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Junior Valera was one of the most consistent hitters all season (Robert M Pimpsner)

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2015 Staten Island Yankees Players of the Year

For the first time since 2011 the Staten Island Yankees made the New York-Penn League playoffs, making their seventh trip to the finals but fell to the West Virginia Black Bears to end their bid for the championship.  The team featured many talented players, some who will no doubt move on to the major leagues eventually.

We move into the Class-A leagues after taking look at the Players of the Year for the Dominican Summer League Yankees, the Gulf Coast Yankees and the Pulaski Yankees.

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Let us take a look a look at some prospects who had an incredible year with the Staten Island Yankees in 2015.  This is based on their season statistics and is not based on their scouting report.

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OF – Junior Valera

Junior Valera was the most consistent hitters during the 2015 season for the Staten Island Yankees.  The 23-year old was converted to an outfielder after spending most of his time at second base and did well.  In his 51 games this season he led the team with a .305 batting average and even earned a spot in the New York-Penn League All-Star game.  He was second behind Jhalan Jackson for the team lead in RBIs.

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OF – Jhalan Jackson

Jhalan Jackson impressed many with his raw power and even with battling several injuries this season he still lead the Staten Island Yankees with 34 RBIs.  When he was in right-field runners would think twice on running with his arm and range.  He plays the game hard and was tied for the team lead in homeruns with Zack Zehner and Trey Amburgey.

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RHP – Domingo Acevedo

There is no doubt that Domingo Acevedo was the pitcher of the year for the Staten Island Yankees.  With a powerful high-90s fastball that has touched as high as 103 miles per hour and a major league changeup he was flat out dominate.  He struck out 53 batters over 48 innings over his 11 starts including 10 on August 22 against the Lowell Spinners.

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RHP – Luis Cedeno

Luis Cedeno was the most consistent starters for the Staten Island Yankees in 2015.  With a rotation that featured Acevedo, James Kaprielian, Jeff Degano, and Kolton Mahoney it was easy to overlook his performance.  In 13 games he pitched to a 5-3 record and a 2.73 ERA, striking out 51 batters over 66 innings.

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