Latest Update Alex Avila and James McCann will compete for playing time during spring training. Tue Dec, 09, 09:02 PM
Has a keen eye at the plate and plenty of home-run power for a catcher--including home-run power. His left-handed bat is a bonus behind the plate.
Flaws: : Needs to prove he can hit left-handed pitching with consistency, as well as reduce the number of strikeouts he racks up, in order to maximize production.
McCann hit .295 with 49 runs, seven home runs and 54 RBI over 109 games at Triple-A last season while Avila hit .218 with 44 runs, 11 home runs and 47 RBI over 124 games for the Tigers.Analyst: Jonathan Impemba
Avila is coming off a down year in which he hit 11 home runs and 47 RBI while supporting a .218 batting average through 390 at-bats. The 2014 season marked the third consecutive year in which he posted a batting average below the .250-mark, so if he is unable to have a bounce back year expect the Tigers plans to change quickly. Analyst: Matthew Beck
The Tigers will take another year to look at the 27-year old backstop. He's got good upside, though the power hasn't exactly been where they hoped just yet after he debuted well and then posted a 19-home run season in 2011. Concussions have been the major problem here, so the team is hoping that he plays a strong game should he be 100-percent symptom free.Analyst: Howard Bender
Avila struggled in the regular season, and was almost non-existent on the offensive end. He hit .218 with 11 home runs and 47 RBIs. Avila suffered a concussion this postseason in their opening series which they went on to lose.Analyst: Colby Conway