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Birth Date1-29-1987
Height5' 11"
Weight210 lbs
Age27 years, 6 months, 0 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
-0.22010
6.02011
1.82012
0.92013
1.02014
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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 82 297 254 31 55 16 0 7 92 38 99 3 1 1 27 0 3 .217 .324 .362 .240 4.4 -1.3 0.3
Career574206617702124401007587282625351115824976.249.346.411.26494.6-5.39.5

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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 82 297 .240 .258 .319 .400 .260 .322 111 -5.5 7.7 4.6 -1.3 -2.8 4.4 0.3 4.4 0.3

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 297 31 55 16 0 7 27 38 99 0 3 .217 .324 .362 .146 .240 4.4 -1.3 0.3

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 0.5068 0.4151 0.7185 0.6000 0.2251 0.8344 0.4012 0.2815
2014 1218 0.4926 0.4105 0.6920 0.6200 0.2071 0.7984 0.3828 0.3060
Career83790.50760.41880.74140.60840.22350.83550.47660.2583

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
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 Concussion - -
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 Neurological 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.

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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

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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 3.9 18.1 842 -0.6 -0.2 -1.4 3.7 16.8
2010 6776 0 -6.7 -6.9 3744 -6.7 -1.9 -3.5 -8.6 -10.5
2011 10429 50 17.4 11.7 5747 -11.2 -3.1 -3.8 14.2 7.8
2012 8060 4 8.7 7.6 4533 -0.0 -0.0 -0.0 8.7 7.6
2013 7297 41 15.4 14.7 3978 -4.8 -1.3 -2.4 14.0 12.4
2014 6078 -28 -6.2 -7.2 3392 -0.7 -0.2 -0.4 -6.4 -7.5
total 40143 62 32.3 5.6 22236 -21.2 -5.9 -1.9 26.4 3.8

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