Staff Ace-ves

I had the opportunity to chat with the man who’s been setting the Eastern League on fire with his arm, Pitcher of the Week Alfredo Aceves.

He has a firm handshake, makes sure he knows your name, and asks you to speak slowly because his English is still coming around.

Here’s our chat…

On how he signed with the Yankees:

“In Mexico, I played with Monterrey.  The Monterrey GM, they have to talk with the people from the teams in the States.  The Yankees, Cleveland and the Blue Jays and like four or five more.  The Yankees had to wait to see what the best post would be, so they take the best.  I had to wait too.  I can’t do anything.”

On why he was in the Mexican League for so long:

“I played with Yucatan first, then they sell me to one team, the Blue Jays.  So I go to the Dominican Republic, but I don’t like it.  I played there in the summer league, it was too hard for us.  The people, the food, and it was too far.  I was too young to be alone for the first time.  I can’t handle it, I can’t.  So the next year, I said I didn’t want to do it anymore.  If they wanted to bring me to the States, I’d go.  But the Dominican, I don’t go.  So I started my career in Mexico.  They sent me to Monterrey, traded me.  I played there one year as a starter, then the next year as a starter.  The next year, I came here.”

On what he throws:

“Fastball, curveball, change and cutter.”

On what he’s working on:

“In the bullpens, we’re working on cutters.”

On if he’s surprised he’s done so well:

“A little bit.  I don’t think too much about it.  I just live day by day, but I keep it in mind, because it’s good.  I came from Tampa, and I threw well there, and then it was two games here that were good.  Just keep calm, keep easy, work hard, keep doing my stuff.”

On what it’s like to go from having nobody know who you are to everybody knowing:

“It’s a good taste in my mouth.”

11 Responses to “Staff Ace-ves”

  1. ebyank Says:

    Your impression was he was over 6″, not 5′ 10″ as MLB says? Also any idea from him if he is throwing better this year then in Mexican League? On his next start can you try and give his gun reading for FB and CB and Cutter in beginning and end of start?

  2. YanksFan Says:

    Wow dude, not to be rude but you are really obsessed with this guys height

  3. thunderbaseball Says:

    He definitely is not under six foot. If you look at the quotes, his English wasn’t particularly great…so I’m not sure what I’ll be able to do in terms of detail.

    He won’t be pitching in Waterfront Park until about 8 or 10 days into June, but when he does, I’ll be sure to get gun readings if I can…

  4. ebyank Says:

    TO YankFan – you can count on a hand RHP under 6′ that are effective pitchers in majors, that is why I ask about height PLUS the MLB site lists him almost 1/2 foot shorter then the EL press release listed him. I hope I explained effectively.

  5. thunderfangabe Says:

    i walked by him yesterday and the dude is big.

  6. thunderbaseball Says:

    Yeah, he’s definitely a big dude. Very friendly.

  7. JT Says:

    Alfredo is a very nice guy. He has some trouble with the language. He also seems very humble about his success so far with Tampa and Trenton.

  8. SonnyMooks Says:


    The guys height and size are important. He is over 6 feet and over 200 pounds, but baseball had him listed at 5’10 and 176 pounds. Now thats strange.

    That said, taller guys are more likely to be starters then shorter guys. Short pitchers profile for the bullpen, taller guys profile for the rotation. He looks like a future starter unless the Yanks change their minds. The height and size also give insight into durability issues.

    That said, I definatly want to see his gun readings, early in the game and later on in the game, he definatly is looking like a real steal right now.

  9. mbn Says:

    A co-worker of mine who spoke with him in Tampa tells me that he is at least 6 feet tall. And from the looks of him, he is a lot closer to 200 pounds than 176 lbs.

  10. DaveM Says:

    I’m 5’10 and 190, and my fastball has been clocked at 60mph. That was a long time ago. It’s probably about 50mph now if anyone is interested. 🙂

    BTW I do have a decent cutter too. Can’t throw a curveball to save my life.


    […] Within a few years, Aceves was spotted by scouts while in the Li­ga Ru­ral de Me­xi­ca­li, Ba­ja Ca­li­for­nia.  He would soon make his professional debut in the Mexican League for the Leones de Yucatan — the same team his father had played for nearly two decades earlier. It wasn’t long until the teenager was drawing interest from major league clubs. In 2001, his rights were sold to the Blue Jays who sent Aceves to the Dominican Summer League. He requested his release when the Blue Jays assigned him there for the following season. It was culture shock for the young pitcher so he returned to Mexico. […]

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