Date of Birth: 08/23/1990
Height: 6' 4" Weight: 235 lbs
Andury Acevedo is a former infielder who spent the first four years of his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization from 2007-2010. He would sign with the New York Yankees and convert to a pitcher in 2012. It is from there is career took off as he climbed the Yankees system, reaching AAA. He then would spend parts of two seasons with the Chicago Cubs, earning a spot on the 40-man roster, and a part of a season with the Arizona Diamondbacks before moving to independent baseball this off season.
In his first season on the mound in 2012, Acevedo worked in 4.2 innings of relief at rookie level Gulf Coast for the Yankees, giving up 10 earned runs but striking out five to go along with five walks. In 2013 he would pitch in 17 games in relief for the Staten Island Yankees in the New York-Penn League, striking out 21 in 20 innings. He would return to Staten Island in 2014 and pitch in 23 games all in relief with a save, posting a 3.90 ERA in 27.2 inning with 39 strike outs. Acevedo would see action in nine games at low A Charleston in the South Atlantic League, tossing 12.1 innings in relief with 12 strike outs and a 4.38 ERA.
Acevedo started 2015 at high A Tampa in the Florida State League and would earn a move up the ladder to AA on April 16, 2015, but he moved back down to high A on May 9th. That move would give him time to earn a spot on the Florida State League All-Star Team before a return to AA in the Eastern League at Trenton on June 16. In August, Acevedo was promoted to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. At Tampa he put up an impressive 1.40 ERA in 12 relief appearances over 19.1 innings with one save. He punched out 20 and gave up just one walk and was 1-0 for the Yankees. At AA Trenton in 18 games covering 28 relief innings, the right hander struck out 18, going 1-2 with a save and a 3.54 ERA. Acevedo closed out the season in the International League with a 1-2 record at AAA in 11.2 innings of relief over 10 games with a 2.31 ERA and 11 strikeouts.
Following the season, he elected free agency and would sign with the Chicago Cubs organization. In 2016 Acevedo signed a major league contract with the Chicago Cubs during the “hot stove” winter and earned a spot on the 40-man roster. He was limited to just five innings and six relief appearances with Tennessee in the Cubs Southern League AA club, but he missed most of the year because of a torn left ACL that he hurt in May. He would go on to miss the rest of the season and be outrighted off the 40-man roster to AAA Iowa in the off season.
In 2017 the Cubs re-signed Acevedo to a minor league contract, and he would begin the season on the DL for the AA Tennessee club and stay behind in extended spring to work his way back from the previous season’s injury. He would return to the active roster on April 24 and work 15 scoreless innings of relief over 12 games with three saves and a 1-0 record to earn a move up the ladder to AAA Iowa on the 5th of June. At AAA, Acevedo made eight relief appearances, giving up five earned runs in 12 innings with seven strike outs and putting up a 2-0 record with a 3.75 ERA. The Cubs released Acevedo on July 9, but he was signed a month later on August 9 by Arizona and assigned to AA Jackson in the Southern League. Acevedo went 1-0 with a 4.32 ERA in nine relief outing over 8.1 innings with one save. He would earn another promotion to AAA Reno in the Pacific Coast League, working in only one game late in the season. Acevedo was a non-drafted free agent out of Santa Domingo in the Dominican Republic.