- Full name Andury Junior Acevedo
- Born 08/23/1990 in Santo Domingo Centro, Dominican Republic
- Profile Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 235 / Bats: R / Throws: R
Organization Prospect Rankings
Acevedo took an unusual route to his first 40-man roster spot, which came from the Cubs when they signed him to a major league contract as a minor league free agent on Nov. 18. Acevedo signed with the Pirates in 2007 as an infielder, never made it to full-season ball with them and was released after the 2010 season. He earned a minor league contract as a pitcher from the Yankees and took off in 2015, starting the year at high Class A Tampa and finishing at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Acevedo has physically matured and has premium arm strength, having touched 98 mph with his fastball and usually sitting in the 95-97 range. He pitches aggressively off his fastball from a low slot and gets swings and misses with it thanks to its sinking life. Acevedo's best secondary pitch is a hard cutter that reaches 92 mph, but at lower velocities, it has a bit more slider shape to it. He rarely throws a changeup. Acevedo's power arm gives the Cubs more bullpen inventory for 2016.