33-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Alfredo Aceves in 2016. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Alfredo Aceves Contract Information:
Signed a minor league contract with the Giants in March 2015.
Aceves signed a minor-league contract with the Giants earlier this week, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Alfredo Aceves.
Aceves had his moments during the 2012 season: some good, some bad and some off-the-rail moments. After being left out of the starting rotation, Aceves opened the year as the team's fill-in closer when Andrew Bailey went down with a thumb injury. It was in the closer's role that he had his good and bad moments, before eventually losing the role to a returning Bailey. It was at that point, the off-the-rail moments occurred. He was suspended for three games after a postgame clubhouse incident. And after his return, on at least one occasion, he was perceived to disrespect former manager Bobby Valentine when the manager came to pull him from the game. So, what are we left with? Aceves is a high-maintenance, rubber-armed pitcher, who can fill several roles on a pitching staff. Unfortunately, he wants to start and can become a pain if he doesn't. Most likely, Aceves will be used as a reliever in multiple roles and situations.
Aceves had a remarkable bounce-back season in 2011, pitching 114 innings in a variety of roles and succeeding in all of them. He showed no sign of the back injury that wiped out much of his 2010 season, nor the offseason clavicle injury that prompted the Yankees to let him walk. With question marks in the starting rotation, the closer role and chief setup guy, new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine won't have the luxury of keeping Aceves in such a versatile role. As important as the flexibility he offered in 2011 was, Aceves may need to fill a specific role this year. He's expressed a preference to start, and the Red Sox's bullpen additions during the winter point to an increased likelihood that he'll get a look in the rotation.
A bothersome back injury essentially wiped out Aceves' 2010 season, limiting him to just 12 innings out of the Yankees' bullpen. As if that wasn't bad enough, the right-hander then fractured his left clavicle in a late November bicycle accident. New York declined to offer him a contract, largely because of his health concerns, but his 69:16 K:BB ratio in the Bronx in 2009 convinced the Red Sox to give him a shot in spring training. There are plenty of medical red flags here, however.
After rocketing through the Yankees’ system in 2008, Aceves spent most of last season in New York, proving to be a valuable swingman who could be called on to face just one batter or go as many as four innings. With a full year of professional ball under his belt, his strikeouts took off, jumping from 4.8 K/9IP in 2008 to 7.4 last year. Although a lingering back injury dented some of his second-half numbers, he should be strong again in 2010 as a long reliever with the ability to make spot starts as needed.
The Yankees received a pleasant surprise by signing Aceves after he completed his sixth season in the Mexican League in 2007. As a 25-year-old, the Yankees started him at High-A Tampa and Aceves cruised through three minor league stops en route to 30 big league innings between the rotation and bullpen in New York. Boasting a four-pitch arsenal that includes a low-90's fastball, cutter, curveball and changeup, Aceves has been praised by scouts for his willingness to throw any pitch in any count. In other circumstances, a chance to compete for a rotation spot would be more likely in spring training, but Aceves will likely be used as a long reliever to begin the season, although he could be considered for a longer look in the rotation if injuries strike again in 2009.