Abreu (1-1) was charged with the loss Friday against the Athletics, allowing one run on one hit while striking out one across 2.1 innings.
The righty sat down the first six men he faced in relief of Lance McCullers before allowing a single in the top of the eighth. Abreu was pulled by manager Dusty Baker after striking out the next batter. The baserunner he allowed would come around to score on a Matt Olson home run, sticking Abreu with the loss. Nevertheless, it has been a strong start to the season for the 25-year-old, who has only surrendered one run across 6.2 innings pitched.
Abreu (1-0) allowed one hit and one walk while striking out one over 2.1 scoreless innings to earn the win over Oakland on Friday.
Abreu entered for starter Cristian Javier, who labored through 38 pitches in the fourth inning and left with two runners on. Abreu retired Elvis Andrus on a groundout then navigated two uneventful innings. Abreu was stretched out during spring training for scenarios like this. Javier missed time this spring due to quarantining and was not built up as a six- or seven-inning starter.
Abreu allowed two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out three over three innings in Saturday's spring game against the Mets.
Abreu, who was informed that he made the Opening Day roster prior to starting Saturday's game, could see meaningful usage as a stretched-out, multi-inning reliever during the first few weeks of the regular season. The Astros have two rotation slots not yet stretched out. Cristian Javier, who's scheduled to throw the second game of the regular season, has thrown just 3.1 spring innings. The No. 5 slot will eventually go to Jake Odorizzi, but he needs to build up innings and pitch count before entering the rotation. That means Abreu, Brandon Bielak and Luis Garcia, each stretched out for multiple innings, could see significant usage, and possibly a start, early on.
Abreu was informed Saturday that he'll make the Astros' Opening Day roster as a reliever, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Abreu was ramping up his innings during Grapefruit League games but will begin the 2021 season in the major-league bullpen rather than joining Triple-A Sugar Land's rotation. The right-hander has made three appearances (two starts) this spring and posted a 3.68 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in 7.1 innings. Abreu should serve as a middle reliever for Houston early in the year.
Abreu struck out four over three perfect innings in Monday's spring game against the Mets.
Abreu is ramping up his innings in case he's needed in Houston, but he's expected to start the season as part of Triple-A Sugar Land's rotation, per Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. He could, however, be part of the Astros' bullpen with reliever Andre Scrubb suffering from a sore right shoulder.
Abreu walked two batters and struck out one in a scoreless inning during a "B" game against the Nationals on Saturday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Abreu, who made his first appearance since clearing health and safety protocols, walked the first two batters he faced before getting a strikeout and inducing a double-play grounder. Both he and Luis Garcia pitched in the game, and each may be needed early in the season as Houston's starting depth suddenly became an issue over the last week. Abreu, whose previous appearance was Feb. 28, will need time to be ready as a starter for the first week of the regular season.
Abreu will pitch in a "B" game Saturday against the Nationals, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Abreu will be making his first appearance since finishing his quarantine. He has not thrown in a game situation since going two innings against the Marlins on Feb. 28. The state of Houston's starting rotation is getting dicey already at the mid-point of March. There's still an ongoing evaluation of Framber Valdez (finger), Jake Odorizzi is unlikely to build up his pitch count in time for Opening Day and several depth starting candidates, including Abreu, lost time due to being in quarantine.
Abreu has returned to the team after quarantining in accordance with MLB's health and safety protocols, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Abreu had been away from the team for around a week, but he should be set to resume throwing. He drew strong reviews for his conditioning earlier in camp and could make the Opening Day roster as a reliever.
Abreu will be away from camp for "several days" due to health and safety protocols, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Abreu entered spring training in better shape than he was last season and made his spring debut in Sunday's loss to the Marlins. He allowed two runs (one earned) on one hit and one walk while failing to strike out any batters across two relief appearances. It's not yet clear when the right-hander will be able to return to the team.
Abreu shed weight during the offseason, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Abreu's star was on the rise in 2019 when the young right-hander was part of the Astros' postseason roster, but 2020 sapped the momentum. He showed up noticeably overweight following the coronavirus shutdown and threw just 3.1 innings before being jettisoned to the alternate camp. The Astros could use starting depth and are looking for the 23-year-old Dominican to rebound in 2021.
Abreu was optioned to the Astros' alternate training site Thursday, Julia Morales of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.
Abreu was part of Houston's Opening Day roster and worked mainly as a middle reliever, but he'll find himself off the major-league roster as the active roster shrinks to 28 players. In four relief appearances this year, the right-hander allowed two runs (one earned) on one hit and seven walks while striking out three over 3.1 innings. He'll remain on the taxi squad for the team's current series but will work on his control at the alternate training site going forward.
Abreu is considered a lock to make the Astros' Opening Day roster, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
As Kaplan notes, Abreu will likely make the team as a multi-inning reliever. He could also serve as rotation depth, but he had a 14.2 percent walk rate in 76.2 innings at Triple-A last year, so he probably lacks the command and control to be efficient in that role. As a reliever, however, Abreu can be borderline unhittable thanks to a 70-grade breaking ball -- some evaluators think he has two distinct mid-80s breaking balls. He struggles to command his low-to-mid-90s fastball, but few young pitchers are as adept at spinning a breaking ball as Abreu, which gives him a realistic floor as a high-leverage weapon.
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.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/05||@ NYY||L 3-6||1.0||1||0||1||1|
|05/04||@ NYY||L 3-7||0.1||2||1||1||1|
|05/02||@ TB||L 4-5||1.0||1||0||0||3|
|04/29||vs SEA||L 0-1||2.0||1||0||1||2|
|04/26||vs SEA||W 5-2||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|04/22||vs LAA||W 8-2||1.1||2||2||1||2|
|04/20||@ COL||L 2-6||0.1||1||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2014||R-Dsl Astros Orange||22.0||16||0||0||0||2||2||23||20||19||6.54||1.773|
|2015||R-Dsl Astros Orange||51.2||14||10||0||2||2||0||48||36||34||3.87||1.367|
|2018||AFX-Quad Cities River Ba||38.1||10||5||0||4||1||3||68||17||22||1.65||1.024|
|2019||AAX-Corpus Christi Hooks||76.2||20||13||0||6||2||2||101||48||60||5.08||1.417|