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Albert Abreu pitching in the instructional league (Bryan Green)

Abreu Named AFL Pitcher of the Week

The Arizona Fall League announced on Tuesday that Yankees prospect, right-handed hurler Albert Abreu, has been named the AFL Pitcher of the Week. The 22-year old Abreu is 0-0 with a 0.90 ERA after two starts for Scottsdale.

The highly touted prospect tossed five shutout innings on October 17 against Glendale; he allowed just two hits and fanned eight in the outing. Abreu currently ranks third in the AFL in strikeouts with 15.

Abreu was acquired from the Astros last winter along with Jorge Guzman in a deal that sent catcher Brian McCann to Houston.

In a system packed to the brim with talent, Abreu is ranked seventh overall in the organization according to MLB pipeline. In his first season as a Baby Bomber, the Dominican-native went 2-3 with a 3.38 ERA in 14 games between Low-A Charleston and High-A Tampa; he also started two rehab games for the GCL team.

Abreu missed most of June and July with a right shoulder injury which prompted the Yankees to send the promising pitcher to the AFL to make up for some of the innings that were lost due to the injury.

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