Future Watch: Albert Abreu Rookie Baseball Cards, Yankees – A native of the Dominican Republic, Albert Abreu was signed by the Houston Astros as a international free agent in 2013. At that time, he was throwing around 91 MPH. Since then he can turn up the dial to 99 MPH and that’s why the New York Yankees made sure he was included in the deal that sent catcher Brian McCann to the Astros in 2016. At that time, he was the Astros’ seventh ranked prospect in a deep pool.
Now at 22, this 6′-2″, 175-pound hurler is a tough competitor. The Yankees are grooming him to be a future front line starter. Last year in A ball he starred for the Charleston RiverDogs. In three games he was 1-0, with 22 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings and a 1.84 ERA. His WHIP was a miniscule .818.
This got him promoted to A+ where he threw for the Tampa Yankees. In nine games, he had 31 strikeouts in 34 innings. He had a 1-3 record with a 4.19 ERA. He had met his match as he was climbing up the ladder. That’s a normal occurrence for a lot of pitchers. Maybe he’ll work on his slider over the winter and be back better than ever.
According to his MLB.com Draft Profile:
Though Abreu has the potential to become a frontline starter, he’s a long way from getting there. He has a quick arm and not a lot of effort in his delivery, but he’s still learning to repeat it. Though his control and command need polish, he has the upside to pitch in the front half of a big-league rotation. ETA 2019.
Here’s a look at him when he struck out 11.
The Yankees farm system is deep. Abreu is slowly turning into one of their best pitching prospects. He just needs some more innings under his belt.
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