It was not supposed to take this long for Domingo Acevedo to reach the majors. He was once one of the New York Yankees’ top prospects, a flamethrower with solid control who had the potential to be a top of the rotation arm. However, injuries derailed his career, leaving the A’s to sign the former prospect as a minor league free agent.
After eight years in the minors and numerous injuries, Acevedo may finally get his chance. The A’s are bringing him to the majors to help fill the void in their bullpen.
Domingo Acevedo gets his chance with Oakland A’s
Technically, this is not the first time that Acevedo has been in the majors. He had gotten a brief callup with New York, but never appeared in a major league game. Should he find his way to the mound with the A’s, he will make his major league debut.
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Acevedo certainly deserves this opportunity. He has been excellent in Triple-A this season, posting a 2.76 ERA and a 0.796 WHiP in his 16.1 innings, striking out 27 batters with just three walks. Acevedo had emerged as the closer in Las Vegas, a role that he will not be asked to fill as he acclimates to the majors.
The middle of the A’s bullpen is certainly a concern. The trio of Sergio Romo, Burch Smith, and Jesus Luzardo have struggled, with Luzardo being unusable at this juncture. As it currently stands, the middle of the A’s bullpen is likely to receive attention come the trade deadline as they look to add some solid arms.
Acevedo could change that. If he can remain healthy and have his results from Triple-A translate to the majors, he could become one of the pieces that the A’s need. He may even be able to work his way into more high leverage roles, something that he thrived in during his time in Las Vegas.
Domingo Acevedo is heading to the majors with the Oakland A’s. Maybe this time, he will be there to stay.