After the New York Yankees traded Aroldis Chapman, it created some questions as to where each player would go. The High-A Tampa Yankees have had a relatively packed infield throughout the season.
Former top-prospect Jorge Mateo has been sharing time at second base, which in return has had Abiatal Avelino and Thairo Estrada moving their positions in some games as well. Now with Gleyber Torres coming into the infield-mix, it was sure to open up the possibility for a trade or promotion.
With neither of those, Tampa’s infield was set to be Kevin Cornelius at first, Mateo at second, Thairo Estrada at third, and Torres at short. This would’ve left Abiatal Avelino to share time with Torres or Mateo, which wouldn’t have been good for his growth at all (nor Mateo or Torres).
Instead, it turns out this trade is set to help Avelino as Pinstriped Prospects received confirmation that he was promoted to Double-A Trenton earlier today ahead of Tampa’s trip to Brevard County.
Avelino started his season off a little sluggish, but he has been playing much better in the last couple of months. His average is up to .266 with 34 RBIs, he has been struggling on the bases this season with 20 steals, but 13 times caught.
Avi’s been flashing his glove at short, especially during the two weeks of Mateo’s suspension. The 21-year-old Dominican split time last season between Low-A Charleston and High-A Tampa, and 2016 was his first season starting in Tampa.
Now he’ll be joining Trenton’s infield which happens to be even more jammed until the corresponding move is announced. As of now Trenton’s infield is a collective group of Tyler Wade, Miguel Andujar, Mike Ford, Cito Culver, Billy Fleming, and Dante Bichette. No corresponding move has been announced yet.
The Yankees farm-system continues to play musical chairs, and if there’s more trades on the horizon in the Bronx, it will be like this for the next couple of weeks.