• Alfredo Aceves

    Posted by on June 18th, 2008 · Comments (22)

    In the last two weeks or so, we’ve been hearing a lot about Alfredo Aceves in Yankeeland. He’s a 25-year-old who has pitched in the Mexican League for the past six seasons. In 126 games there, he went 34-23 with a 4.06 ERA. He’s a small right-hander. I’ve seen his height listed as low as 5′ 10″ and as high as 6′ 1″ – and his weight is between 150 and 176 pounds (depending on the source). The Yankees signed him this winter. To date, he’s pitched at Tampa and Trenton for New York and done well.

    Many Yankees fans expect to see him in the big league starting rotation by the All-Star break. Me? I want him to have at least three starts in Triple-A first and then see the results.

    Yes, he’s been good so far in the minors. But, you expect a 25-year old with six years of professional experience to be able to handle High-A and Double-A batters.

    Put it this way: Aceves is the same age, and has the same build, as the Angels’ Ervin Santana. How well do you think Santana would do if he was pitching in High-A or Double-A right now? This is why we have to see Alfredo Aceves against some more seasoned competition before we, in Yankeeland, start to count on him to help at the big league level.

    Comments on Alfredo Aceves

    1. gphunt
      June 18th, 2008 | 8:01 am

      I’ve read several other times that the Mexican League skill level is equivalent to AAA.

    2. Tex Antoine
      June 18th, 2008 | 8:27 am

      Great. Just what we need. Another soft-tossing midget whose stuff won’t translate above Triple A. At least Ian Kennedy will have someone to talk to.

    3. MJ
      June 18th, 2008 | 9:09 am

      Great. Just what we need. Another soft-tossing midget whose stuff won’t translate above Triple A.
      =================================
      At least give the person a chance before you dismiss him out-of-hand. You never know if someone can surprise you. And if it doesn’t work, you move on. It beats giving Igawa a third chance when we already KNOW what’ll happen.

    4. Raf
      June 18th, 2008 | 9:54 am

      Put it this way: Aceves is the same age, and has the same build, as the Angels’ Ervin Santana.
      ————–
      Doesn’t mean a thing. Pitchers of all shapes, sizes and repetoires have succeeded and failed in MLB.

    5. dpk875
      June 18th, 2008 | 9:59 am

      He isn’t even in AAA yet, give him a chance, maybe this is a diamond in the rough, or a late bloomer.

      I seriously doubt he’ll be in the Bronx by the All star break, maybe AAA though

    6. Gris8a
      June 18th, 2008 | 11:22 am

      Hi everybody!!!
      I’ve been following Alfredo’s career…He was playing in my hometown Monterrey, N.L. Mexico and he was signed by the Yankees because of his work with the Sultanes of Monterrey. This Team is the current Champion of the Mexican League and Alfredo’s work was an important part to achieve this.
      Every day I’ve been looking and reading every news that came of Alfredo with Tampa, and Trenton..I haven’t seen anything bad about him but great comments.
      His numbers and performances have been great!!! So,I think he is taking one step at the time, but I believe he has more things to offer, He is young and strong and he deserve a chance to reach as much as he can give!
      Greetings from Monterrey Mexico =) Gris 8a

    7. yankees76
      June 18th, 2008 | 11:39 am
    8. yankees76
      June 18th, 2008 | 11:52 am

      This guy looks a little bigger, no?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFDV7f1UfPQ

      (youtube posting by Trenton Thunder beat reporter Mike Ashmore)

    9. yankees76
      June 18th, 2008 | 12:00 pm

      I’ll go with PinstripesPlus on this one, Steve.

      http://yankees.scout.com/a.z?s=303&p=8&c=1&nid=3771291

    10. June 18th, 2008 | 3:57 pm

      Tex, wow, just wow. kennedy has thrown 38 ip this year and you’re ready to give up on him. just ridiculous.

      does the 19 ip of sub-2 era ball last year, and winning MiLB Pitcher of the Year mean anything at all?

      maybe, just maybe, he should get a couple seasons to prove his worth.

      and to already give up on a AA pitcher too? wtf? i guess you’re not a ‘glass is half-full’ kind of guy.

    11. Tex Antoine
      June 18th, 2008 | 6:46 pm

      I don’t know, Travis. Do the names Wade Taylor, Ryan Bradley, Brandon Claussen, Christian Parker, Mark Hutton, Tyler Clippard, Brad Halsey, Ed Yarnall, Chase Wright, El Duquecito, and Randy Keisler mean anything to you?

    12. Raf
      June 18th, 2008 | 7:57 pm

      Do the names Wade Taylor, Ryan Bradley, Brandon Claussen, Christian Parker, Mark Hutton, Tyler Clippard, Brad Halsey, Ed Yarnall, Chase Wright, El Duquecito, and Randy Keisler mean anything to you?
      —————–
      Not as much as Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Chien Ming Wang, Sterling Hitchcock, etc, etc, etc

    13. June 19th, 2008 | 8:00 am

      yankees76 – note, that I wrote:

      “I’ve seen his height listed as low as 5′ 10″ and as high as 6′ 1″ – and his weight is between 150 and 176 pounds (depending on the source).”

      Here a source saying he’s 5′ 10″….

      http://firstinning.com/players/Alfredo-Aceves-a

    14. June 19th, 2008 | 8:01 am

      And, here’s another saying he’s 5′ 10″…

      http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=$13454&position=P

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    17. June 19th, 2008 | 8:04 am

      We can do this all day. The point is, as I wrote, that there are many sources listing his height as small as 5-10 and as tall as 6-and-change.

    18. TurnTwo
      June 19th, 2008 | 8:15 am

      “He’s a pretty big guy…probably in the 6′ 2″, 200ish range.”

      from Trenton blogger and beat writer, Mike Ashmore. he does a great job over there at Thunder Thoughts.

    19. yankees76
      June 22nd, 2008 | 4:42 pm

      The correct answer, Steve, when confronted with conflicting facts that are central to your post, is to do a little more research to determine which are correct. If you had done that, instead of simply providing your conflicting set of sources, you would have determined that it was your facts that were incorrect, and that the entire premise of your post is inaccurate. After which, the responsible thing to do would have been to retract/amend/supplement your post with a correction.

      But, why bother being professional about this blogging thing?

    20. yankees76
      June 22nd, 2008 | 4:45 pm

      And, who is that supposed to be a picture of, anyway? It’s not Aceves. You could explain/amend/correct that as well.

    21. June 22nd, 2008 | 4:54 pm

      Dude, if you don’t know who Steve Nebraska is, well, then, you missed the joke and I cannot help you.

      ~~~The correct answer, Steve, when confronted with conflicting facts that are central to your post, is to do a little more research to determine which are correct.~~~

      Other than drive to Trenton with a tape-measure, there’s not much other research that can be done, and trusted, is there?

    22. August 28th, 2008 | 12:06 pm

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