First, congrats to Derek Jeter on passing Babe Ruth for second place on the New York Yankees career hits list.
Now, on to the story of this game: Alfredo Aceves.
He pitched a really, really, nice game. But, what should be made of it?
I’m not sure. You have to factor in that he was full of adrenaline – and pitching this game like it was “his” Game Seven of a World Series. Can he do that, consistently, if given a regular turn in a big league rotation?
He was as billed: Nice cutter. Enough of a fastball. Threw strikes. Not afraid of contact. But, I didn’t see anything that said he would be a future ace. Could he be a useful fourth or fifth starter in the major leagues?
Again, I dunno. Who does?
I suppose, maybe, the kid can go on to have a Vicente Padilla type career. And, he could be a useful pitcher for the next few years. But, it’s not like he’s the next Alex Fernandez or something.
I just hope that the Yankees use the proper gauge in assessing Alfredo Aceves and what they see from him this season. (By the way, try saying “assessing Alfredo Aceves,” three times, fast.)