Albert Abreu
23-Year-Old PitcherRP
New York Yankees A+
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Every year a few players see their stock skyrocket after the Arizona Fall League, and Abreu is the top example from 2017. His 70-grade fastball can touch triple digits, but he can park it at a free and easy 95-96 mph. Abreu also features a potentially 70-grade changeup and potentially plus curveball. The two potential impediments for him becoming a frontline starter are his shaky command/control and unproven durability. He has a 4.2 BB/9 for his career, and while he has made gradual improvements in that department over the past calendar year, it's hard to confidently project him to ever have better than fringe-average command. Abreu logged a career-high 101.2 innings in 2016, but had two arm-related DL stints in 2017 that limited him to just 53.1 innings. While those injuries would typically be quite troubling, his AFL success has helped erase concerns about the health of his arm. He has the impact potential dynasty-league owners crave in pitching prospects, and could be a big-league rotation option in 2019. Read Past Outlooks
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Nearing sim games
PNew York Yankees  A+
Abdomen
April 19, 2018
Abreu (appendix) is expected to pitch in simulated games soon, Dan Martin of the New York Post reports.
ANALYSIS
The 22-year-old has been sidelined since undergoing an appendectomy in February. Abreu will likely need a few rehab starts to build back up to a starter's workload, so it seems like he's still a few weeks away from a full return to action.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Abreu came over from Houston as part of the trade for Brian McCann. He has four pitches but struggles to locate them. His fastball can overwhelm opposing batters, but he needs to show much more consistency with his curveball, slider and changeup. The 21-year-old righty out of the Dominican Republic had a 3.72 ERA and 115:58 K:BB in 101.2 innings between Low-A and High-A in 2016, getting by on raw stuff alone -- needs to work on pitchability. While the strikeout stuff is there, Abreu's success or lack thereof at the higher levels will depend on whether he's able to clean up his delivery and refine his offspeed pitches. He could still end up as a power reliever, but the Yankees will likely start him at High-A as a starter to begin the 2017 campaign.
Abreu, a 20-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic, pitched 13 games (seven starts) for the Greeneville Astros of the Appalachian League last season. He helped Greeneville win the league title while the team set new pitching records for team ERA (3.18) and opponent's batting average (.238). There's one red flag with Abreu, however; his spotty control (3.9 BB/9), which will need improvement as he ascends the Astros minor league system. He will open 2016 with the short-season Tri-City ValleyCats, but could conceivably reach as far as High-A before the end of the year.
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On DL at High-A
PNew York Yankees  A+
Abdomen
April 5, 2018
Abreu (appendix) will open the season on the disabled list at High-A Tampa, MLB.com's Jim Callis reports.
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Undergoes appendix surgery
PNew York Yankees  A+
Abdomen
February 8, 2018
Abreu underwent surgery on his appendix Wednesday, which will likely keep him sidelined for the next few weeks, Brendan Kuty of NJ.com reports.
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Joins 40-man roster
PNew York Yankees  A+
November 20, 2017
Abreu was added to the 40-man roster Monday.
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To return Sunday
PNew York Yankees  A+
Shoulder
August 19, 2017
Abreu (shoulder) will return from his rehab assignment and start Sunday's game for High-A Tampa, Nick Flammia, the play-by-play announcer for the Tampa Yankees, reports.
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Remains sidelined with shoulder injury
PNew York Yankees  A+
Shoulder
July 17, 2017
Abreu, who has been out since June 6, is dealing with a muscle issue in his right shoulder, Mark Sanchez of the New York Post reports.
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