP, 1.00 WHIP, 11 K, 3 BB, 3 Hold, 1 GF
Domingo Acevedo is known to have a triple digit fastball, but when I saw him he topped out at 96 MPH. Currently he is all fastball and size, standing 6’7” and significantly heavier than his listed 190 lbs. He has a slider and a change that he is working on, with his change clearly his best secondary offering, sitting 82-83 on the day I saw him, but working as high as 86 MPH. He has good deception and the change can certainly become an above average or better pitch. His slider was inconsistent and is a real weakness for him currently. It was routinely clocked at 82 MPH, which is the velocity of a curve but with the shape of a slider. Talking to scouts, his velocities were certainly more impressive on other outings, but from what I saw he was unimpressive. He had recorded all of five outs above short season ball before heading out to the Arizona Fall League, so it can certainly be considered a successful season for him to prove he can compete with elite talent.