Despite having an appendectomy on February 7th, Yankees no. 7 overall prospect RHP Albert Abreu is ready for 2018.
When Abreu began to feel a sharp pain in his stomach, he didn't know why. Then, before he knew it, he was in a hospital bed, recovering from surgery a fortnight ahead of the Yankees' first spring training game.
"It's different because you think it's something you ate that's giving you the pain," Abreu said, via Brendan Kuty of NJ.com. "If you haven't had the experience of something like that, you really don't know what's going on. Eventually, they tell you it's the appendix."
Abreu, 22, missed much of 2017 with a shoulder injury. Peaking at High Class-A last season, Abreu had a 3.38 ERA over 53 1/3 IP with 61 K. He did participate in the Arizona Fall League, where he posted a 2.6 ERA in 27 2/3 IP with 23 K.
"I feel proud about that because I wasn't expecting to go and then I ended up going and I had good results over there," Abreu said. "It's a league that helps you build your career and gives you experience overall."
The pitcher is more than likely to start in the minors this season, where he'll continue to work on his mechanics.
"It's all about mechanics and commanding your pitches," Abreu said. "That's the focus, to be more repetitive with my mechanics and also control the pitches better."