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The Yankees sent hard luck relief pitcher David Robertson back to the minors today and in his place they recalled Alfredo Aceves.

Aceves is a new name to most Yankee fans, but it is one they should get used to hearing. He is a 25-year-old who is playing in his first professional season in America after playing for the past six years professionally in Mexico.

He features a plus fastball which comes in anywhere from 90 MPH to 94 MPH and is said to occasionally touch 95. He has a cutter which he uses occasionally that comes in around 89 MPH and he also throws a curve ball and a change.

After being signed as a free agent Aceves started this season with the single-A Tampa Yankees. He was very impressive there in 47 innings over eight starts going 4-1 with a 2.11 ERA while only allowing 32 hits and eight walks.

He was then promoted to the Trenton Yankees and was equally impressive there. In 50 innings in double-A he had a 2-2 record with a 1.80 ERA while giving up only 37 hits and six walks.

He then had a stop over in Scranton where a groin injury briefly set him back. In 43.2 innings he had a 2-3 record with a 4.12 ERA and he gave up 42 hits and 13 walks. However he has pitched better lately. In his two starts he threw 12 innings and allowed just two runs with an impressive 16 strike outs.

His overall numbers this year look like this: 140.2 innings, 8 wins, 6 loses, 2.62 ERA, 114 strike outs, and a .217 batting average against.

Aceves was able to fly through the Yankees system because he has been playing below his level and probably should have started the season at least in double-A. He is also working harder than he ever has in his life. In Mexico he had a maximum of one bullpen session in between starts and had no strict training program. Since joining the Yankees he has been adherent to strict regiment and has been throwing two bullpens between starts.

It is very good that the Yankees have decided to call him up this season. He might not be quite ready for the major leagues at this point, but this will be a good learning experience for him this September. He will then go into spring training next season and he’ll know what he needs to work on in order to be successful and can start right out of the gate for the Yankees next year.

Aceves will be coming out of the bullpen for the Yankees according to reports, but I would not be surprised to see him replacing Darrell Rasner in the rotation sometime soon. He also could be in plans as part of the team’s rotation into 2009.

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