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Alexander Thomas Avila

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Alex Avila played 60 games as a freshman in college, primarily at designated hitter. As a sophomore he started all 57 of the team's games, mostly at DH again, but with time at 3rd base and 1st 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 out of the University of Alabama, 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 Minnesota's Anthony Swarzak in his second big league game on August 7.

He is the grandson of scouting legend Rafael Avila and cousin of Nick Avila. His brother, Alan, 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 has worked in the front offices of the Florida Marlins and Detroit Tigers.

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