4. Domingo Acevedo
When you look at the free agency decisions facing Brian Cashman this winter it’s obvious the bullpen may undergo a massive makeover. Both David Robertson and Zach Britton will hit the open market. If one or both leave town, it could open the door for a young arm to take their spot.
Acevedo remains the organization’s fifth-ranked prospect despite really struggling with injuries in 2018. He will absolutely need to prove his health in Spring Training if he wants any shot at opening the season in the majors. It’s much more likely he’ll start the campaign somewhere in the minors.
He’s another player whose stock could rise quickly if things click. Six-foot-seven pitchers who can run fastballs to the plate at over 100 mph don’t grow on trees. Acevedo profiles nicely as a guy who can be a sixth or seventh inning option for Aaron Boone in the near future.
In all honesty, 2019 may be a make or break year for Acevedo. He either needs to build some momentum within the organization or he could be dangled in a trade for a more established commodity. He’s got all the talent you want in a young, high-impact reliever, but he needs to turn it into production soon.