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Alexander Thomas Avila

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Alex Avila is a stocky, solid receiver and excellent handler of pitchers. With a break-out season in 2011, including an All-Star Game appearance, his future appeared very bright; however, his hitting numbers have steadily decreased since, while his strikeout tendency has markedly increased.

Avila played 60 games as a freshman in college with the University of Alabama, primarily at designated hitter. As a sophomore he started all 57 of the team's games, mostly at DH again, but with time at third base and first base. As a junior, Avila was moved to catcher, and his draft stock rose as a result. He was selected in the 5th round of the 2008 amateur draft and signed by scout Jim Rough. He made his pro debut that summer in the Midwest League.

Just a little over a year after he was drafted, Avila had two hits in each of his first three major league games with the Detroit Tigers in 2009. The 6 hits included 4 doubles and a home run, hit against the Minnesota Twins' Anthony Swarzak in his second big league game on August 7th.

He is the grandson of scouting legend Rafael Avila and cousin of Nick Avila. His brother, Alan Avila, was drafted by the Tigers in the 47th round of the same 2008 draft Alex was drafted in, but went on to play at Nova Southeastern University. Avila's father, Al Avila was the GM of the Daytona Beach Admirals in 1987, head coach at St. Thomas University and worked in the front offices of the Florida Marlins and Detroit Tigers before becoming the Tigers' GM in 2015.

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