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Avelino Learning Quickly

The Yankees signed shortstop Abiatal Avelino out of the Dominican Republic back in December for $300,000 and the 17-year old immediately proved in his debut season that he not only has the natural talent to be a future impact player, especially on the defensive side, but the makeup and polish to adapt quickly as he moves up the minor league ladder.

"I think it went well," Avelino said of his debut season through the help of a translator. "I know at the beginning it started off slow. It was my first time in professional baseball but I feel I picked it up. "I learned mostly about situations, how to play the situational game as well as how to play for your team. Before that you're playing [just] in tournaments and showcases, you're...

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