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PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
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Birth Date1-29-1987
Height5' 11"
Weight210 lbs
Age31 years, 0 months, 21 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
1.32014
-1.22015
0.02016
1.12017
-0.92018
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WARP Summary

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 35 112 92 11 22 2 1 3 35 19 40 0 0 1 17 0 0 .239 .369 .380 .261 5.6 -1.1 0.4
2017 DET 30 77 264 219 30 60 11 0 11 104 43 80 1 1 0 32 0 1 .274 .394 .475 .288 16.2 -9.9 0.6
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Statistics for All Levels

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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 35 112 .261 .258 .326 .428 .268 .388 99 0.1 3.3 1.7 -1.1 0.5 5.6 0.4 5.6 0.4
2017 DET MLB 77 264 .288 .252 .320 .425 .257 .380 110 7.6 7.7 2.4 -9.9 -1.5 16.2 0.6 16.2 0.6

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 112 11 22 2 1 3 17 19 40 0 0 .239 .369 .380 .141 .261 5.6 -1.1 0.4
2017 DET MLB 264 30 60 11 0 11 32 43 80 0 1 .274 .394 .475 .201 .288 16.2 -9.9 0.6

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 1568 0.5319 0.3635 0.6316 0.5312 0.1730 0.7065 0.3701 0.3684 0 0.000000
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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
2019 ARI $4,250,000
2018 ARI $4,000,000
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
8 yrPrevious$18,339,900
2018Current$4,000,000
9 yrPvs + Cur$22,339,900
1 yrFuture$4,250,000
10 yrTotal$26,589,900

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 61 dExcel Sports2 years/$8.25M (2018-19)

Details
  • 2 years/$8.25M (2018-19). Signed by Arizona as a free agent 1/31/18. 18:$4M, 19:$4.25M. Performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 350, 400 plate appearances. $50,000 each for 450, 500 PA. $0.1M for 550 PA.
  • 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.

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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

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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 aaa 377 -.004 -0.3 225 -.000 0.0 5 .020 -.000 -0.1 -0.3 -0.4
2013 mlb 6226 .007 6.1 3934 .003 -2.6 74 .037 .013 -1.5 2.0 2.4
2014 mlb 7702 -.003 -3.1 5016 -.003 3.6 99 -.046 -.000 2.6 3.1 2.4
2015 aaa 181 -.002 -0.1 97 .000 -0.0 3 .001 .000 -0.0 -0.1 -0.1
2015 mlb 2762 -.021 -7.7 1609 .003 -1.2 26 -.009 .001 0.1 -8.8 -9.9
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 4640 -.016 -10.7 3105 -.001 0.4 41 -.008 -.004 0.3 -10.0 -11.0

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