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.