Latest Update Alex Avila says he feels great, is symptom free, has no second thoughts about continuing to play. Tue Oct, 14, 10:13 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.
Avila has battled concussion issues throughout his career and that was the case as recently as the American League Division Series against Baltimore. He should be fine headed into spring training, but one one severe blow to the head could spell the end of Avila's career. Since his breakout season of 2011 where he batted .295 with 19 home runs, Avila is batting just .229 and averaging 114 games player per year.Analyst: David Kerr
Avila has now had several concussions over the last two seasons and is nowhere near the player he once was, let alone the guy people expected him to be. While he says he has no plans to retire, he may have no choice once his contract with the Tigers is up. Hard to imagine too many people willing to take a risk with their catcher position.Analyst: Howard Bender
The Tigers were eliminated from the playoffs by the Orioles so Avila will have plenty of time to recover from any injuries he is dealing with.Analyst: Jonathan Impemba
With Avila exiting the game, back up Bryan Holaday put on the gear and entered the game. Avila's status is worth monitoring as the Tigers need Avila as the backstop in their line up. Baltimore leads the series 2-0.Analyst: Colby Conway