Before you get too excited about Alfredo Aceves, here’s two words for you:
IPK had a 1.89 ERA over 19 innings last September and is now pitching in the International League playoffs. So don’t get too carried away by Aceves having a 1.29 ERA over 14 innings.
That said, Aceves seems to know how to pitch. He locates his fastball, changes speeds from time to time and works at a good tempo. The Mexican League is not quite Triple-A ball but it’s better than Double-A ball and this guy pitched 126 games there. That counts for something.
After we talked to him in the clubhouse, I noticed a group of people wearing homemade No. 91 t-shirts in the lobby. My keen reporting skills led me to ask a few questions and it turns out I was talking to Alfredo’s father and uncle. They were part of a group of 31 people who came from Mexico for the game.
Alfredo Aceves Sr. played first base in the Mexican League and was known as El Paton, or Big Foot. He proudly mentioned that he played with Fernando Valenzuela in 1978.
â€œThis was a great moment for me,â€ he said. â€œI wanted to play in the majors, yes. But to have my son get to the Yankees and do this is great.â€
None of us have any idea whether Aceves will have a good career for the Yankees. But he and his family will always have Sept. 9, 2008.
The people who read and contribute to this blog amaze me. Back on May 23, we had a post that mentioned Aceves using information sent to me from a reader in Mexico named Jorge. I can’t say we were the first blog to mention him, but were among the first.
Over the course of the summer, Jorge wrote me to tell me that Aceves would help the Yankees and I posted what he told me from time to time. Here we are in September and Aceves has beaten the Los Angeles Angels.
So Jorge, thanks for the information. Hopefully you were able to see the game and root for your guy.