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Thursday, February 1, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: ALEX AVILA CATCHER ARIZONA D-BACKS

With spring training just days away, the long list of remaining free agents should start to begin putting pen to paper on new contracts.  One who made such a signing was veteran catcher Alex Avila who signed a two-year deal worth $8.25 million with the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday.  The deal cements Avila as the starting catcher for the D-Backs this season and on the surface, it keeps the 2017 reclamation project made good in a major hitting environment in Chase Field.  We say reclamation project because Avila had to settle for just a spring training invite from the Detroit Tigers last year at this time and it came courtesy of his father who as the GM last February.  While there was surely nepotism involved, Avila made his dad look smart by hitting .299 with 11 home runs and 29 RBI during the first half of the year which showed his bat still has some talent in it.  Alas, the wheels did come off in the second half (.210, 3 HR, 20 RBI) as Avila was soon traded into a backup role with the Chicago Cubs but at 31, he should have another year of solid play ahead of him at least for 2018.  Those who take part in two-catcher formats can do a lot worse than Avila in Chase Field this season but just keep in mind his 31.9 K/9 a year ago means the average will be ugly.


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1 comment:

  1. 'just keep in mind his 31.9 K/9 a year ago means the average will be ugly'

    What is K/9 for a hitter? How is it calculated? A glossary on the site or in the book would be helpful.

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