Abreu, you might remember, was a longtime Yankees prospect: he was with the organization since 2017 until this offseason, when he was traded to the Texas Rangers for catcher Jose Trevino.
The Yankees have not only received All-Star play from Trevino, both offensively and defensively, but they also got Abreu back.
Abreu couldn’t stick on the Rangers’ roster, and the Kansas City Royals also deemed him expendable.
It’s clear he has some issues with his control, but the Yankees are giving him one more chance to fix them.
The pitcher feels a strong bond with the Yankees and their fans, and he reflected it in his latest tweet.
“I felt so much love and respect from the fans in the stands yesterday night. This is a 100% of what dreams are made of. I’m right here. I’m back where I belong. Let’s make this happen one more time,” he wrote.
I felt so much love and respect from the fans in the stands yesterday night. This is a 100% of what dreams are made of.
— Albert abreu (@a_abreu36) June 24, 2022
A Heartfelt Message For Fans
It was a heartfelt message from someone who clearly loves where he is.
Abreu pitched a scoreless inning in Thursday’s thrilling affair against the Houston Astros, with no strikeouts and a walk.
That’s precisely the aspect of his game he will need to improve if he wants to stick around in the Bronx: walks.
This season, he has surrendered 17 walks in just 14 innings.
That’s way too much: his 3.21 ERA is, as a result, unsustainable.
But he has also shown an ability to strike people out in the past.
Just last year, with the Yankees, he fanned 35 hitters in 36.2 frames.
As long as he can get his walks under control, he will likely have a role.