CHARLESTON, SC – The New York Yankees have announced that infielder Abiatal Avelino has been promoted to the High-A Tampa Yankees. Catcher Isaias Tejeda has been added to Charleston’s roster from Extended Spring Training as the counter move..
Avelino, 20, played in 20 games with the RiverDogs, in which he hit .301 (25-for-83) with 16 runs scored, 8 doubles, 4 RBI and swiped 16 stolen bases in 19 tries. His stolen base tally was good enough to be tied for second place in the South Atlantic League alongside Wes Rogers of Asheville. Both players trail RiverDog Jorge Mateo who leads all of baseball with 20 thefts. The Dominican Republic native was signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in 2011 and makes the Tampa roster for the first time in his young career.
Tejeda, 23, was signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in 2009. In 229 career-games, he has compiled a .255 average (209-for-821) with 19 homers and 114 RBI. The Dominican Republic native has played in seven games with the Tampa Yankees this season where he hit .250 (6-for-24) with two walks. Tejeda has spent time with the DSL Yankees 1, GCL Yankees, Staten Island Yankees in his career, but this marks his first trip to Charleston.
COMING UP: The RiverDogs continue their four-game series with the Crawdads tonight at The Joe. Charleston will send LHP Justin Kamplain (1-2, 3.68) to the hill against Hickory’s LHP Brett Martin (1-0, 2.57). You can watch the game on MiLB.tv or listen to the action on “The Big Talker” 1250 WTMA, WTMA.com, and RiverDogs.com.
Saturday’s Prostate Cancer Awareness Night is nicknamed “Night of Man.” If you think you are manly enough, then show us how manly you truly are in order to raise awareness for prostate cancer and kick off our Month of Man. Fun contests will be held throughout the game to showcase some of the manliest men in the Lowcountry. We also celebrate with the town of Mount Pleasant and the members of Fox 24. It’s also National Comic Book Day, so Fox 24 will be giving out free comic books to the first 1,000 fans through the gates. Saturday will be another opportunity for kids to run the bases after the game thanks to CPI Security Systems.