Chicago Cubs: Iowa – Abiatal Avelino, SS/3B
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Abiatal Avelino flew under the radar this past offseason after signing a minor league deal with the Cubs in February. Originally a part of the New York Yankees international class out of the Dominican Republic, Avelino has been around the game. He went up and down and fared poorly in the past few seasons but has found a resurgence this year.
Avelino spent time at the major league level with the San Francisco Giants and fared decently, as he hit .278/.316/.278 over a 10-game sample size. It has been the only time spent at the major league level.
Overall, Avelino is slashing .296/.341/.395 in 20 games. The right-hander has seen the ball well as he’s done an excellent job in keeping his strikeout rate down and has been a terror on the basepaths.
Over the past seven days, Avelino has turned it on offensively. Avelino is slashing .381/.409/.524 with a 153 wRC+. He is not a big power guy, but the production is there, and he is someone in line, which may provide some depth at some point this season.