Alex Avila (C,1B)
New White Sox catcher Alex Avila could fill the need for Chicago as the starter with Tyler Flowers disappointing for the North siders. Avila was limited to only 67 games in 2015, but the left-handed hitter could provide a stable offensive option for the White Sox. (Source: Chicago Tribune)
Fantasy Impact: The 28-year-old veteran could be a cheap option at catcher for the White Sox if he can build on his .339 OBP from 2015. He is far from his .895 OPS in his All-Star 2011 season, and has not posted a .700 OPS since 2012, but his improved plate discipline from 2015 could signal a rebound in 2016. Fantasy owners should not trust Avila based on his track run, but he is a cheap option at catcher and could be worth a late-round flier.
Category: Game Recaps
Mon, Sep 21st 11:08pm EDT
By Julius Bzozowski
Alex Avila hit a home run on Monday in game two of a double-header versus the Chicago White Sox. He also contributed two walks, before being lifted for a pinch-runner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Avila has seen his playing time behind the plate diminish with the rise of James McCann, but he contributed today when given the chance. Avila is still only hitting .194 on the season with four home runs and 12 RBI, and the 2011 Silver Slugger will definitely look to put this season behind him. It will be interesting to see if Avila will be kept around or what his role may be, especially now that James McCann has emerged as another viable starting catching option for the Tigers.
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Alex Avila seems to have lost his grip on the starting catcher job for Detroit, as he has started just eight games there since July 10. He has been thoroughly outplayed by James McCann and is hitting just .173 this season. (Source: The Detroit News)
Fantasy Impact: The Tigers are playing for the future at this point, and McCann is probably the better player right now anyway. If you were for some reason still holding onto Avila, he can and should be dropped in all formats, except perhaps the deepest of dynasty leagues.
Alex Avila extended his hitless streak to 15 at-bats, but still found a way to get on base. He walked twice and scored on an Anthony Gose single.
Fantasy Impact: Avila has 12 walks in 53 plate appearances. Other than the decent walk rate he has not contributed to a powerful offense. He should be far from consideration for seasonal or daily lineups.
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Tue, Dec 2nd 10:44am EST
By Christopher Ziza
The Detroit Tigers have picked up the $5.4 million dollar option on catcher Alex Avila for the 2015 season. (Source: CBSSports)
Fantasy Impact: It looks like the Tigers will be leaning on Avila for one more season. Despite rumors that the Tigers were looking to deal the catcher, they have opted to pick up his contract, which will likely be his last with the organization. With Bryan Holaday backing Avila up and heralded prospect James McCann waiting in the wings, Detroit will likely have a new starting catcher come 2016. Avila holds no fantasy value except for in the deepest of leagues.