Pittsfield native Nick Avanzato gets new role with New York Yankees
Avanzato, 27, who has worked for the New York Yankees organization for the past three seasons, has been promoted to Assistant, Minor League Operations. The Pittsfield High School and University of Massachusetts graduate will now be full-time in the Yankees' Player Development Complex in Tampa, Fla.
"I'll be involved a lot more in the day-to-day logistics of the whole entire player development system," Avanzato said, when reached in Florida, "player moves for all of our affiliates across the U.S."
Avanzato started his career as a player development affiliate video coordinator. He spent his first two seasons working with the Yankees' farm club in Pulaski, Va. in the rookie-level Appalachian League. Last summer, he was the video coordinator for the Class A Charleston RiverDogs of the South Atlantic League.
In that job, Avanzato spent time in Tampa until the start of the season, and then spent the year traveling and working with the coaching staff and the players.
His role now is different.
"Making sure that our players and staff have everything they need to be successful," he said. "Whether that's taking care of their travel, or making their living situations are okay. Making sure everything is in place to have success, on and off the field."
Spending a year in the South Atlantic League was quite the change, Avanzato said. From the length of the bus trips to the sizes of the communities and the stadiums, everything was much bigger.
He also had a chance to interact with one of the teams of the Goldklang Group, the organization that owns the Pittsfield Suns of the Futures League.
"[The RiverDogs] do a tremendous job, and they put such a good product off the field with all of the promotions they do," Avanzato said. "It was a fun team to be a part of off the field as well as on the field."
In three years, Nick Avanzato said that he has seen a number of top prospects begin their climb from the low minor leagues to possibly ending up in The Bronx.
"It's really fun to see their development from year-to-year," Avanzato said. "Guys come out of high school, young guys out of the Dominican Republic, just to see them grow and develop from year-to-year is really exciting. Hopefully, they all reach their potential, and most of them get a chance to play in the Major Leagues."
And for a lifelong Red Sox fan, Nick Avanzato is now a Yankees fan.
"It's a great organization," he said, "and it's a fun and exciting time to be a part of it. To see our young guys develop and have an impact at the Major League level."
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