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.