22-Year-Old Pitcher – New York Yankees
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Every year a few players see their stock skyrocket after the Arizona Fall League, and Abreu is the top example from 2017. His 70-grade fastball can touch triple digits, but he can park it at a free an...
Abreu was added to the 40-man roster Monday.
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New York Yankees Roster
MajorsAndujar, Miguel (3B)
AAAAcevedo, Domingo (P)
AAAvelino, Abiatal (SS)
A+Abreu, Albert (P)
ACastillo, Diego (SS)
RookieAmundaray, Jonathan (OF)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Abreu came over from Houston as part of the trade for Brian McCann. He has four pitches but struggles to locate them. His fastball can overwhelm opposing batters, but he needs to show much more consistency with his curveball, slider and changeup. The 21-year-old righty out of the Dominican Republic had a 3.72 ERA and 115:58 K:BB in 101.2 innings between Low-A and High-A in 2016, getting by on raw stuff alone -- needs to work on pitchability. While the strikeout stuff is there, Abreu's success or lack thereof at the higher levels will depend on whether he's able to clean up his delivery and refine his offspeed pitches. He could still end up as a power reliever, but the Yankees will likely start him at High-A as a starter to begin the 2017 campaign.
Abreu, a 20-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic, pitched 13 games (seven starts) for the Greeneville Astros of the Appalachian League last season. He helped Greeneville win the league title while the team set new pitching records for team ERA (3.18) and opponent's batting average (.238). There's one red flag with Abreu, however; his spotty control (3.9 BB/9), which will need improvement as he ascends the Astros minor league system. He will open 2016 with the short-season Tri-City ValleyCats, but could conceivably reach as far as High-A before the end of the year.