After missing two full seasons with injuries, Yordy Alejo returned to the mound in 2015 and made his US debut, pitching for the Arizona Rookie League A's. Alejo, who signed with the A's before the 2011 season out of Venezuela, threw 17 innings in the AZL last season, striking out 14 and walking just two. That earned him a shot at a non-complex league in 2016.
Alejo has taken full advantage of his opportunity with short-season Vermont, posting a 1.17 ERA in 15.1 innings for the Lake Monsters thus far. Alejo is a perfect three-for-three in save opportunities and he has a 14:7 K:BB. Opposing batters have hit just .182 against him. Alejo has yet to allow a homerun since coming Stateside last season.
Donald Moore spoke with the 22-year-old reliever during a recent Vermont roadtrip to upstate New York. (Special thanks to Miguel Mercedes, who served as a translator for the interview.)
Donald Moore: Hi Yordy, how is everything going for you so far this season?
Yordy Alejo: I want to say thanks to God because everything is going good with me and I want to help the team.
DM: What are your goals for this year?
YA: To go out and have a good year and go up another level quickly.
DM: What do you feel is your greatest strength as a ball player?
YA: My fastball is my greatest strength.
DM: What do you like best about being professional baseball player?
YA: [Being a baseball player] helps me to be a better person, not only here, but at home, as well.
DM: Any hobbies?
DM: Favorite baseball team growing up?
DM: Where are you originally from?
YA: I am from Venezuela. I live in Puerto Cabello.
DM: Craziest thing you ever saw on a baseball diamond?
YA: Too many things.
DM: Thank you so much for your time and the best of luck to you and your career.
YA: Thank you.