The New York Yankees signed right-handed pitcher Domingo Acevedo as an international free agent in November 2012 with a signing bonus of $7500.
The Yankees assigned Acevedo to the Dominican Summer League. Acevedo appeared in 11 games, 10 of those starts, and posted a record of 1-2 with a 2.63 ERA. He pitched 41 innings, allowing 42 hits while striking out 43.
Acevedo moved to the Gulf Coast League for his second season of professional baseball. With the Yankees second squad, Acevedo went 0-1 with a 4.11 ERA. He pitched in 5 games, all starts, while pitching 15 and one-third innings, allowing 16 hits and striking out 21.
The Yankees pushed Acevedo up to Low Class-A Charleston of the South Atlantic League to start the season. He would only end up making one start for Charleston lasting one and two-thirds innings before heading to the disabled list. Acevedo would be plagued with blister problems attributed to his slider grip, which he worked to correct.
Acevedo was assigned to the Staten Island Yankees of the short-season A New York-Penn League the rest of the year where he would make 11 starts posting a 3-0 record with a sterling 1.69 ERA. He pitched 48 innings, striking out 53 batters, only walking 15 while allowing 37 hits.
With his impressive stint at Staten Island, Acevedo was sent back to Charleston to pitch for the RiverDogs. He would start eight games, going 3-1 with a 1.90 ERA. He pitched 42 and two-thirds innings allowing only 34 hits. He struck out 48 batters, calculating to 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings, and only walked seven. His WHIP was an astounding 0.961.
Acevedo did have a minor hamstring pull while with Charleston and spent some time on the disabled list.
He earned a call-up to the Tampa Yankees of the High Class-A Florida State League on June 14. Acevedo put up a 2-3 record with a 3.22 ERA in 10 starts. He pitched in 50 and one-third innings allowing 49 hits while fanning 54 hitters. He walked 15 batters which helped his WHIP settle in at 1.272. The injury bug would strike him again, though, as he ended up on the disable list twice in August with a back injury.
Acevedo stands 6’7” tall and has the power pitches to back up his stature. He has absolutely electric stuff. His fastball hits 100 on the radar gun while throwing a nasty slider and a good changeup. He does struggle at times with command on his pitches but has worked to improve his control. “Instead of placing (pitches), I’m working on throwing the ball. Thinking about throwing it and not so much placing it,” Acevedo said in May 2016. Along with continuing to improve his control, it’s essential that Acevedo avoids injuries. Although not suffering any major injuries and his arm coming through in good shape, he has spent a lot of time on the disabled list the past two seasons.
Depending on how the spring plays out in minor league camp, it would seem Acevedo may start out at Tampa for 2017, but it wouldn’t be a complete shock to see him suit up for the Trenton Thunder of the Double-A Eastern League Opening Day. He certainly has the ability to pitch in AA and make that next step. Unless injuries hit again, Acevedo will most certainly see time at Trenton with an outside shot of seeing time in AAA with the International League Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.