Latest Update Tigers exercised their option on Alex Avila for 15 Mon Nov, 17, 10:18 AM
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.
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
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