Luis Armando Avilan
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 2", Weight 220 lb.
Avilan signed with the Atlanta Braves in August 2005; the scouts were Julian Perez, Rolando Petit and Carlos Torres. He made his pro debut with the DSL Braves, going 2-4 with a 3.29 ERA in 2006. In 2007, back with the same club, he improved to 6-3, 2.44 with a 1.00 WHIP and 71 strikeouts in 70 innings. Luis came stateside with the 2008 GCL Braves, going 0-3 with a 2.58 ERA and 49 K in 38 1/3 IP. With the Danville Braves the next year, he went 0-2 with two saves, a 3.05 ERA and only 25 hits in 38 1/3 innings. In his Venezuelan League debut that winter, he was 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA for the Cardenales de Lara.
Avilan split the summer of 2010 between the Rome Braves (2-1, 2.61 in 10 G) and Myrtle Beach Pelicans (4-3, 9 Sv, 3.94 in 31 G). He was used as a LOOGY by Lara in 2010-2011, with 21 2/3 IP in 24 games. He had no decisions and a 4.57 ERA while ranking second on the club in appearances (behind Scott Patterson). As a swingman with the Mississippi Braves, he was 4-8 with a 4.57 ERA.
He began 2012 back with Mississippi, and after going 3-6 with a 3.23 ERA in 16 games, he was called up to the majors when Jonny Venterswent on the DL. He made his big league debut against the New York Mets on July 14th, striking out Ike Davis, the only batter he faced. He relieved Chad Durbin and left for pinch-hitter Matt Diaz. Atlanta won the game, 8-7.
- 2012 Braves Media Guide