The centerpiece in the deal that sent Brian McCann to the Astros. Abreu does a lot of stuff well on the mound. Unfortunately, and appendectomy has kept him out of spring training this year.
Weight: 175 pounds
Acquired: Acquired along with Jorge Guzman in a Nov. 17, 2016, trade that sent Brian McCann to the Houston Astros.
Held to only 53.1 innings across GCL, Charleston and Tampa because of injuries. He went 1-3 with a 4.19 ERA at Tampa, walking 15 and striking out 31. He did get some more work in during the Arizona Fall League, pitching to a 2.60 ERA across six starts. In 27.2 innings, he allowed 21 hits, 14 walks and 23 strikeouts.
This is something a little bit different than what’s been done with this list. Below, Donnie Collins and I discuss why Abreu comes in at No. 6, what we like about him and what might need some work.
CF: Albert Abreu comes in at No. 6. Seems like he was a really good get in the Brian McCann trade. Does a lot of good things on the mound. Trick is to keep him healthy.
DC: He is like just about every other Yankees pitching prospect. Right-handed. Hard throwing. Developing breaking balls. Has a chance. But mechanically, he has a funkier delivery and he’s a smaller guy. That’s not always the best combination.
CF: Just landed in Charlotte and just saw the Giancarlo homer and Gary block in the dirt/caught stealing. Not sure which was more impressive. I don’t mind Abreu’s mechanics. They’re a little weird — he really whips his arm around — but he seems pretty consistent with them and he’s getting results. I’m more worried about his health guy just seems snakebit.
DC: It’s not the smoothest delivery, and the arm action is really different. It’s quick. It’s just a matter of developing those offspeed pitches for him.
CF: On paper — and in the limited video I’ve seen — the stuff looks really good. MLB.com has his fastball at 93-98 mph. They also give him two other above average pitches in the curveball and changeup. I wonder what kind of numbers we’d see if he was able to put together a full season. It is pretty impressive that he’ll probably knocking on the Double-A door at some point this year, and won’t turn 23 until late September.
The Top 15
15: Ben Heller
14: Jonathan Loaisiga
13: Dillon Tate
12: Domingo Acevedo
11: Thairo Estrada
10: Chance Adams
9: Billy McKinney
8: Domingo German
7: Freicer Perez
6: Albert Abreu
3: March 30
2: March 31
1: April 1
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