The Athletics announced Monday that right-hander Domingo Acevedo, who’d been designated for assignment Saturday, cleared release waivers and has re-signed a minor league deal to return to the organization.
Acevedo made his big league debut with the A’s earlier this season, allowing three runs in three innings before being designated for assignment. That DFA was largely a numbers game, as Oakland needed to clear space for deadline acquisitions Yan Gomes and Josh Harrison.
Based on Acevedo’s success in an exceptionally hitter-friendly Triple-A Las Vegas setting, it’s no surprise that the A’s wanted to quickly bring him back. In 23 1/3 innings with Vegas this year, the 27-year-old righty pitched to a 3.09 ERA with an enormous 42.6 percent strikeout rate and a 5.3 percent walk rate. Among 147 pitchers who’ve appeared in at least 20 Triple-A games this season, Acevedo ranks second in strikeout rate and 33rd in ERA.
Acevedo spent seven years in the Yankees system but never got a look in the Majors with them. He carries a career 3.02 ERA in eight minor league seasons, including a 4.12 mark in 52 1/3 innings of Triple-A ball. If he continues performing at his previous levels, he ought to get another look in the Majors before too long.