Abreu emerged as a legitimate candidate for the starting rotation as spring training progressed, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
When training camp kicked off, the Astros were considering three pitchers for their final rotation spot -- Austin Pruitt, Josh James and Framber Valdez -- but now Abreu enters the mix, particularly with the uncertainty created by Justin Verlander's groin procedure that will sideline him for six weeks. The right-handed Abreu made one flawless spring start and three multi-inning appearances as a reliever, allowing three hits and four walks over eight scoreless innings.
Abreu retired all six batters faced, striking out four, in Monday's spring game against the Tigers.
Abreu made an impressive splash in his Grapefruit League debut, pounding the strike zone with 21 of his 30 pitches landing for strikes. He's a starter, but the 22-year-old right-hander could open the season as part of the Astros' bullpen. Monday's outing signals relief could be his role for the organization in 2020. In a small MLB sample size in 2019, Abreu fanned 13 batters in 8.2 innings and was added to the ALCS roster.
Astros pitching coach Brent Strom said Tuesday that he is "really high" on Abreu as a prospect, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
When asked who among the team's prospects could be a sleeper, Strom named Abreu. Strom did not include Abreu among the "realistic" candidates for the No. 5 rotation spot out of camp, but he said he thinks Abreu "can be an exceptional major-league starting pitcher" down the line. Abreu debuted last season at the age of 22 and averaged 95.1 mph on his fastball, with a 19.2 percent swinging-strike rate in his small sample (8.2 innings).
Abreu is not on the Astros' World Series roster, Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports.
Abreu has appeared just once in the postseason, allowing two runs while recording just two outs. Chris Devenski will take his place on the roster.
Abreu is on the roster for the ALCS, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
The 22-year-old was effective in limited work during the regular season, allowing just one earned run in 8.2 innings pitched. Abreu will get a chance to contribute in the postseason against the Yankees as the Astros elect to go with a pitching staff comprised entirely of right-handers for the ALCS.
Abreu is not on the roster for the ALDS.
Abreu gave a glimpse of his big-league potential in limited action this season, striking out 13 batters and allowing just one run in 8.2 innings of work. His lack of experience leaves him on the outside looking in for now, but he's a candidate for later rounds of the playoffs should the Astros advance, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Abreu was recalled by the Astros on Saturday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
The Houston bullpen has been taxed this week -- the relief corps has thrown 18 innings the past two days, to be exact -- and Abreu will be up to provide a fresh arm for manager AJ Hinch. Abreu worked mostly as a starter between High-A and Double-A this season, posting a 4.83 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 23 minor-league appearances (16 starts).
Abreu was optioned to Double-A Corpus Christi on Thursday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Abreu returns to the minors just one day after tossing a scoreless inning in his major-league debut Wednesday. The 22-year-old carries an ERA of 4.86 with a 92:38 K:BB in stops between High-A and Double-A this season. Zack Greinke, Aaron Sanchez and Joe Biagini were added to the major-league roster in a corresponding move.
Abreu was promoted to the majors prior to Wednesday's game against the Indians, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Abreu has been primarily developed as a starting pitcher, but he is probably a better fit in the bullpen long term, given his shaky command. He should be able to sit in the mid-90s with his fastball in short stints and also owns a hammer curveball that could be a strikeout pitch at the highest level. Abreu posted a 4.86 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 92:38 K:BB in 70.1 innings across stops at High-A and Double-A. He takes the place of Ryan Pressly (knee), who was placed on the 10-day injured list.
Abreu has been promoted from High-A Fayetteville to Double-A Corpus Christi, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Abreu put up solid numbers for Fayetteville, posting 25 strikeouts in 14.2 innings. The 22-year-old will likely spend the majority of the summer in Double-A.
The Astros optioned Abreu to their minor-league camp Saturday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Houston added Abreu to its 40-man roster over the winter, but that was merely to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. The promising pitcher has yet to pitch above the Low-A level and is likely a couple years away from contributing for the big club.
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