Aceves Replaces Rasner in Rotation September 14, 2008Posted by Pablo Zevallos in Al Aceves, Darell Rasner.
Against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Tuesday, Al Aceves made his debut as a starter. He continued his dominance since being promoted, pitching 7 innings, allowing five hits, no walks, and one earned run while striking out two. He also posted a 11:8 GB:FB ratio. I could nitpick on the strikeouts, but it’s his starting debut in his hometown and it’s a limited sample size. You’ll hear me gripe by the time of the third start if that continues.
Aceves flashed a 89-92 fastball, a big curve that could get loopy at about 73-75, and a changeup at 79-80. It seems like he throws a little cutter at 86 as well. His stuff is somewhat similar to Darrell Rasner’s, the man he replaced, but he has a better fastball and has a clue about the importance of command. There’s not much in the way of projectability or upside, and he did struggle to adjust from AA (where he played and of which the Mexican League, where’s played for the past couple of seasons, is the rough equivalent) to AAA. I see him as a fringe 4th/good 5th starter, but not a particular keeper but any means.
After a nice start to the season, Darrell Rasner has been terrible. He has posted a 6.07 ERA, 1.67 K:BB rate, and a ghastly 1.67 WHIP since June. This move was long overdue.