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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 33)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
2 .248 0 0 0 0 .232 0.0
Birth Date3-13-1981
Height5' 10"
Weight205 lbs
Age33 years, 7 months, 11 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
1.52010
0.22011
1.42012
0.52013
0.12014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2008 KCA 27 102 441 419 68 136 27 4 10 201 18 58 2 2 0 51 8 3 .325 .354 .480 .280 33.5 3.3 3.7
2009 KCA 28 36 127 120 10 22 3 1 1 30 4 26 0 1 2 8 1 0 .183 .208 .250 .166 -7.3 2.1 -0.5
2010 KCA 29 110 448 424 63 129 16 3 8 175 20 49 1 3 0 32 14 5 .304 .335 .413 .252 10.4 3.5 1.5
2011 BOS 30 38 107 101 17 32 6 0 2 44 4 17 0 1 1 8 4 2 .317 .340 .436 .269 3.8 1.1 0.5
2011 KCA 30 53 202 185 14 41 11 3 5 73 9 27 2 3 3 31 10 2 .222 .261 .395 .224 -2.9 0.1 -0.3
2012 BOS 31 136 546 512 57 128 28 0 13 195 23 77 2 6 3 60 14 6 .250 .282 .381 .243 14.6 -1.0 1.4
2013 CLE 32 124 394 361 54 91 15 0 9 133 15 41 3 8 7 46 8 5 .252 .282 .368 .241 4.8 -0.2 0.5
2014 CLE 33 113 374 344 38 85 16 1 5 118 13 49 1 5 11 39 14 5 .247 .273 .343 .231 0.1 0.6 0.1
Career7122639246632166412212539691063441129272757328.269.299.393.24556.99.76.9

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2003 RY1 Rk 0 230 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .399 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 WIL A+ 126 510 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .332 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 WIC AA 133 559 .250 .271 .336 .416 .257 .297 116 -4.8 13.0 4.4 0.9 -2.8 8.2 0.9 8.2 0.9
2006 OMA AAA 129 502 .245 .263 .334 .402 .261 .281 98 -7.8 14.4 1.1 -0.3 2.5 14.0 1.3 14.0 1.3
2007 OMA AAA 133 581 .266 .282 .347 .439 .264 .304 103 3.6 17.3 3.7 1.4 1.6 28.3 2.9 28.3 2.9
2008 KCA MLB 102 441 .280 .269 .332 .426 .262 .357 102 9.4 12.7 5 3.3 4.3 33.5 3.7 33.5 3.7
2008 OMA AAA 51 227 .318 .275 .343 .441 .260 .343 104 15 7.0 1 7.7 -0.9 23.4 3.0 23.4 3.0
2009 KCA MLB 36 127 .166 .272 .338 .436 .264 .223 105 -12.7 3.7 1.6 2.1 -0.2 -7.3 -0.5 -7.3 -0.5
2010 KCA MLB 110 448 .252 .261 .324 .408 .256 .327 111 -3.5 12.3 0.2 3.5 1.5 10.4 1.5 10.4 1.5
2010 OMA AAA 17 75 .240 .272 .339 .428 .258 .305 106 -1.6 2.1 0.7 -0.1 0.1 1.6 0.1 1.6 0.1
2011 BOS MLB 38 107 .269 .250 .312 .400 .257 .361 110 0.9 2.9 0.4 1.1 -0.2 3.8 0.5 3.8 0.5
2011 KCA MLB 53 202 .224 .258 .325 .403 .262 .231 112 -7.2 5.4 0.3 0.1 -1.7 -2.9 -0.3 -2.9 -0.3
2011 OMA AAA 35 150 .281 .284 .354 .448 .271 .291 94 3.6 4.7 2.1 5.6 -0.8 12.8 1.8 12.8 1.8
2012 BOS MLB 136 546 .243 .255 .317 .412 .262 .269 104 -9.2 15.0 6.2 -1.0 3.5 14.6 1.4 14.6 1.4
2013 CLE MLB 124 394 .241 .256 .318 .401 .265 .257 97 -7.3 10.4 2.3 -0.2 1.4 4.8 0.5 4.8 0.5
2013 PUR int 7 28 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .240 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 CLE MLB 113 374 .231 .254 .316 .393 .262 .271 102 -10.2 9.6 0.4 0.6 2.0 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2003 RY1 Rk 230 51 77 19 5 6 39 13 28 11 5 .363 .413 .585 .222 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 WIL A+ 510 66 139 40 4 6 68 39 57 2 5 .300 .355 .443 .143 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 WIC AA 559 79 146 33 6 14 80 30 64 11 6 .280 .319 .447 .167 .250 8.2 0.9 0.9
2006 OMA AAA 502 52 124 21 3 8 47 28 48 14 5 .264 .309 .373 .109 .245 14.0 -0.3 1.3
2007 OMA AAA 581 78 159 27 6 17 77 30 59 5 5 .296 .332 .463 .167 .266 28.3 1.4 2.9
2008 KCA MLB 441 68 136 27 4 10 51 18 58 8 3 .325 .354 .480 .155 .280 33.5 3.3 3.7
2008 OMA AAA 227 42 72 21 6 10 42 11 23 3 0 .336 .372 .631 .294 .318 23.4 7.7 3.0
2009 KCA MLB 127 10 22 3 1 1 8 4 26 1 0 .183 .208 .250 .067 .166 -7.3 2.1 -0.5
2010 OMA AAA 75 8 19 3 1 1 8 4 10 0 0 .271 .320 .386 .114 .240 1.6 -0.1 0.1
2010 KCA MLB 448 63 129 16 3 8 32 20 49 14 5 .304 .335 .413 .108 .252 10.4 3.5 1.5
2011 BOS MLB 107 17 32 6 0 2 8 4 17 4 2 .317 .340 .436 .119 .269 3.8 1.1 0.5
2011 KCA MLB 202 14 41 11 3 5 31 9 27 10 2 .222 .261 .395 .173 .224 -2.9 0.1 -0.3
2011 OMA AAA 150 21 43 8 2 9 25 6 17 6 4 .307 .329 .586 .279 .281 12.8 5.6 1.8
2012 BOS MLB 546 57 128 28 0 13 60 23 77 14 6 .250 .282 .381 .131 .243 14.6 -1.0 1.4
2013 PUR int 28 3 7 1 0 1 8 2 0 1 0 .292 .321 .458 .167 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 CLE MLB 394 54 91 15 0 9 46 15 41 8 5 .252 .282 .368 .116 .241 4.8 -0.2 0.5
2014 CLE MLB 374 38 85 16 1 5 39 13 49 14 5 .247 .273 .343 .096 .231 0.1 0.6 0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 1481 0.5240 0.5186 0.8473 0.6662 0.3532 0.9014 0.7349 0.1514
2009 485 0.4907 0.4660 0.8142 0.6218 0.3158 0.8649 0.7179 0.1858
2010 1550 0.5303 0.4964 0.8711 0.6557 0.3146 0.9165 0.7642 0.1276
2011 1047 0.5253 0.5105 0.8539 0.6745 0.3280 0.9084 0.7301 0.1461
2012 1970 0.5249 0.4822 0.8419 0.6122 0.3376 0.9052 0.7152 0.1581
2013 1374 0.5007 0.4953 0.8706 0.6483 0.3411 0.9350 0.7479 0.1279
2014 1357 0.5122 0.4967 0.8635 0.6518 0.3338 0.9470 0.6923 0.1335
Career92640.51850.49680.8550.64680.3340.91530.72990.1439

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-02 2014-09-11 DTD 9 8 - Head Concussion Diving Catch -
2014-06-07 2014-06-11 DTD 4 4 - Sprain -
2012-07-29 2012-08-03 DTD 5 5 - Turf Toe - -
2012-07-21 2012-07-22 DTD 1 1 - Sprain Turf Toe - -
2012-07-01 2012-07-01 DTD 0 0 - General Medical Illness - -
2009-05-24 2009-10-05 60-DL 134 119 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2009-07-07
2009-05-15 2009-05-20 DTD 5 4 Right Forearm Soreness Since Spring Training -
2008-09-01 2008-09-02 DTD 1 0 Right Fingers Contusion Index Finger -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 CLE $250,000
2014 CLE $3,500,000
2013 CLE $2,250,000
2012 BOS $1,200,000
2011 KCA $640,000
2010 KCA $429,000
2009 KCA $424,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$4,943,500
2011Current$3,500,000
6 yrPvs + Cur$8,443,500
1 yrFuture$250,000
7 yrTotal$8,693,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 91 dThe Legacy Agency2 years/$6M (2013-14), 2015 option

Details
  • 2 years/$6M (2013-14), plus 2015 club option. Signed extension with Cleveland 2/7/13 ($3.4M-$2.4M). $1M signing bonus. 13:$1.75M, 14:$3M, 15:$3.5M club option, $0.25M buyout. Annual performance bonuses: $0.1M for 550 plate appearances. $0.2M each for 600, 625 PA.
  • 1 year/$1.2M (2012). Signed by Boston 1/17/12 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Toronto in trade from Boston 10/20/12 (compensation for manager John Farrell). Acquired by Cleveland in trade from Toronto 11/3/12.
  • 1 year/$0.64M (2011). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/20/11. Acquired by Boston in trade from Kansas City 7/30/11.
  • 1 year/$0.429M (2010). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/26/10. Optioned to Triple-A 4/11/10. Recalled 5/2/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4245M (2009). Renewed by Kansas City 3/3/09 (split contract, $157,300 in minors).
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased by Kansas City 5/29/08.
  • Drafted by Kansas City 2003 (7-192) (Concordia College, N.Y.). $1,000 signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 344 39 90 16 1 8 38 16 49 11 5 .282 .316 .415 .266 10.5 2B 0, 3B -1 1.1
80o 327 36 83 15 1 7 35 15 47 10 4 .270 .303 .397 .255 6.6 2B 0, 3B -1 0.7
70o 315 33 78 14 1 7 33 14 46 9 4 .262 .294 .384 .247 4.0 2B 0, 3B -1 0.4
60o 305 32 72 13 1 6 31 13 45 8 4 .254 .286 .373 .241 1.9 2B 0, 3B -1 0.2
50o 295 30 68 12 1 6 30 12 44 8 4 .247 .278 .363 .235 0.1 2B 0, 3B -1 0.0
40o 285 28 64 11 1 6 28 11 43 7 3 .240 .271 .353 .228 -1.6 2B 0, 3B 0 -0.2
30o 275 27 60 11 1 5 26 11 42 7 3 .233 .263 .342 .222 -3.3 2B 0, 3B 0 -0.4
20o 263 25 56 10 1 5 24 10 41 6 3 .225 .254 .329 .214 -5.1 2B 0, 3B 0 -0.6
10o 246 22 50 9 1 4 22 9 39 6 3 .213 .241 .312 .203 -7.3 2B 0, 3B 0 -0.8
Weighted Mean2973069121630124484.249.280.365.2360.52B 0, 3B -10.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 41% 4% 10% 90%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20153425022517142110416.214.243.296.202-0.9-7.40.1-0.05.8-13.2-0.6
20163525024549142211405.226.261.319.212-0.9-7.3-0.0-0.18.1-15.4-0.6
2017362502250713209414.213.242.291.199-2.4-21.8-0.1-0.114.9-36.6-0.6
201837346316910152815595.213.248.293.201-2.3-20.4-0.3-0.114.9-34.9-0.9
201938366337512153115614.217.251.304.204-2.2-19.2-0.4-0.214.9-33.6-0.9
20203963756131202851251056.215.246.292.198-2.7-23.2-0.8-0.414.9-37.0-1.6
20214064057125192952271155.207.241.289.196-2.8-24.3-0.7-0.414.9-38.1-1.6
202241608571241911053281124.219.256.309.208-2.1-17.4-0.7-0.514.9-31.2-1.5
202342601551201821051281143.211.248.299.202-2.4-20.9-0.5-0.514.9-34.8-1.5

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
15.26.63.24.24.83.533.9

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 77)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 87 Alex Gonzalez 2010 .252
2 87 Jack Wilson 2011 .241
3 85 Alvin Dark 1955 .252
4 84 Clint Barmes 2012 .222
5 82 Jerry Hairston 2009 .257
6 81 Adam Everett 2010 .174
7 81 Kazuo Matsui 2009 .232
8 81 Edgar Renteria 2010 .251
9 80 Marlon Anderson 2007 .288
10 80 Cal Ripken Jr. 1994 .273
11 80 Jason Bartlett 2013 .000 DNP
12 79 Freddy Sanchez 2011 .270
13 79 Marco Scutaro 2009 .276
14 79 Rich Aurilia 2005 .261
15 79 Ronnie Belliard 2008 .297
16 78 Julio Lugo 2009 .280
17 78 Orlando Cabrera 2008 .249
18 78 Cristian Guzman 2011 .000 DNP
19 78 Keith Lockhart 1998 .248
20 78 Denny Walling 1987 .277
21 77 Adam Kennedy 2009 .265
22 77 Aaron Miles 2010 .244
23 77 John McDonald 2008 .194
24 77 Tomas Perez 2007 .000 DNP
25 77 Chris Woodward 2009 .212
26 77 Johnny Logan 1959 .290
27 77 Carl Furillo 1955 .300
28 77 Tony Batista 2007 .246
29 77 Ramon Vazquez 2010 .000 DNP
30 77 Miguel Cairo 2007 .223
31 76 Darin Erstad 2007 .237
32 76 Dick Groat 1964 .251
33 76 Lee Maye 1968 .290
34 76 Mark Carreon 1997 .000 DNP
35 76 Sean Berry 1999 .208
36 76 Alan Trammell 1991 .261
37 76 Ross Gload 2009 .271
38 76 Terry Pendleton 1994 .223
39 76 Art Howe 1980 .294
40 76 George Kell 1956 .265
41 76 Bobby Avila 1957 .264
42 75 Robb Quinlan 2010 .181
43 75 Chris Sabo 1995 .221
44 75 Willie Bloomquist 2011 .236
45 75 Steve Finley 1998 .245
46 75 Greg Dobbs 2012 .258
47 75 Mark DeRosa 2008 .297
48 75 Bobby Doerr 1951 .286
49 75 Mark Loretta 2005 .259
50 75 Danny Cater 1973 .266
51 75 Willie Davis 1973 .283
52 75 Brooks Robinson 1970 .282
53 75 Ramon Santiago 2013 .230
54 75 Red Schoendienst 1956 .259
55 75 Mike Fontenot 2013 .000 DNP
56 75 Ray Knight 1986 .282
57 75 Bill Buckner 1983 .256
58 75 Manny Sanguillen 1977 .237
59 75 Brian Harper 1993 .273
60 74 Yorvit Torrealba 2012 .234
61 74 Del Ennis 1958 .223
62 74 Gabe Kapler 2009 .255
63 74 Brian Jordan 2000 .256
64 74 Tony Gonzalez 1970 .261
65 74 Hal Morris 1998 .255
66 74 Vic Power 1961 .241
67 74 Cesar Tovar 1974 .277
68 74 Thurman Munson 1980 .000 DNP
69 74 B.J. Surhoff 1998 .273
70 74 Pedro Feliz 2008 .244
71 74 Johnny Estrada 2009 .000 DNP
72 74 Jim Eisenreich 1992 .250
73 74 Mickey Rivers 1982 .197
74 74 Felipe Alou 1968 .325
75 74 Phil Rizzuto 1951 .262
76 74 Ray Durham 2005 .270
77 74 Roberto Alomar 2001 .319
78 74 Chris Chambliss 1982 .274
79 74 Vern Stephens 1954 .265
80 74 A.J. Pierzynski 2010 .224
81 74 Al Oliver 1980 .299
82 74 Dave Concepcion 1981 .289
83 74 Raul Ibanez 2005 .284
84 74 Ken Caminiti 1996 .339
85 74 Vinny Castilla 2001 .245
86 74 David Segui 2000 .286
87 74 Mark Ellis 2010 .273
88 74 Tim Wallach 1991 .235
89 74 Gil McDougald 1961 .000 DNP
90 74 Frank Malzone 1963 .265
91 74 Lou Piniella 1977 .299
92 74 Del Crandall 1963 .197
93 74 Phil Garner 1982 .276
94 74 Ed Kranepool 1978 .236
95 74 Wes Helms 2009 .237
96 74 Ken Griffey 1983 .301
97 73 Scott Podsednik 2009 .255
98 73 Randy Winn 2007 .275
99 73 Jay Bell 1999 .298
100 73 Bert Campaneris 1975 .260

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .255 .293 .381 .256
11 vs R (Multi) .256 .282 .380 .235
18 Split (Multi) .001 -.011 -.001 -.021
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .232 .269 .335 .239
31 vs R (2013) .269 .293 .396 .238
38 Split (2013) .037 .023 .061 -.000
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Ten years ago a player with Aviles’s stats wouldn’t have made it through the season as a backup, but that era is gone. In this climate of diminished offense and weak shortstops, Aviles has value. Rescued from the Royals and dropped into the Red Sox starting lineup, Aviles showed average (read: valuable) defensive skills with occasional pop—his 13 homers were tied for 10th by a shortstop. An anemic walk rate throughout his career, consistently 4 percent, severely hampers his offense. Aviles lost his starting gig in mid-September when the Red Sox took a look at Jose Iglesias, and he was traded to Toronto for manager John Farrell. Yes, for a manager. He was then flipped to Cleveland with Yan Gomes for lefty reliever Esmil Rogers. At least that trade was for a player.
2012 Aviles appeared in just 53 games for the Royals before he was dealt to the Red Sox on July 30, and he played in 38 of their remaining 57 contests. Aviles had struggled as a bench player in Kansas City, but the plane ride to Boston did the trick, as he hit .317/.340/.436 the rest of the way, more like the Aviles we had come to expect from his two full seasons. He primarily filled in for the injured Kevin Youkilis at third, and, unlike Yamaico Navarro, who was dealt to the Royals to acquire Aviles, he is capable of filling the utility role for Boston right now, even if he isn't under team control for as long.
2011 Aviles returned from a 2009 lost to Tommy John surgery to become one of the Royals' most productive hitters, which sounds more like the set-up to a joke than it does an endorsement of Aviles. Unfortunately, that statement is more serious than Royals fans care to remember, as Aviles ranked fifth on the team in True Runs, behind the departed Scott Podsednik, the injured David DeJesus, and directly ahead of second-half Giant Jose Guillen. His power didn't return, but Aviles continued to put the ball in play often, the key to his success going forward. He is never going to draw walks consistently, but he rarely whiffs and is one of the few Royals who deserves to wear a glove, giving the team plenty of reasons to find a spot for him in the lineup. Unfortunately, Kansas City will play him at third, where neither his glove nor his bat profiles as well as it does at second.
2010 One of the Royals’ keys to a successful 2009 was not to have Aviles regress too much, since very few expected him to maintain his 2008 numbers, let alone improve on them. With a tendency to step in the bucket and an unhealthy appetite for the shoulder-level fastball, Aviles’ 2009 season started worse than anyone expected. Only later did he reveal to club officials that a strained right forearm (incured during the World Baseball Classic when he played for Puerto Rico) was slowing down his bat. After hopes that it would improve with rest were disappointed, he was shut down in early June. Club officials say that a healthy Aviles can compete for a job, but with Yuniesky Betancourt clogging up the infield, his best hope is that he can push the defensively stiff Callaspo off of second base.
2009 Behold, the mysterious power of age-27 seasons. Aviles entered 2008 with a line of .293/.334/.448 in over 2,300 minor league plate appearances; not even his mother would have predicted this sort of breakout. Happily, it spared the club from falling past the event horizon with Tony Pena at shortstop. Despite not being called up until late May, Aviles led Royals hitters in VORP, and was nearly the best rookie bat in the league, finishing neck-and-neck with Evan Longoria in 67 fewer PA. Although snubbed in the Rookie of the Year voting with a fourth-place finish, Aviles did at least get named KC's Player of the Year. As shocking as the offensive performance was how well Aviles played afield; bot considered nimble enough to handle short everyday at Omaha, he did fine in KC, showing strong instincts and good range to his right. It's doubtful whether Aviles can continue producing this well defensively or at the plate, but he'll give the Royals a significant bang for their pre-arb buck over the next two seasons.
2008 Mike Aviles is a free-swinging, lefty-mashing utility-infielder type, but without the glove to handle shortstop, his major league career is likely to be brief and intermittent.
2007 Former Division II Player of the Year Mike Aviles has topped out in Triple-A with a bat that`s marginal for a shortstop and a glove that plays best at third base.
2006 The Royals have drafted a plethora of college seniors in the middle rounds of recent drafts in order to save a few bucks. Aviles, the Division II Player of the Year in 2003, is the only one to have developed into a prospect. His bat may play in the middle infield, but his glove won`t. He could have Rich Aurilia`s career, but barring a tectonic shift in major league philosophies to value bats over gloves among backup infielders, a lengthy career seems unlikely.
2005 Aviles is a good example of how the Royals are more of a Moneyball team than most people realize. He was the Division II Player of the Year from tiny Concordia College in 2003 after hitting .500 with 22 homers in 45 games, yet he lasted into the seventh round before the Royals grabbed him. In his first pro season, he was named the Arizona League MVP, and in his second he was the best hitter on a Wilmington team that fell one game short of the Carolina League title. The same marginal tools that kept him from being drafted higher have kept him from rising up the prospect charts. Just keep in mind that his next slump will be his first as a pro.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-09-12 18:00:00 (link to chat)We just started round 1 of the playoffs, and my shortstop situation is dire. Who would you choose the rest of the season among Asdrubal Cabrera, Yunel Escobar, and Jose Iglesias?
(Alex from Anaheim)
Hi Alex. That's pretty dire.

This answer depends mostly on the rest of your roster. I think I'd stay away from Iglesias. He has already cooled off, and while he is in a strong line-up (which helps with the runs/RBI), I think he's the weakest choice of the three. That leaves Cabrera and Escobar. Escobar is the safer choice while Asdrual has the higher ceiling. If you need to play it safe, I'd go with Yunel. But the more I look at the two, I think I'd roll the dice on Cabrera. Cabrera's bad year is almost as good as Yunel's 2013. Assuming Cabrera's healthy, he should put up similar numbers. The only drawback with Cabrera is that he has been sitting at time for Mike Aviles. Still, I'd take the shot on Cabrera bouncing back this month. (Mike Gianella)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)For rest of season bench spot (2b/3b/ss) in AL Only, Maicer Izturis or Mike Aviles?
(Brian from Boston)
I'll take Aviles. Nothing special, but offers a bit of everything. (Paul Sporer)
2012-12-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Daniel. In your opinion is Cleveland really going to play Lonnie Chisenhall and if so what do you think he is capable of? Also in this vein is Mastroianni going to be the CF placeholder to start the season in Minnesota at least until Aaron Hicks proves he can hit AAA pitching and is called up? Thank you.
(michaelmcduffe from ottawa)
Hi, michaelmcduffe. Given the state of the free-agent pickings, I do expect Chisenhall to start the year as Cleveland's third baseman, perhaps with Mike Aviles spelling him against some left-handed pitchers. He should offer solid defense and enough bat to be a passable regular, with a chance to become above-average down the road.

Meanwhile, the Twins don't seem to be in any rush, so Mastroianni-to-Hicks appears to be the plan. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-04-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Bradley. The first ten days of the Bobby Valentine Era in Boston haven't been the most smooth. Starting pitchers staying well past their due dates, calling out well-liked hard working players in the media, and lets not forget installing Nick Punto and Mike Aviles in the lead-off spot. Tell me it's going to get better.
(mattymatty2000 from Portland, OR)
At what point do we start blaming the players for some of the clubhouse chaos occurring in Boston? Yeah, I know My Bobby Valentine (if I keep saying it, it will catch on, yeah?) has made some, shall we say, "curious" decisions since the start of the season, but this is two highly-regarded and well-respected skippers they've turned against in less than a year. Who are the leaders in the Red Sox clubhouse? (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-03-08 15:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Eduardo Nunez long-term?
(Dennis Castro from NY, NY)
Get the hell outta my office!

Well, I suppose I'll answer your question first. I see Nunez as a better version of Mike Aviles long-term. I don't think he'll ever be an everyday player for the Yankees, but I could see him as a fill-in at multiple positions who mashes lefties and offers a useful power/speed combination off the bench. (Daniel Rathman)
2011-03-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)I see Utley's injury as evidence the baseball Gods are frowning on the Phillies for altering the space time continuum in acquiring Cliff Lee. Would Mike Aviles make sense for them? I haven't seen him in any of the speculation currently being tossed around.
(kcroyalsguy from KC)
The Phillies are not going to have a good offense this year. Like their offense will be such that if there was a betting establishment offering you a line of 97 wins, you would be well-served taking the under. As for Aviles, he isn't going to be part of the Royals' future, so sure. Polanco could also probably fill in at 2nd and they could trade for Mark Teahen to play third. I don't know. I'm just not sure the Phillies need to look for stop-gaps. They lost Werth, Howard and Ibanez are platoon players, Dom Brown is hurt and probably wasn't ready anyway. I guess they do have a good starting rotation, from what I hear. (Jeremy Greenhouse)
2010-05-11 16:30:00 (link to chat)Mike Aviles and Kila Kaaihue... Building blocks, or handy patchwork?
(Stump from Columbia, MO)
Aviles is already 29, so I definitely wouldn't call him a building block. Ka'aihue is younger, but my impression was that his upside isn't all that high. Still, he's useful to have around for sure. (Matt Swartz)
2008-06-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)Other than recalling Billy Butler, do the Royals have anything in the wind in terms of personnel moves? Wouldn't David DeJesus be a nice fit for the North Siders?
(BL from Bozeman, MT)
Butler would be the main move the Royals would make right now. I think DeJesus would indeed make a nice addition for the Cubs and the Royals should think about trading him if they can get a good return. How about that Mike Aviles, though? He can't sustain it but it's been a neat little run for the stocky shortstop. (John Perrotto)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-09-29 10:30:00Tigers/White Sox Play-In GameGreg Pizzo (China, Maine) asks: "Does the terrific September by the Royals mean anything? Before the season started, we probably would have thought 75 wins was pretty good, but did they find out anything about their 2009 Royals using this September?"

I'm not so sure all that much progress was made. Guys like Billy Butler and Alex Gordon didn't take steps forward, they got a harsh reminder that Brian Bannister doesn't have a lot of upside, and even things that were good for them to have sorted out--like Tony Pena Jr. and Mark Teahen aren't regulars--didn't necessarily turn out perfectly well. It seems that guys like David DeJesus and Mike Aviles need to move from center and short, respectively. Their defense is a bit of a mess, there are questions over who plays where, and there's a mistake like the Jose Guillen contract to live down. On the plus side, Hillman seemed to get his bullpen sorted out well enough, Greinke's settling in, and Hochevar and Davies don't seem too far behind. They're still a few Gloads shy of having all the bricks to build a lasting foundation, but they're getting there. (Christina Kahrl)
 

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