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Pinstriped Prospects Scouting Report: Domingo Acevedo

Domingo Acevedo works against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies in Trenton on May 30, 2017. (Martin Griff)

Player: Domingo Acevedo

DOB: March 6, 1994

B/T: R/R

Height: 6’7”

Weight: 250

Affiliate: Trenton Thunder (Double-A)

Trenton Thunder pitcher Domingo Acevedo during a rain delay against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on July 20, 2017. (Martin Griff)

OFP: 70

Role: Top of the rotation starter (1-2), championship caliber closer

Risk Factor: Medium

MLB ETA: 2018

The Trenton Thunder’s Domingo Acevedo, wearing a Derby bat dog shirt, works against the Richmond Flying Squirrels in Trenton on June 26, 2017. (Martin Griff)

Makeup:

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.

Trenton Thunder’s Domingo Acevedo works against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on July 20, 2017. (Martin Griff)

Arsenal:

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.

Trenton Thunder starting pitcher Domingo Acevedo warms up before working against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies in Trenton on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.  (Martin Griff) 

Mechanics:

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.

Trenton Thunder’s Domingo Acevedo against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies in Trenton on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. (Martin Griff)

Overall:

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.

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