Alfredo Aceves

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Aceves and the second or maternal family name is Martínez.
Alfredo Aceves
Alfredo Aceves 2009.jpg
Aceves with the New York Yankees
New York Yankees
Pitcher
Born: (1982-12-08) December 8, 1982 (age 31)
San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora, Mexico
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 31, 2008 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record 31–16
Earned run average 3.64
Strikeouts 266
Saves 29
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Alfredo Aceves Martínez (born December 8, 1982) is a Mexican professional baseball pitcher. He uses a fastball, which can reach the mid 90s, a curveball, a changeup, and a cut fastball. He is known for his control and his ability to throw any pitch in any count.[1] He has pitched in MLB for the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Aceves was signed by the Toronto Blue Jays as an amateur free agent in 2001. He made ten starts in the Dominican Summer League that year. However, Aceves felt isolated, and when the Blue Jays assigned him to stay in the DSL for 2002, Aceves stayed in Mexico, and his contract was purchased by the Yucatán Leones of the Mexican League.[2] Aceves pitched for Yucatán and Sultanes de Monterrey for the next six seasons.

New York Yankees[edit]

Yankees scout Lee Sigman followed Aceves in the Mexican League, feeling he could achieve similar success as Teddy Higuera, who Sigman had signed for the Milwaukee Brewers.[2] Feeling that he had developed well in the Mexican League, the Yankees purchased Aceves, along with Manny Banuelos and two other players, for $450,000 during the 2007–08 offseason.[2][3] He began 2008 with the Single-A Advanced Tampa Yankees. He was quickly promoted to the Double-A Trenton Thunder and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. He was named Eastern League pitcher of the week for the week ending May 25, 2008.[4]

After going a combined 8-6 with a 2.62 earned run average (ERA) on the three Yankee farm teams, Aceves was called up to the Yankees on August 28, 2008. On August 31, Aceves made his Yankee and major league debut, pitching two scoreless innings in relief.

After pitching effectively through his first few relief appearances, Aceves was moved to the rotation in replacement of Darrell Rasner.[5] In his first career start, he pitched seven innings of one-run ball with two strikeouts against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, earning the win.

After starting the 2009 season in the minors, Aceves rejoined the Yankees on May 4.[6]

Due to his ability to pitch effectively in any situation, Aceves has drawn comparisons to former Yankee reliever and spot starter Ramiro Mendoza.[7]

Aceves made ten relief appearances in 2010 before succumbing to a strained lower back that ended his season. He suffered a broken collarbone in an off-season bicycle accident.[8] He was non-tendered after the season.[9]

Boston Red Sox[edit]

Aceves pitching for the Red Sox in 2011

Aceves was signed to a major league deal by the Boston Red Sox on February 8, 2011.[10] On April 21, he was optioned to the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox to make room for Matt Albers on the roster.[11] On May 6 he was called back up, and on May 16 he won his first game with the Red Sox. Between then and September 1, Aceves has a 9–1 record out of the bullpen for Boston.

After an injury to Andrew Bailey, Aceves was named the acting closer for the beginning of the 2012 season, but had a slow start, surrendering the game-winning hit on Opening Day and allowing a game-tying home run in the 9th inning of the 3rd game of the season. In late August, once Bailey returned from his injury, he took the closer role back.

After five games in 2013, which included three starts, Aceves was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on April 25 two days after giving away eight runs in 3.1 innings against the Oakland Athletics. Aceves was recalled on May 24 for a one-off start against the Philadelphia Phillies. Despite the win, he was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on May 28. He was recalled again on June 12,[12] and returned to Pawtucket the next day. He was recalled on July 7 when Andrew Miller suffered a year-ending foot injury.[13] He was optioned 3 days later. On July 14, Aceves was outrighted off the 40-man roster after clearing waivers.[14] He elected free agency on October 4.

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

Aceves signed a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles in January 2014. Aceves took a short break from 2014 Spring Training to return to Mexico to obtain a work visa.[15] After learning that he would not make the Orioles roster near the end of Spring Training, Aceves elected to opt out of his contract, making him a free agent.

Second stint with Yankees[edit]

Aceves signed a minor league deal with the Yankees on March 28, 2014.[16] He received a promotion to the major leagues on May 3,[17][18] and was designated for assignment on June 4.[19] On July 3, he was suspended for 50 games for failing a drug test for recreational drugs.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Aceves married his wife Arley in November 2008, after proposing to her during a Trenton Thunder game during the 2008 season.[2][21] His father, Alfredo Aceves Sr., was a first baseman in the Mexican League.[22] His older brother, Jonathan Aceves, was a minor league catcher in the Chicago White Sox organization and for the Saraperos de Saltillo of the Mexican League.[23] Aceves wears #91, a number worn by Dennis Rodman, whom Aceves admires.[2] Aceves' son Apollo was born on August 1, 2013.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kepner, Tyler (June 4, 2008). "Name to Remember in the Yankees’ Farm System: Alfredo Aceves". New York Times Blogs. Retrieved April 23, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Tyler Kepner (July 8, 2009). "Aceves Excels on the Mound With a Quirky Sort of Artistry". New York Times. 
  3. ^ Harper, John (February 24, 2011). "Yankees left-handed pitching prospect Manny Banuelos is turning heads at spring training". New York: Nydailynews.com. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Aceves Named EL Pitcher of the Week". Our Sports Central. 
  5. ^ Peter Abraham (September 5, 2008). "Game 141: Yankees at Mariners". LoHud Yankees Blog (The Journal News). Archived from the original on September 14, 2008. Retrieved September 5, 2008. 
  6. ^ Peter Abraham (May 4, 2009). "Aceves Here for Claggett". LoHud Yankees Blog (The Journal News). Archived from the original on May 7, 2009. Retrieved May 4, 2009. 
  7. ^ Dean Balsamini (July 6, 2009). "Aceves stars in Yankees 10, Blue Jays 8, slugfest". Staten Island Advance. 
  8. ^ The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/01/AR2010120104753.html |url= missing title (help). [dead link]
  9. ^ Yankees cut loose Aceves, Moseley MLB.com
  10. ^ Red Sox sign Aceves to Major League deal MLB.com
  11. ^ Red Sox Activate Matt Albers From 15-Day Disabled List, Option Alfredo Aceves to Pawtucket, NESN, April 21, 2011.
  12. ^ "Red Sox recall Aceves from Triple-A Pawtucket". Associated Press. June 12, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  13. ^ Arritt, Dan (July 7, 2013). "Red Sox place Andrew Miller on DL". ESPN Boston. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  14. ^ Britton, Tim (July 14, 2013). "Red Sox outright Aceves". Providence Journal. 
  15. ^ http://www.csnbaltimore.com/blog/orioles-talk/aceves-leaves-orioles-take-care-visa
  16. ^ http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/03/28/yankees-sign-alfredo-aceves-to-a-minor-league-deal/
  17. ^ http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/yankees-happy-to-have-versatile-alfredo-aceves-back-1.7912913
  18. ^ http://www.nj.com/yankees/index.ssf/2014/05/yankees_sign_alfredo_aceves_option_chris_leroux_to_triple-a_scranton.html
  19. ^ http://riveraveblues.com/2014/06/bullpen-shakeup-yankees-drop-aceves-and-claiborne-add-ramirez-and-leblanc-104432/
  20. ^ "New York Yankees’ Alfredo Aceves Suspended 50 Games for Failed Drug Violation". 
  21. ^ Peter Abraham (December 2, 2008). "Good Times for Alfredo Aceves". LoHud Yankees Blog. The Journal News. Archived from the original on December 6, 2008. Retrieved December 2, 2008. 
  22. ^ "Alfredo Aceves Minor League Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 5, 2009. 
  23. ^ "Jon Aceves Minor League Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 5, 2009. 

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