Small, not physically developed; needs to add strength but doesn't have a ton of room for growth.
Tampa Yankees (High A, Yankees)
40, utility/bench player
Neutral hitting stance, above-average bat speed; can get rotational and struggles with plate coverage, can get pull happy; short swing leads to high contact rates; patient approach, will work deep counts; struggles identifying breaking balls.
Little to no present power; makes no attempt to drive the ball; line drive/ground ball approach limits home run opportunities; gap power at best.
4.25 home to first from right side; quick twitch athlete; gets to top speed quickly.
Plus hands, above-average range with smooth movements laterally; can get tentative on routine plays, sits back too often; much more fluid on plays where he has to move.
Above-average arm, can handle left side; not a plus arm but good enough to stick at shortstop; would be a plus arm at second base.
Because of his ability to handle shortstop and his ability to handle High-A pitching respectably at age 20, Avelino is an interesting prospect. His ceiling isn't terribly high, however, thanks to a lack of power that will ever keep him from being an impact bat.
He controls the barrel well and has a chance to be an average big league hitter with average plate discipline, but if he's in the lineup regularly his team will want it to be near the bottom. His glove and athleticism will carry him, though he's not enough of a premium defender to get away with being a glove-only player. He'll have to hit a little bit too.
It's likely a utility profile for Avelino, but his arm strength will allow him to play on the left-side of the infield which will give him enough value to justify a roster spot.