The cuts from Yankees camp continue, as right-handed pitchers Domingo Acevedo and Brian Keller will now take their talents to minor league camp. Acevedo, a 40-man roster player, was optioned to Double-A Trenton while Keller, a non-roster invitee, was simply re-assigned.
Acevedo came into camp ranked as the team’s No. 9 prospect coming off a year that saw him make two starts with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He made 23 starts overall between Class-A Advanced, Double-A and Triple-A with a 3.25 ERA and a 9.6 K/9 rate. His fastball has been clocked as high as 103 mph, and also features an “average” mid-80s slider and “plus changeup”. He did not appear in a Grapefruit League game because the team told him to delay his throwing program to help him recover “from the biggest workload of his career and shoulder trouble,” per NJ.com’s Brendan Kuty. Acevedo did not pitch after Aug. 21 last season after being shut down with shoulder soreness.
Keller was a late addition to the list of non-roster invitee players in Yankees’ camp. MLB Pipeline did not rank him amongst the team’s Top 30 Prospects. He worked as a starter between the Class-A Charleston RiverDogs and Class-A Advanced Tampa Yankees last season. Between the two levels, he pitched to an 11-8 record and 3.13 ERA in 24 total starts. He made one appearance in big league Spring Training, pitching two scoreless innings and recording two strikeouts Feb. 26 against the Phillies. Roster Resource projects him to begin the season with Class-A Advanced Tampa.