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7 Yankees Prospects That Could Be Selected in MLB Rule 5 Draft

Abiatal Avelino

Trenton Thunder second baseman Abiatal Avelino throws out Altoona Curve’s Jin-De Jhang during game three of the Eastern League Championship Series in Altoona on September 14, 2017. (Martin Griff)

Abiatal Avelino, 22, played at three different levels in 2017 including stints at High-A Tampa, Double-A Trenton, and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  The versatile infielder played all over the infield with 44 games at second base, 26 at shortstop and 23 at third base.  He has the skillset to become a major league utility infielder and could find himself on the bench of another team in 2018.

Avelino played a total of 98 games in 2017 with 69 of them coming with the Trenton Thunder of the Eastern League.  With Trenton, he hit .270/.315/.396 in 230 at-bats.  He spent 20 games with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders where he hit .213/.284/.262 in 61 at-bats.  He played just nine games with the Tampa Yankees.  He hit .219/.265/.250 in 32 at-bats there.

Avelino is a solid prospect; he finds himself behind many other talented infielders causing him not to play as much as he should have.  He has above-average speed and uses it along with above-average arm strength to be a formable defender on the field.


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