I didn't say he can throw 95, I did say it has the ride on it like a 95 mph'er would have. I don't know what he tops out at, but he's consistantly in the low 90's. Didn't mention this too, which is huge in these small ballparks these days, he seems to always keep the ball down...when he's missing, it's not high and able to be driven out of the park easily. And like someone else was saying, he really had Giles struck out last night on an inside fastball at 0-2. He came back with the same pitch, left it maybe 2 more inches inside, and Giles turned on it. Didn't let it get to him though, only walked one batter and allowed no hits after that.
Coming from a regular fantasy guy's perspective who owned Acevedo last year for his 3 starts and watched him slip in the dugout on ESPN2 last year, then watched him all through spring and into this season...he has a solid fastball in the low 90's with some movement, not flat at least and when he throws it at the numbers it tends to ride up like a 95 mph fastballer throws as a good strikeout pitch. A great slider with late movement that breaks low and away from righties that busts lefties in, seems to go to this alot with 0-2 and 1-2 counts as his main K pitch. I think he might have some type of splitter/sinker that he throws as well, I've seen him throw something that dips in the dirt to lefties, but not too sure on that. As for his change, I disagree with the prospectus cause of what I heard last night...the TBS crew mentioned he needed to work on his changeup cause it was being thrown too fast...his fastball was at 91-92 and the change was at 85-86...that needs to slow down about 4-5mph to be more effective. I was worried about him against the Braves last night, but he proved he isn't just a flash in the pan, and that his stuff as long as the Reds offense stays relatively healthy, should notch him alot of wins, a low WHIP and a great ERA. I would consider him at the moment to be around a top 20 pitcher in the league...of course I fear that as he is young and not totally proven, but until someone proves they can hit him or he loses the strike zone...I'd start him every week unless at Coors of course.
I'm just another guy, been playing fantasy baseball for about 5 years, I'm pretty die hard though, take it for what it's worth. Just my opinion.