With the addition of Andury Acevedo, the Cubs’ 40-man roster officially stands at 31 players.
Andury Acevedo is a converted position player, making the move to the mound in 2012. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound right hander has spent time in the Pirates and Yankees organizations. Acevedo turned 25 in August.
Based on the numbers, Acevedo started putting it together on the mound last season. Over three levels in the Yankees system, Acevedo was 3-4 in 41 relief appearances with a 2.59 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. Acevedo allowed 22 runs, 17 earned, on 53 hits with 21 walks and 49 strikeouts in 59 innings.
Aaron Fitt discussed Acevedo in a chat in 2014 and said he has “a huge arm, with a 93-96 mph fastball and a power slider in the high-80s.” According to Baseball Prospectus, Acevedo’s fastball sits in the 95-97 range and peaks at 99 mph.
Andury Acevedo has a thick lower half and throws from a 3/4th arm slot. He has plus arm speed, fast twitch arm and inconsistent mechanics. His arm slot varies. Acevedo is a max effort guy with a violent delivery. Acevedo has struggled with his command due to the issues with his mechanics and repeating his delivery.
Andury Acevedo has not played in the majors and it doesn’t appear Acevedo has spent a single day on a 40-man roster. If the research is correct, Acevedo would have three minor league options. Acevedo signed a free agent contract with the Yankees in 2012 after spending four years in the Pirates system as a position player (shortstop, second base, third base, first base, right field).