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Alex Avila | Catcher | #31

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 1/29/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Alabama
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 5 (0) / DET
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Alex Avila blasted his sixth home run of the season as the Tigers fell to the White Sox on Friday night in Chicago.
Avila's solo shot off of Mike Pelfrey in the fifth inning pulled the Tigers to within a run at 3-2, but that would be as close as they would get. Avila has been a monster at the plate this season, slashing .354/.475/.659 with six homers and 20 RBI. With James McCann on the disabled list, he'll continue to see regular run behind the plate. May 27 - 2:48 AM

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Alex Avila finished 3-for-3 with a double, a solo home run, a walk, two runs scored and three RBI in Saturday's win against the Rangers.

Avila continues to scorch at the plate, driving in nine runs across 10 games in the month of May. He continues to hit for high average and he is slashing an amazing .382/.488/.706 overall on the season. Avila has a .243 career average and .751 OPS, so this type of production isn't likely to be sustainable. Avila is a great sell-high candidate in most fantasy formats.
May 20 - 11:28 PM

Alex Avila clubbed a two-run homer off of Carlos Carrasco, powering the Tigers to a 4-1 victory over the Indians on Sunday.

Avila's second inning blast was a no-doubter to center field. He also singled and drew a pair of walks in the contest, finishing the day 2-for-2. While it's in an extremely small sample, Avila is hitting a very impressive .700/.786/1.000 with two homers and five RBI on the young season.
Apr 16 - 5:12 PM

Alex Avila crushed a two-run homer off of Trevor Bauer on Friday, helping to power the Tigers to a victory over the Indians.

Avila delivered the final blow against Bauer, with his opposite-field two-run blast chasing the right-hander from the game in the sixth inning. He also singled and drew a walk, finishing the impressive night 2-for-3.
Apr 14 - 11:20 PM

Tigers signed C Alex Avila to a one-year contract.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says the deal is worth $2 million. Avila is reunited with his original organization and also with his father, who is the Tigers' general manager. The veteran catcher hasn't played even 70 games in either of the last two seasons and has a .202 average over that time, but he's still gotten on base at a good clip (.349 OBP). He'll back up James McCann.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 03:55:00 PM

According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Tigers would "love" to sign free agent Alex Avila but his price tag could be too high.

He made $2.5 million with the White Sox last year and that's more than the Tigers are willing to pay for a backup catcher. Avila's ties to Detroit are obvious as he played there for seven seasons and his father is the team's general manager. The Tigers will probably still look for a left-handed bat to complement James McCann behind the plate, but it probably won't be Avila.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 10:13:00 PM

Tigers general manager Al Avila said Tuesday that he would consider his son, Alex Avila, as the club looks for a backup catcher this winter.

The Tigers were set behind the plate last offseason, so Avila left for a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the White Sox. The 29-year-old appeared in 57 games this season while batting .213 with seven homers and a .732 OPS in 209 plate appearances. Avila was originally drafted by the Tigers back in 2008 and spent the first seven seasons of his career with the club. James McCann is now the primary catcher in Detroit.
Tue, Oct 18, 2016 01:50:00 PM

Alex Avila slugged a game-tying home run in the seventh inning of Monday's extra-innings loss to the Tigers.

He got former batterymate Justin Verlander for the second time in the last week, lifting an opposite-field shot over the left-center field wall to knot things up in the seventh. Avila has homered three times in six games since returning from the disabled list, as he suddenly looks like an option in two-catcher leagues again.
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 08:20:00 PM

White Sox activated C Alex Avila from the 15-day disabled list.

Avila had been sidelined since July 6 with a right hamstring strain. With Dioner Navarro shipped out to Toronto on Friday, Avila should see the bulk of the action behind the plate for the White Sox over the final five-plus weeks of the regular season.
Fri, Aug 26, 2016 07:10:00 PM

Alex Avila (hamstring) has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Charlotte.

And he figures to return to the White Sox active roster by the end of this week, assuming he can avoid a physical setback. Avila initially landed on the disabled list July 6 with a right hamstring strain and then reaggravated the injury a few weeks later.
Mon, Aug 22, 2016 01:41:00 PM

Alex Avila (hamstring) could begin a rehab assignment next week.

Avila aggravated his right hamstring injury while on a rehab assignment late last month but apparently has finally made some progress. He'd appear to be on track to be activated September 1 if he can avoid more speed bumps.
Fri, Aug 19, 2016 08:59:00 AM

Alex Avila (hamstring) is still unable to run well enough to be cleared to return.

Avila aggravated his right hamstring injury while on a rehab assignment two weeks ago, so the White Sox are taking things slowly with him. He figures to miss most, if not all, of August.
Fri, Aug 5, 2016 09:33:00 AM

Alex Avila (hamstring) is expected to miss around four weeks.

Avila was expected to rejoin the White Sox this week, but he aggravated his recent hamstring injury while on his minor league rehab assignment. Dioner Navarro and Omar Narvaez will continue to handle catching duties for now.
Thu, Jul 21, 2016 05:36:00 PM

Alex Avila (hamstring) is being reevaluated by the White Sox after he pulled himself from Tuesday's rehab game.

Avila was closing in on a potential Thursday return to the big league club, but that has been thrown into question after he was forced out of his rehab showing on Tuesday. The 29-year-old backstop was placed on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain on July 6. The White Sox will update his status on Thursday.
Wed, Jul 20, 2016 04:14:00 PM

Alex Avila (hamstring) might not be ready to return Thursday.

That had been the target date, but White Sox manager Robin Ventura told the media Wednesday that Avila pulled himself from a rehab game Tuesday night. There should be a status update at some point Wednesday evening.
Wed, Jul 20, 2016 02:29:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1James McCann
2Alex Avila
3John Hicks
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Dixon Machado
3B1Nicholas Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Andrew Romine
2Mikie Mahtook
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Tyler Collins
3Jim Adduci
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Michael Fulmer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Daniel Norris
5Matt Boyd
6Buck Farmer
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Justin Wilson
2Francisco Rodriguez
3Shane Greene
4Alex Wilson
5Chad Bell
6Daniel Stumpf
7Blaine Hardy
8Warwick Saupold