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2017 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 30)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
12 .220 0 1 1 0 .254 0.0
Birth Date1-29-1987
Height5' 11"
Weight210 lbs
Age30 years, 7 months, 25 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
1.42013
1.32014
-1.22015
0.02016
1.82017
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WARP Summary

Projected Rest-of-Season Playing Time

Last Update: 9/23/2017 07:31 ET | Cubs Depth Chart

Team Pos Order PT% PA AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG WARP TAv
CHN C 7 14 5 .220 1 0 1 0 .336 .362 0.0 .254
CHN C 8 15 5 .220 1 0 1 0 .336 .362 0.0 .254
CHN PH 9 13 2 .220 1 0 1 0 .336 .362 0.0 .254
2017 Rest-of-Season Totals4212.2201010.336.3620.0.254

MLB Statistics

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 6.8 -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 -0.4 -5.5 -0.6
2011 DET 24 141 551 464 63 137 33 4 19 235 73 131 3 8 3 82 3 1 .295 .389 .506 .308 52.2 -3.4 5.2
2012 DET 25 116 434 367 42 89 21 2 9 141 61 104 2 2 2 48 2 0 .242 .352 .384 .257 16.8 3.4 2.1
2013 DET 26 102 379 330 39 75 14 1 11 124 44 112 1 3 1 47 0 0 .227 .317 .376 .253 10.7 2.4 1.4
2014 DET 27 124 457 390 44 85 22 0 11 140 61 151 3 2 47 0 3 .218 .327 .359 .250 8.9 2.4 1.3
2015 DET 28 67 219 178 21 34 5 0 4 51 40 66 0 0 1 13 0 1 .191 .339 .287 .235 -1.0 -9.9 -1.2
2016 CHA 29 57 209 169 19 36 6 0 7 63 38 78 1 1 0 11 0 0 .213 .359 .373 .266 8.3 -7.9 0.0
2017 CHN 30 31 98 83 10 21 2 1 3 34 14 37 0 0 1 17 0 0 .253 .361 .410 .265 5.5 4.8 1.0
2017 DET 30 77 264 219 30 60 11 0 11 104 43 80 1 1 0 32 0 1 .274 .394 .475 .288 16.3 -8.6 0.8
Career8483016255530562113088710284208481318934278.243.351.402.265124.2-22.610.7

Statistics for All Levels

'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 0.5 -5.2 12.1 1.3 12.1 1.3
2009 DET MLB 29 72 .320 .259 .322 .415 .254 .308 105 4.6 2.1 1.1 -0.2 -1.0 6.8 0.7 6.8 0.7
2009 ERI AA 93 387 .293 .264 .339 .393 .269 .309 104 13.4 11.0 5.1 -0.9 -1.5 27.9 2.8 27.9 2.8
2010 DET MLB 104 333 .224 .262 .327 .414 .258 .278 111 -12.2 9.2 5.4 -5.5 -2.7 -0.4 -0.6 -0.4 -0.6
2011 DET MLB 141 551 .308 .261 .322 .409 .261 .366 108 26.2 14.9 8.4 -3.4 2.8 52.2 5.2 52.2 5.2
2012 DET MLB 116 434 .257 .255 .320 .410 .261 .312 105 -1.1 11.9 7.1 3.4 -1.0 16.8 2.1 16.8 2.1
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 2.4 -2.8 10.7 1.4 10.7 1.4
2013 TOL AAA 12 51 .260 .240 .319 .382 .250 .323 98 0 1.5 -0.1 -0.4 0.4 1.8 0.1 1.8 0.1
2014 DET MLB 124 457 .250 .257 .316 .397 .264 .322 108 -4.5 11.8 7.1 2.4 -5.5 8.9 1.3 8.9 1.3
2015 DET MLB 67 219 .235 .252 .317 .401 .259 .278 104 -5.3 5.9 1.7 -9.9 -3.3 -1.0 -1.2 -1.0 -1.2
2015 TOL AAA 6 22 .253 .258 .321 .376 .256 .385 105 -0.2 0.6 0.1 -0.1 -0.0 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.0
2016 CHA MLB 57 209 .266 .253 .313 .419 .254 .341 103 1.3 5.9 3.3 -7.9 -2.2 8.3 0.0 8.3 0.0
2016 CHR AAA 9 30 .325 .256 .324 .383 .256 .438 109 2 0.8 0 -0.1 -0.1 2.7 0.3 2.7 0.3
2017 CHN MLB 31 98 .265 .263 .330 .440 .272 .419 99 0.5 2.9 1.6 4.8 0.5 5.5 1.0 5.5 1.0
2017 DET MLB 77 264 .288 .252 .320 .425 .257 .380 110 7.8 7.7 2.4 -8.6 -1.5 16.3 0.8 16.3 0.8

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 12.1 0.5 1.3
2009 ERI AA 387 52 87 23 1 12 55 52 77 2 1 .264 .364 .450 .185 .293 27.9 -0.9 2.8
2009 DET MLB 72 9 17 4 0 5 14 10 18 0 0 .279 .375 .590 .311 .320 6.8 -0.2 0.7
2010 DET MLB 333 28 67 12 0 7 31 36 71 2 2 .228 .316 .340 .112 .224 -0.4 -5.5 -0.6
2011 DET MLB 551 63 137 33 4 19 82 73 131 3 1 .295 .389 .506 .211 .308 52.2 -3.4 5.2
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 16.8 3.4 2.1
2013 TOL AAA 51 5 11 3 0 1 5 7 12 0 0 .250 .353 .386 .136 .260 1.8 -0.4 0.1
2013 DET MLB 379 39 75 14 1 11 47 44 112 0 0 .227 .317 .376 .148 .253 10.7 2.4 1.4
2014 DET MLB 457 44 85 22 0 11 47 61 151 0 3 .218 .327 .359 .141 .250 8.9 2.4 1.3
2015 TOL AAA 22 2 6 0 0 1 5 0 8 0 0 .300 .273 .450 .150 .253 0.5 -0.1 0.0
2015 DET MLB 219 21 34 5 0 4 13 40 66 0 1 .191 .339 .287 .096 .235 -1.0 -9.9 -1.2
2016 CHR AAA 30 4 8 1 0 1 3 6 7 0 0 .333 .467 .500 .167 .325 2.7 -0.1 0.3
2016 CHA MLB 209 19 36 6 0 7 11 38 78 0 0 .213 .359 .373 .160 .266 8.3 -7.9 0.0
2017 CHN MLB 98 10 21 2 1 3 17 14 37 0 0 .253 .361 .410 .157 .265 5.5 4.8 1.0
2017 DET MLB 264 30 60 11 0 11 32 43 80 0 1 .274 .394 .475 .201 .288 16.3 -8.6 0.8

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 CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2009 312 0.4776 0.4231 0.7727 0.6443 0.2209 0.8750 0.5000 0.2273 153 -0.005947
2010 1325 0.4981 0.4408 0.7637 0.6424 0.2406 0.8561 0.5188 0.2363 620 -0.012217
2011 2180 0.4867 0.4284 0.7355 0.6089 0.2574 0.8421 0.4965 0.2645 1021 -0.011235
2012 1796 0.4705 0.3920 0.7159 0.5988 0.2082 0.8043 0.4899 0.2841 905 -0.006932
2013 1549 0.4803 0.4119 0.6975 0.6129 0.2261 0.8158 0.4011 0.3025 775 -0.005490
2014 1852 0.4914 0.4066 0.6587 0.6143 0.2059 0.7639 0.3557 0.3413 904 0.001837
2015 980 0.5214 0.3969 0.6401 0.6086 0.1663 0.7235 0.3077 0.3599 501 -0.009331
2016 946 0.5000 0.3689 0.6132 0.5539 0.1839 0.6832 0.4023 0.3868 0 0.000000
2017 1505 0.5282 0.3648 0.6302 0.5333 0.1761 0.7075 0.3680 0.3698 0 0.000000
Career124450.4940.40430.69090.59990.21340.78640.42760.3091649.7436-0.0056

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

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
2017 DET $2,000,000
2016 CHA $2,500,000
2015 DET $5,400,000
2014 DET $4,150,000
2013 DET $2,950,000
2012 DET $510,000
2011 DET $425,000
2010 DET $404,900
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$16,339,900
2017Current$2,000,000
8 yrPvs + Cur$18,339,900
8 yrTotal$18,339,900

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 61 dExcel Sports1 year/$2M (2017)

Details
  • 1 year/$2M (2017). Signed by Detroit as a free agent 12/23/16. Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade from Detroit 7/31/17.
  • 1 year/$2.5M (2016). Signed by Chicago White Sox as a free agent 11/25/15.
  • 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. Detroit exercised 2015 option 11/17/14.
  • 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.

2017 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 221 28 47 9 1 7 26 36 62 0 1 .258 .382 .430 .286 10.5 C -5, 1B 0 0.6
80o 200 24 41 8 1 6 23 31 58 0 0 .244 .365 .405 .272 6.8 C -5, 1B 0 0.2
70o 185 22 36 7 1 5 20 28 55 0 0 .234 .352 .388 .263 4.5 C -5, 1B 0 -0.1
60o 172 20 33 6 1 5 19 25 52 0 0 .225 .341 .373 .254 2.7 C -5, 1B 0 -0.2
50o 160 18 29 6 0 4 17 23 49 0 0 .217 .330 .360 .247 1.3 C -5, 1B 0 -0.4
40o 148 16 26 5 0 4 15 20 46 0 0 .209 .320 .346 .239 0.0 C -5, 1B 0 -0.5
30o 135 14 23 5 0 3 13 18 43 0 0 .201 .309 .332 .231 -1.1 C -4, 1B 0 -0.6
20o 120 12 20 4 0 3 11 15 39 0 0 .191 .296 .316 .221 -2.2 C -4, 1B 0 -0.7
10o 99 9 15 3 0 2 9 12 33 0 0 .178 .278 .294 .208 -3.1 C -4, 1B 0 -0.8
Weighted Mean165183161418245000.221.335.366.2501.9C -5, 1B 0-0.3

2017 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 9/22/2017 13:07 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 75 10 16 3 0 2 9 13 21 0 0 .261 .388 .448 .293 4.0 C -4 0.0
80o 54 7 11 2 0 2 6 9 16 0 0 .247 .370 .418 .280 2.1 C -4 -0.2
70o 39 5 7 1 0 1 4 6 12 0 0 .236 .357 .396 .270 1.1 C -4 -0.3
60o 26 3 5 1 0 1 3 4 8 0 0 .228 .346 .379 .262 0.5 C -4 -0.4
50o 14 2 2 0 0 0 1 2 4 0 0 .220 .336 .363 .254 0.2 C -4 -0.4
40o 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .212 .325 .347 .246 0.0 C -4 -0.4
Weighted Mean202410123600.224.340.370.2570.3C -4-0.4

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
3% 38% 4% 17% 90%

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2017 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
20183113416235031319430.210.326.342.239-0.40.3-1.00.73.5-2.9-4.3
20193215119275041621490.212.322.349.239-0.50.4-1.10.83.9-3.2-4.6
202033941116302913300.208.319.335.234-0.3-0.3-0.70.42.4-2.5-2.8
202134831015302812270.210.324.343.238-0.30.0-0.60.42.1-1.9-2.5
20223569812202710220.206.318.333.234-0.3-0.3-0.50.31.8-1.9-2.1
2023366271020169200.209.320.337.235-0.2-0.2-0.50.21.6-1.6-1.9
202437445820146140.207.320.335.234-0.2-0.1-0.30.21.1-1.2-1.3
202538385610145130.207.317.332.232-0.2-0.3-0.30.11.0-1.1-1.2
202639314610134100.206.316.330.231-0.1-0.2-0.20.10.8-0.9-0.9

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 79)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 89 Chris Snyder 2011 .295
2 85 Geovany Soto 2013 .289
3 84 Rick Wilkins 1997 .218
4 84 Chris Iannetta 2013 .275
5 83 Earl Averill 1962 .266
6 83 Ozzie Virgil 1987 .260
7 83 Duke Sims 1971 .283
8 82 Ed Bailey 1961 .269
9 82 Johnny Roseboro 1963 .253
10 82 John Buck 2011 .251
11 81 Jack Hiatt 1973 .000 DNP
12 81 Eric Hinske 2008 .263
13 81 Ryan Doumit 2011 .296
14 81 Ellie Hendricks 1971 .267
15 81 Jim Pagliaroni 1968 .294
16 81 Miguel Montero 2014 .260
17 81 Hank Foiles 1959 .235
18 81 Mark Johnson 1998 .024
19 80 Nick Hundley 2014 .243
20 80 Vic Correll 1976 .240
21 80 Mike Fitzgerald 1991 .221
22 80 Jorge Posada 2002 .286
23 80 Landon Powell 2012 .000 DNP
24 80 Ben Grieve 2006 .000 DNP
25 80 Lou Berberet 1960 .228
26 80 Joe Ferguson 1977 .299
27 80 Chad Kreuter 1995 .225
28 79 Eric Munson 2008 .000 DNP
29 79 Earl Torgeson 1954 .269
30 79 Steve Yeager 1979 .235
31 79 Chris Hoiles 1995 .286
32 79 Ed Bouchee 1963 .000 DNP
33 79 John Baker 2011 .173
34 79 Austin Kearns 2010 .256
35 79 Kelly Stinnett 2000 .225
36 79 Mike Stanley 1993 .320
37 79 Joe Lahoud 1977 .273
38 79 Darren Daulton 1992 .327
39 79 Mickey Tettleton 1991 .307
40 79 Greg Brock 1987 .282
41 79 Scott Hatteberg 2000 .275
42 78 Sherm Lollar 1955 .279
43 78 Phil Stephenson 1991 .293
44 78 Mike Macfarlane 1994 .276
45 78 Matt Wieters 2016 .245
46 78 Doug Mirabelli 2001 .272
47 78 Jose Lobaton 2015 .226
48 78 Leon Durham 1988 .253
49 78 Len Matuszek 1985 .245
50 78 Tom Haller 1967 .294
51 78 Miguel Ojeda 2005 .189
52 78 Joe Pignatano 1960 .249
53 78 Craig Kusick 1979 .249
54 78 Jarrod Saltalamacchia 2015 .259
55 78 Bob Hamelin 1998 .238
56 78 Dave Nilsson 2000 .000 DNP
57 78 Darrell Porter 1982 .272
58 78 Brad Wilkerson 2007 .269
59 78 Jason Varitek 2002 .253
60 78 Carmelo Martinez 1991 .261
61 77 Paul Sorrento 1996 .287
62 77 Bob Robertson 1977 .000 DNP
63 77 Charles Johnson 2002 .225
64 77 Fran Healy 1977 .230
65 77 Chris Young 2014 .265
66 77 Dick Gernert 1959 .269
67 77 Carlton Fisk 1978 .290
68 77 Jim Leyritz 1994 .298
69 77 Gus Triandos 1961 .265
70 77 Bill Sudakis 1976 .000 DNP
71 77 Dan Driessen 1982 .288
72 77 Geronimo Berroa 1995 .281
73 77 Dave Hollins 1996 .272
74 77 John Jaha 1996 .315
75 77 Mike Jorgensen 1979 .243
76 77 Bobby Kielty 2007 .220
77 77 Tyler Flowers 2016 .295
78 77 Mitch Moreland 2016 .244
79 77 Bob Brenly 1984 .295
80 77 Bob Stinson 1976 .264
81 76 Johnny Romano 1965 .294
82 76 George Kottaras 2013 .265
83 76 Lenny Webster 1995 .262
84 76 Chris Duncan 2011 .000 DNP
85 76 Chad Tracy 2010 .229
86 76 Gary Redus 1987 .261
87 76 Dick Dietz 1972 .227
88 76 Ed Kirkpatrick 1975 .244
89 76 John Vander Wal 1996 .233
90 76 Del Crandall 1960 .289
91 76 J.T. Snow 1998 .253
92 76 Erubiel Durazo 2004 .302
93 76 Norm Zauchin 1960 .000 DNP
94 76 Greg Vaughn 1996 .304
95 76 John Mayberry 1979 .291
96 76 Ryan Langerhans 2010 .275
97 76 Jim Marshall 1961 .225
98 76 Mark Teahen 2012 .000 DNP
99 76 Jody Davis 1987 .247
100 76 Greg Olson 1991 .243

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .203 .323 .294 .222
11 vs R (Multi) .218 .349 .372 .263
18 Split (Multi) .015 .026 .078 .041
19 LgAvg (Multi) .020 .029 .071 .031
30 vs L (2016) .250 .444 .400 .301
31 vs R (2016) .208 .346 .369 .261
38 Split (2016) -.042 -.098 -.031 -.040
39 LgAvg (2016) .020 .028 .073 .031

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2017 Due to publishing agreements, the 2017 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2017 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2016 Here's the good news: After six-plus seasons of foul-tip welts and concussion symptoms, Avila played the season symptom-free. Part of that is the bad news: A knee injury, which sent him to the disabled list, Wally Pipped the former All-Star into reserve status behind the younger, sprier James McCann. Even his father Al assuming the Detroit general manager's office in a pizza-sauced front-office coup couldn't grease the wheels on the lineup card. Offense-wise, Avila churned out his most dismal season, save for his trademark wealth of walks. His catching arm remains strong enough to thwart a third of all baserunners, and he played a skosh at first to diversify his portfolio, but the dead-pull hitter has been devoured by defensive shifts and needs to adjust if he wants to keep a significant portion of his new timeshare with Dioner Navarro.
2015 The ball has always found Avila well. Unfortunately it's usually a 90 mph pitch tipped by a bat finding his body. The veteran catcher suffered three concussions last year, including one in the final game of the season, leading many to wonder how much he can contribute to a team and, more importantly, whether he should. Catchers have moved to first base to extend their careers before. However, Avila does not have first base hitting skills; he has defense-first-catcher hitting skills: okay power, terrible contact and a nice walk rate. He's played corner infield sparingly but poorly. Still, better to roll the dice on a new position than a central nervous system.
2014 Like soapbox cars, supermarket apples and Mickey Rourke, catchers spend most of their days banged up, bruised to hell or a little bit dazed. Avila takes more than his share of hits, tips and tumbles, and the constant nagging injuries have sapped his power and sent him to the DL three times in the past two years. Thus, he hasn't come close to repeating his breakout 2011. But he's among the game's best pitch framers, and his throwing numbers—skewed by his men on the mound—don't do him justice. His .905 OPS in 90 plate appearances after returning from a concussion in late August shows he's got some upside. Complain that he's too often injured, but if it weren't him playing at 80 percent capacity, it'd just be somebody else.
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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Transaction Analysis: Grand ExitScott Orgera2017-08-21
Transaction Analysis: Grand ExitBryan Grosnick2017-08-21
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Expert FAAB Review: Week 20George Bissell2017-08-15
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Expert FAAB Review: Week 19Mike Gianella2017-08-08
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Let It Eat: The August 2017 Panic IndexBen Carsley2017-08-03
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Transaction Analysis: Avila Trades Avila (and Wilson)Eric Roseberry2017-08-01
Transaction Analysis: Avila Trades Avila (and Wilson)Zack Moser2017-08-01
Transaction Analysis: Avila Trades Avila (and Wilson)Emmett Rosenbaum2017-08-01
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Short Relief: Baseball In Between PitchesMatt Ellis2017-07-19
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2017-05-03 20:00:00 (link to chat)Alex Avila or Stephen Vogt? Thanks
(Hal from Montreal)
God bless Alex Avila, but... no. Vote for Vogt. (David Brown)
2017-05-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Alex Avila a better option than Rupp and Vogt ROS?
(Ryan from Montreal)
I think he is. Is Avila going to keep these numbers up? No. But he's as good of a bet as any to provide you some worthwhile production at catcher (for his tier). I know the playing time isn't what you'd want, but he really is putting up some solid production. (Eric Roseberry)
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 Lg Framing Chances CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
2008 afx 0 .000 0.0 2046 .000 -0.2 50 -.017 .005 0.5 0.3 0.5
2009 aax 0 .000 0.0 3423 .002 -1.8 71 -.032 .006 1.3 -0.5 -0.9
2009 mlb 1279 .001 0.2 824 .001 -0.2 13 -.003 -.005 0.1 0.1 -0.2
2010 mlb 5840 -.001 -0.4 3641 .004 -3.3 61 -.013 -.004 0.5 -3.2 -5.5
2011 mlb 8933 .002 2.8 5613 .004 -6.7 108 -.000 .005 0.0 -4.0 -3.4
2012 aaa 72 .002 0.0 33 -.000 0.0 0 .000 -.001 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 mlb 6877 .006 5.6 4436 .000 -0.2 98 -.015 .002 0.9 6.4 3.4
2013 mlb 6226 .007 6.1 3934 .003 -2.6 74 .037 .013 -1.5 2.0 2.4
2013 aaa 377 -.004 -0.3 225 -.000 0.0 5 .020 -.000 -0.1 -0.3 -0.4
2014 mlb 7702 -.003 -3.1 5016 -.003 3.6 99 -.046 -.000 2.6 3.1 2.4
2015 mlb 2762 -.021 -7.7 1609 .003 -1.2 26 -.009 .001 0.1 -8.8 -9.9
2015 aaa 181 -.002 -0.1 97 .000 -0.0 3 .001 .000 -0.0 -0.1 -0.1
2016 aaa 216 -.006 -0.2 0 .000 0.0 1 -.005 .000 0.0 -0.2 -0.1
2016 mlb 3226 -.014 -6.5 2227 .000 -0.0 29 .032 .002 -0.6 -7.1 -7.9
2017 mlb 4223 -.004 -2.6 2853 .000 -0.0 38 .008 -.005 -0.1 -2.8 -3.8

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