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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 27)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
4 .244 0 0 0 0 .267 0.0
Birth Date1-29-1987
Height5' 11"
Weight210 lbs
Age27 years, 8 months, 22 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
-0.22010
6.02011
1.82012
0.92013
0.92014
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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
2009 DET 22 29 72 61 9 17 4 0 5 36 10 18 0 1 0 14 0 0 .279 .375 .590 .320 7.1 -0.2 0.7
2010 DET 23 104 333 294 28 67 12 0 7 100 36 71 2 0 1 31 2 2 .228 .316 .340 .224 0.2 -2.2 -0.2
2011 DET 24 141 551 464 63 137 33 4 19 235 73 131 3 8 3 82 3 1 .295 .389 .506 .308 54.9 1.2 6.0
2012 DET 25 116 434 367 42 89 21 2 9 141 61 104 2 2 2 48 2 0 .242 .352 .384 .257 19.4 -2.8 1.8
2013 DET 26 102 379 330 39 75 14 1 11 124 44 112 1 3 1 47 0 0 .227 .317 .376 .253 8.6 -0.1 0.9
2014 DET 27 124 457 390 44 85 22 0 11 140 61 151 3 2 1 47 0 3 .218 .327 .359 .251 9.7 -1.3 0.9
Career616222619062254701067627762855871116826976.247.345.407.26599.9-5.410.1

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
2008 WMI A 58 244 .290 .255 .323 .373 .263 .372 90 8.1 7.3 1.9 -0.0 -5.2 12.5 1.3 12.5 1.3
2009 DET MLB 29 72 .320 .259 .322 .415 .254 .308 105 4.6 2.1 1.1 -0.2 -1.0 7.1 0.7 7.1 0.7
2009 ERI AA 93 387 .293 .264 .339 .393 .269 .309 104 13.4 11.0 5.1 -0.3 -1.5 29.9 3.1 29.9 3.1
2010 DET MLB 104 333 .224 .262 .327 .414 .258 .278 111 -12.2 9.2 5.4 -2.2 -2.7 0.2 -0.2 0.2 -0.2
2011 DET MLB 141 551 .308 .261 .322 .409 .261 .366 108 26.2 14.9 8.4 1.2 2.8 54.9 6.0 54.9 6.0
2012 DET MLB 116 434 .257 .255 .320 .410 .261 .312 105 -1.1 11.9 7.1 -2.8 -1.0 19.4 1.8 19.4 1.8
2012 TOL AAA 3 8 .354 .267 .325 .421 .268 .750 92 0.8 0.2 0 -0.0 -1.1 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0
2013 DET MLB 102 379 .253 .262 .325 .412 .272 .305 101 -2.5 10.0 6 -0.1 -2.8 8.6 0.9 8.6 0.9
2013 TOL AAA 12 51 .260 .240 .319 .382 .250 .323 98 0 1.5 -0.1 0.1 0.4 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.1
2014 DET MLB 124 457 .251 .257 .316 .397 .264 .322 107 -3.9 11.8 7.1 -1.3 -5.5 9.7 0.9 9.7 0.9

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
2008 WMI A 244 21 65 14 0 1 22 27 41 0 1 .305 .384 .385 .080 .290 12.5 -0.0 1.3
2009 DET MLB 72 9 17 4 0 5 14 10 18 0 0 .279 .375 .590 .311 .320 7.1 -0.2 0.7
2009 ERI AA 387 52 87 23 1 12 55 52 77 2 1 .264 .364 .450 .185 .293 29.9 -0.3 3.1
2010 DET MLB 333 28 67 12 0 7 31 36 71 2 2 .228 .316 .340 .112 .224 0.2 -2.2 -0.2
2011 DET MLB 551 63 137 33 4 19 82 73 131 3 1 .295 .389 .506 .211 .308 54.9 1.2 6.0
2012 TOL AAA 8 0 3 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 .429 .500 .429 .000 .354 0.1 -0.0 0.0
2012 DET MLB 434 42 89 21 2 9 48 61 104 2 0 .242 .352 .384 .142 .257 19.4 -2.8 1.8
2013 TOL AAA 51 5 11 3 0 1 5 7 12 0 0 .250 .353 .386 .136 .260 1.2 0.1 0.1
2013 DET MLB 379 39 75 14 1 11 47 44 112 0 0 .227 .317 .376 .148 .253 8.6 -0.1 0.9
2014 DET MLB 457 44 85 22 0 11 47 61 151 0 3 .218 .327 .359 .141 .251 9.7 -1.3 0.9

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
2009 312 0.5192 0.4231 0.7879 0.6235 0.2067 0.8911 0.4516 0.2121
2010 1326 0.5045 0.4430 0.7785 0.6487 0.2329 0.8618 0.5425 0.2215
2011 2177 0.5255 0.4313 0.7583 0.6066 0.2372 0.8429 0.5184 0.2417
2012 1797 0.4969 0.3940 0.7387 0.5778 0.2124 0.8236 0.5104 0.2613
2013 1549 0.5061 0.4151 0.7185 0.6008 0.2248 0.8344 0.4012 0.2815
2014 1856 0.4984 0.4119 0.6754 0.6130 0.2116 0.7813 0.3706 0.3220
Career90170.50760.41850.73450.6080.22320.82940.46750.265

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-15 2014-09-22 DTD 7 6 - Head Concussion Swipe Tag on Basepaths -
2014-09-03 2014-09-06 DTD 3 3 - Head Other Light-headed with Headache After Foul Tip. Team Denies Concussion -
2014-06-07 2014-06-08 DTD 1 1 - Head Concussion on Backswing -
2014-04-27 2014-05-02 DTD 5 2 - Low Back Spasms - -
2014-02-21 2014-02-24 Camp 3 0 - Low Back Spasms - -
2013-10-18 2013-10-19 DTD 1 0 Left Knee Strain Patellar Tendon - -
2013-08-11 2013-08-27 15-DL 16 16 - Head Recovery From Previous Injury Concussion - Foul Ball - -
2013-08-09 2013-08-10 DTD 1 1 - Head Concussion Foul Ball -
2013-06-17 2013-07-02 15-DL 15 14 Left Forearm Contusion HBP - -
2012-10-28 2012-10-29 DTD 1 0 Right Forearm Contusion - -
2012-09-17 2012-09-22 DTD 5 4 - Soreness Player Collision - -
2012-06-25 2012-06-26 DTD 1 1 Left Knee Inflammation Patellar Tendon -
2012-06-06 2012-06-21 15-DL 15 13 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2012-06-02 2012-06-05 DTD 3 2 Right Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
2012-05-08 2012-05-10 DTD 2 2 Left Knee Inflammation Patellar Tendon - -
2012-04-11 2012-04-11 DTD 0 0 - General Medical Illness Flu - -
2011-10-04 2011-10-04 DTD 0 0 - Knee Soreness Patella - -
2011-06-26 2011-06-27 DTD 1 1 Left Hand Nerve Injury Wild Pitch -
2011-06-24 2011-06-24 DTD 0 0 Left Forearm Contusion Wild Pitch - -
2011-06-22 2011-06-24 DTD 2 1 Right Lower Leg Contusion Shin From Foul Ball -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 DET $200,000
2014 DET $4,150,000
2013 DET $2,950,000
2012 DET $510,000
2011 DET $425,000
2010 DET $404,900
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$4,289,900
2011Current$4,150,000
5 yrPvs + Cur$8,439,900
1 yrFuture$200,000
6 yrTotal$8,639,900

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 61 dExcel Sports Management1 year/$4.35M (2014), 2015 option

Details
  • 1 year/$4.35M (2014), plus 2015 club option. Re-signed by Detroit 1/31/14 (avoided arbitration, $5.35M-$3.75M). 14:$4.15M, 15:$5.4M club option, $0.2M buyout. 2015 option guaranteed with 2014 All-Star selection or top 15 finish in 2014 MVP vote or 2014 Silver Slugger.
  • 1 year/$2.95M (2013). Re-signed by Detroit 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.51M (2012). Renewed by Detroit 3/3/12.
  • 1 year/$0.425M (2011). Re-signed by Detroit 3/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4049M (2010). Re-signed by Detroit 2/16/10.
  • Drafted by Detroit 2008 (5-163) (Alabama). $0.169M 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 553 71 134 29 2 17 69 76 128 2 1 .284 .383 .460 .303 38.3 C -1 4.0
80o 535 66 125 27 2 16 64 71 127 2 1 .271 .368 .440 .291 31.2 C -1 3.3
70o 522 63 118 25 2 15 61 67 126 2 1 .262 .358 .425 .283 26.3 C -1 2.7
60o 511 60 112 24 2 14 58 64 125 2 1 .255 .349 .413 .276 22.2 C -1 2.3
50o 501 58 107 23 2 13 56 61 124 2 1 .248 .341 .401 .269 18.6 C -1 1.9
40o 491 55 102 22 1 13 54 59 123 2 1 .241 .332 .390 .262 15.1 C -1 1.5
30o 480 53 97 21 1 12 51 56 122 1 1 .233 .323 .378 .255 11.5 C -1 1.1
20o 467 50 92 20 1 12 49 52 120 1 0 .225 .313 .364 .247 7.5 C -1 0.7
10o 449 46 84 18 1 11 45 48 118 1 0 .213 .298 .345 .236 2.2 C -1 0.1
Weighted Mean5045810923214576212421.250.343.404.27119.5C -12.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
6% 49% 2% 4% 95%

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
201528627781302621566841551.240.340.376.2642.019.7-0.93.214.92.5-1.3
201629633771252521567831641.230.330.369.2571.515.5-0.93.114.9-1.6-1.3
201730604751272611465801520.245.344.383.2672.221.2-0.82.814.94.3-1.2
201831638781272911668821650.231.330.374.2571.515.3-0.92.814.9-1.5-1.3
201932620741222411463781590.227.323.355.2511.111.2-0.82.514.9-5.4-1.3
202033624741252521565761600.231.325.366.2541.313.0-0.82.414.9-3.5-1.3
202134620741242511362781630.232.328.357.2531.211.9-0.82.214.9-4.4-1.3
202235628741222321362791650.225.323.348.2490.99.4-0.82.014.9-6.8-1.3
202336603691212421157721510.229.321.343.2460.77.5-0.81.814.9-8.4-1.2

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
69.744.332.341.627.525.6215.5

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 76)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 90 Chris Iannetta 2010 .242
2 86 Ryan Doumit 2008 .293
3 86 Miguel Montero 2011 .284
4 82 Alex Gordon 2011 .303
5 81 Joe Ferguson 1974 .312
6 81 Geovany Soto 2010 .321
7 81 Jarrod Saltalamacchia 2012 .265
8 81 Matt Wieters 2013 .262
9 80 Tom Haller 1964 .292
10 80 Chris Snyder 2008 .275
11 80 Johnny Bench 1975 .311
12 79 Ed Bailey 1958 .260
13 79 Chris Shelton 2007 .000 DNP
14 79 Ryan Garko 2008 .264
15 79 Matt LaPorta 2012 .208
16 79 Adrian Gonzalez 2009 .341
17 78 Adam Lind 2011 .260
18 78 Joe Torre 1968 .273
19 77 Mitch Moreland 2013 .269
20 77 Keith Hernandez 1981 .314
21 77 Johnny Romano 1962 .295
22 77 Carlos Santana 2013 .312
23 77 Andre Thornton 1977 .316
24 77 John Buck 2008 .232
25 77 Austin Kearns 2007 .274
26 77 Jason Thompson 1982 .311
27 77 Don Mincher 1965 .306
28 77 Justin Morneau 2008 .304
29 76 Wilson Betemit 2009 .195
30 76 Nick Swisher 2008 .252
31 76 Gary Carter 1981 .286
32 76 Jim Gentile 1961 .363
33 76 Darrell Evans 1974 .298
34 76 Willie Aikens 1982 .283
35 76 Gene Tenace 1974 .308
36 76 Chris Young 2011 .277
37 76 Nick Hundley 2011 .310
38 75 Chase Headley 2011 .291
39 75 Barry Bonds 1992 .378
40 75 Jason Kubel 2009 .302
41 75 Jhonny Peralta 2009 .243
42 75 Carlos Quentin 2010 .272
43 75 Erubiel Durazo 2001 .302
44 75 Jose Bautista 2008 .251
45 75 David Justice 1993 .297
46 75 Mark Teixeira 2007 .317
47 75 Leon Durham 1985 .275
48 74 Ron Santo 1967 .340
49 74 Boog Powell 1969 .337
50 74 Jim Pagliaroni 1965 .278
51 74 Adam LaRoche 2007 .267
52 74 Shin-Soo Choo 2010 .305
53 74 Roger Maris 1962 .302
54 74 Vic Wertz 1952 .323
55 74 Edwin Encarnacion 2010 .264
56 74 J.P. Arencibia 2013 .217
57 74 Jeremy Hermida 2011 .245
58 74 Earl Torgeson 1951 .300
59 74 Mo Vaughn 1995 .307
60 74 Cliff Johnson 1975 .319
61 74 Kent Hrbek 1987 .308
62 74 Lance Berkman 2003 .313
63 74 Dexter Fowler 2013 .265
64 74 John Kruk 1988 .284
65 74 Steve Kemp 1982 .297
66 74 John Mayberry 1976 .256
67 74 Mike Jacobs 2008 .275
68 74 Kevin Kouzmanoff 2009 .253
69 73 Curtis Granderson 2008 .296
70 73 Brian McCann 2011 .291
71 73 Eric Chavez 2005 .283
72 73 Ron Blomberg 1976 .029
73 73 Alvin Davis 1988 .307
74 73 Neil Walker 2013 .278
75 73 Jesus Flores 2012 .201
76 73 Mike Epstein 1970 .300
77 73 Frank Fernandez 1970 .273
78 73 Bobby Higginson 1998 .285
79 73 Bernie Carbo 1975 .303
80 73 Richie Hebner 1975 .264
81 73 John Milner 1977 .285
82 73 Gary Roenicke 1982 .319
83 73 Will Clark 1991 .324
84 73 Todd Helton 2001 .330
85 73 Darrell Porter 1979 .322
86 73 Ted Simmons 1977 .307
87 73 Eddie Murray 1983 .334
88 73 Mike Napoli 2009 .290
89 73 Chipper Jones 1999 .345
90 73 Dave Hollins 1993 .285
91 72 Fred Lynn 1979 .336
92 72 Mark Teahen 2009 .250
93 72 Gary Sheffield 1996 .359
94 72 Yogi Berra 1952 .323
95 72 Jack Hiatt 1970 .261
96 72 Willy Aybar 2010 .243
97 72 Carlton Fisk 1975 .315
98 72 Billy Williams 1965 .336
99 72 Rick Wilkins 1994 .254
100 72 Greg Brock 1984 .272

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .179 .276 .273 .200
11 vs R (Multi) .264 .359 .439 .281
18 Split (Multi) .085 .083 .167 .081
19 LgAvg (Multi) .027 .038 .071 .034
30 vs L (2013) .139 .227 .228 .166
31 vs R (2013) .255 .345 .422 .270
38 Split (2013) .116 .118 .194 .104
39 LgAvg (2013) .026 .037 .071 .034

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 While all catchers take a beating behind the dish, Avila was listed as day-to-day with one ailment or another right from the start of the season, and he hit the disabled list for a spell in June. These nagging injuries noticeably sapped his power, resulting in a 10 percent drop in fly-ball rate to a career-low 30 percent, depressing his home-run total and slugging percentage. Even with his 2011 plate-appearance allotment, he would have hit only 11 home runs. His core skills remained intact, allowing him to be valuable to the team despite the severe power outage. A healthy Avila in 2013 will look a lot more like the 2011 version who made the All-Star team.
2012 Avila’s patience and power potential made him a breakout candidate last year, but few expected him to go off so fully that he would be ranked among the league leaders in WARP and earn MVP votes. There are no weaknesses in his game, as Avila’s strong arm and solid receiving skills—particularly his outstanding ability to frame pitches and earn borderline strike calls—would make him a valuable commodity even without the offensive fireworks. Add his potent lefty bat, solid work ethic, and the fact he won’t reach free agency until 2016, and Avila is an inexpensive building block who can give the Tigers a competitive advantage for years to come. He won’t maintain a .366 BABIP, and he may never again put together a complete season quite like 2011, but even a significant drop in offensive value will leave him among the best all-around backstops in the league.
2011 While Avila's rookie season may not have matched the jaw-dropping backstop debuts of Buster Posey and Carlos Santana, in its own way it was more surprising. An unheralded fifth-round pick just two years ago, Avila has already established himself as the Tigers' backstop of the present and near future. The organization was pleased with his steady improvement behind the dish as he gradually eclipsed Gerald Laird to become the everyday catcher, and while Avila’s offensive numbers were nothing special, his lefty bat and patient approach make him a reasonable bet to provide league-average production going forward. He will never be a star, but the money Detroit saves with him behind the plate allowed them to sign catcher/DH Victor Martinez to spot for Avila, or replace him should his bat continue to slump.
2010 Avila is the son of the Tigers' assistant GM, but taking him in the fifth round of 2008 was no act of nepotism. He's a legitimate ballplayer, one who reached the majors in his first full pro season. He features good plate discipline, decent power, and a quick release against baserunners. He's also slower than the DMV, has a good-sized platoon split, and is likely to be close to his ceiling right now. Gerald Laird is considered too good defensively (and too expensive, having reached arbitration) to waste on the short side of a platoon, but Avila and fellow catching prospect Dusty Ryan look like a nice tandem in the making.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-07-28 19:00:00 (link to chat)Why is Alex Avila still catching for the Tigers?
(Patty from BGSU)
He's an excellent defensive catcher, a skilled pitch framer and he gets on base. I wish Ausmus would bat him at the top of the lineup for this reason. (Matt Sussman)
2014-01-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Alex Avila in 2014? Can he return to his 2011 form?
(Steve from Chicago)
He can, but he really needs to stay healthy. Could be bias of watching EVERY day, but I feel like he gets beat up more than any other catcher. Balls off of his body, off of the mask, bats swung around to hit in the back of the head. Just ALWAYS something. I know it happens to all Cs, but I really feel he gets a percentage more than most. (Paul Sporer)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)Mike,12tean H2H ,hr, r, RBI,ave,sb ,xbh.Need a push Wieters has had a off season,available are R. Martin,Avila,Y.Gomes.Looking for a fix.Thanks
(Chesty from New Bern,NC)
Hiya Chesty.

I probably like Wieters more than you do, but of those guys I'd be fine with taking Russell Martin over Matt Wieters. Martin has almost 10 steals (he has 9) and the power numbers are relatively close to Wieters'. I have no problem pulling the trigger there (although keep in mind that Martin goes through BA droughts).

Alex Avila's hot right now but I don't like buying in the middle of the streak. Yan Gomes will get more PT with Mark Reynolds' DFA, but I still am not convinced he's going to be a full timer. Try Martin. (Mike Gianella)
2013-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Paul Sporer. I have Alex Avila in a super deep 22 team scoresheet league. According to Rod Allen he's now "cheesing like a chess cat", does that increase or decrease his value going forward? Thank you.
(ChoppertoChipper from Edmonton)
It puts him *juuuuuuust* behind Posey and well ahead of Carlos Santana, who is apt to cheesing like a checkers cat far too often. (Paul Sporer)
2013-04-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Alex Avila going to be good again?
(Aaron from Detroit)
Sure! (Matthew Kory)
2013-03-20 11:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Alex Avila? I currently have him as my starting catcher in a 16 team h2h dynasty league with McCann on my bench. Will he be a viable option while McCann is hurt? Will McCann even return to being a fantasy starter?
(Brent from California)
See above WRT to Avila. Re. McCann, he's been worked very heavily over the years and dealt with some injuries, but even throughout that he hit 20 HR last year and even added 3 SB's! Did you realize McCann is only 29, too? Far too early to write him off in any format. (Cory Schwartz)
2012-02-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see big (or at least notable) regression from Alex Avila and Jhonny Peralta? The seasons posted by these two were key factors in the Tigers winning 95 last year.
(lemppi from Ankeny, IA)
I think any time you see a guy post a 6 WARP season who has never done anything like that before, you expect a good deal of regression. Peralta's numbers were more in line with his career, although again any time you see an outsized performance you expect some falloff. (Colin Wyers)
2011-08-26 16:00:00 (link to chat)With Carlos Guillen and Magglio Ordonez done, the Tigers have an extra $20M/year to play with in the offseason, I say go get Jose Reyes, put him at second, then you can run out an infield of C Alex Avila, 1B Miguel Cabrera, 2B Reyes, SS Jhonny Peralta, 3B Nick Castellanos. Sound like a plan? If not who should the Tigers go after with the $20m?
(DetroitDale from Florida (eternal spring training))
I would check with Dave Dombrowksi on that stuff -- he seems to have Tigers going pretty good these days (John Coppolella)
2011-03-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Donning your GM-cap for a moment....if you had been in Detroit making decisions, would you have made the deal with Victor Martinez? Or would you have found a cheaper DH-bat and kept the 1st round pick in this mucho-hyped upcoming draft? Thank you.
(lemppi from Iowa)
A lot depends on how serious they are about getting him time behind the plate as well as at DH, because if he starts 60 games or more as a catcher, it's hard to turn that down for what it means for an offense, especially when the alternatives for playing-time partners for Alex Avila were one low-OBP right-handed swing-and-miss slugger or another. Considering how much money got thrown at guys like John Buck, I think Dombrowski paid a premium in the right way. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-01-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hi CK - Love it! Any prospects that you have unexplained affinities for?
(iorg34 from Minny)
Todd Frazier, because the bat will play. I find myself hoping Zack Cozart gets taken seriously, given that Paul Janish isn't really a solution, and I'm interested in how Tommy Manzella pans out. It's hard not to like Scott Sizemore and Alex Avila for the Tigers. I'm interested in seeing how Jose Ceda's comeback goes. I think this is the year for Brandon Wood, or at least I hope so. I root for Hank Conger. I'm more fond of Ian Desmond and Shairon Martis than probably makes sense. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-01-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Gerald Laird will be useful to the Tigers? What do you think of Alex Avila and what do you think his chances are of playing as a starter for the Tigers next season? Who would be the better starting catcher?
(steph from michigan)
I'm a big Avila fan, but maybe it's because I had him as my Tigers sleeper coming into '09 and he made me look very smart. I think Laird is the far better defender, but Avila could offer more with the bat. I would also hope that Avila behaves himself better at basketball games. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-11-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)What's your take on the sudden rise of Alex Avila? Can he be a legitimate starting catcher for the Tigers?
(Boston from Ann Arbor)
I'm a big believer, and yes. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-10-09 13:30:00 (link to chat)Many Tigers' fans want Alex Avila to play next year in front of Gerald Laird. I think its early for Avila to be counted on even though Laird is iffy. Your thoughts?
(lemppi@msn.com from Ankeny, IA)
Can I hedge? If I'm the Tigers I go into next spring with the catching job as a competition between the two. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-09-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)I enjoyed seeing Alex Avila's recognition in your article this week. What is your long-term projection on him?
(George from Charlotte)
If I'm the Tigers, the catching job is wide opening going into the spring. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-08-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Alex Avila (C, DET) so far? Have you heard anything about his expected role next year - starter, backup, AAA?
(Capt Science from New York)
I'd bank on him being the starter next season. The Tigers love him and not just because his dad is the assistant GM. This kid can play and he's a real throwback type on top of having talent. (John Perrotto)


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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year Framing Chances Extra Strikes Framing Runs Framing Runs per 7000 Blocking Chances PB/WP Saved Blocking Runs Blocking Runs per 7000 Total Receiving Runs Total Receiving Runs per 7000
2009 1503 -2 0.9 4.2 842 -0.6 -0.2 -1.4 0.7 2.8
2010 6776 0 0.0 0.0 3744 -7.0 -1.8 -3.3 -1.8 -3.3
2011 10429 48 10.1 6.8 5747 -10.8 -3.3 -4.0 6.8 2.8
2012 8060 10 3.8 3.3 4533 0.5 0.2 0.2 4.0 3.5
2013 7297 42 7.8 7.5 3978 -4.5 -1.1 -2.0 6.7 5.5
2014 9366 -15 -3.3 -2.4 5315 -2.9 -0.8 -1.1 -4.1 -3.6
total 43431 81 19.2 3.1 24159 -23.1 -6.3 -1.8 12.9 1.3

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