Thursday night we got our first New York Yankees trade of the offseason when they announced that the Bronx Bombers sent catcher/designated hitter Brian McCann to the Houston Astron for right-handed pitchers Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman. We profiled Guzman, now let us look at the centerpiece of the trade Albert Abreu.
Abreu, 21, was signed by the Houston Astros as an international free agent for $185,000 in 2013. He went on to make his professional debut in the Dominican Summer League in 2014.
With the DSL Astros, he started 14 games and earned a 3-2 record while striking out 54 batters in 68 innings pitched. In 2015 he went on to make his United States pitching debut with the Greenville Astros of the Appalachian League. In 13 games, seven starts, he struck out 51 batters in 46 2/3 innings of work and allowed just 13 earned runs.
This past season Abreu began the season with the Quad Cities River Bandits of the Midwest League where he was 2-8 in 21 games, 14 starts, and struck out 104 batters in 90 innings of work. He earned a late season promotion to the Lancaster JetHawks of the California League where he was 1-0 in 3 games, two starts, and struck out 11 batters in 11 2/3 innings. Batters hit only .202 against him this season.
MLB Pipeline had Abreu listed as the #7 prospect in the Astros organization before the trade while Baseball America’s J.J. Cooper tweeted out that he would have been the #10 prospect on their list. After the 2015 season, Baseball America had Albert listed as the #12 prospect in the Astros system.
Abreu has a fastball that can get up to 99 miles per hour and backs it up with a slider, curveball, and a changeup. Long term he has the potential to be a frontline starting pitcher but he has a lot of work to do.
In 2017 you can expect to see Abreu don the pinstripes of the Tampa Yankees of the Florida State League.