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Xavier Tyrone Avery

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Outfielder Xavier Avery made his major league debut for the Baltimore Orioles in 2012. He turned down a football scholarship at the University of Georgia to sign with the Orioles for a reported $900,000 after being their second round selection in the 2008 amateur draft; the signing scout was Dave Jennings.

A good hitter for average with excellent speed but limited power, Xavier hit .280 in 47 games for the GCL Orioles in 2008. In 2009, he made the jump to the full-season Delmarva Shorebirds of the South Atlantic League and held his own, with a .262 batting average in 129 games, 30 steals, and his first two professional homers. He started 2010 with the Frederick Keys of the Carolina League, where he hit .280 in 109 games, earning a late-season promotion to the AA Bowie BaySox. In 27 games in the Eastern League, he hit .234 with 3 homers and 18 RBI, a very encouraging performance for someone who was only 20 and already playing at the AA level. He spent all of 2011 with Bowie, where he hit .259 with 31 doubles and 36 steals in 138 games. He was a mid-season Eastern League All-Star.

Xavier moved up to the next level, AAA, to start 2012, being assigned to the Norfolk Tides in the International League. He was hitting .273 with 6 doubles and 5 homers in 33 games when he got the call to Baltimore after his team's game on May 12th. He was immediately inserted in the starting line-up the next day, batting lead-off against the Tampa Bay Rays. In his debut, he went 0 for 4 with a strikeout.

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