Player: Domingo Acevedo
DOB: March 6, 1994
Affiliate: Trenton Thunder (Double-A)
Role: Top of the rotation starter (1-2), championship caliber closer
Risk Factor: Medium
MLB ETA: 2018
His makeup is off the charts. Acevedo has the work ethic, demeanor, personality, strength, and humbleness to thrive in the New York city environment. Domingo, a devout Christian, wants to be close and open to teammates, fans, media, etc. He is one of the most positive and energetic people to be around. He does not get rattled or discouraged easily. Respect for people and the game of baseball, coupled with his coachability make him a dream prospect. His mental toughness will either make him a ‘Ace’ or bulldog closer. Just like his idol Derek Jeter, Acevedo wants to badly be the best and is never content.
Fastball – Acevedo sits 94-98 miles per hour (mph) with his fastball, and has touched up to 103 mph in his career. The pitch can be categorized as top of the line, or, plus-plus. Throws it for strikes and can command it well. Possesses arm side run/sink, making it especially difficult for right-handers.
Change Up – Domingo’s second best pitch, the change, sits in the high 80’s. He commands it well and gets swings and misses with it. Acevedo throws it with the same arm speed as his fastball, resulting in more deception. Features plenty of late fade, making the pitch above average to plus.
Slider – The Dominican Republic native throws his third offering from 85-88 mph. It has vastly improved over the past year or two but still is an average offering. Some pitches contain more bite than others, making the offering inconsistent.
Standing at 6’7”, the tall right-hander does an astonishingly good job of repeating his delivery. He is unquestionably more mechanically sound than most pitchers of his size at his age. Acevedo does extremely fall off to the left side, which could lead to troubles fielding his position. He throws from a high-three-quarter arm slot and has great extension thanks to his long stride and height.
Acevedo has a tremendous fastball and change up combination. He pounds the strike zone, almost to a fault thanks to his above-average control, and repeatable delivery/solid mechanics. His injury history and average third pitch are the only two things that are concerns for Domingo, and why he is not a no-brainer top of the rotation starter. Look for the right-hander to make a big splash in the Bronx by the end of next season.