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Mike Avilés

Mike Avilés
Cleveland Indians – No. 4
Utility player[1]
Born: (1981-03-13)March 13, 1981
New York, New York
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 29, 2008 for the Kansas City Royals
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Batting average .273
Hits 579
Home runs 48
Runs batted in 236
Stolen bases 59

Michael "Mike" Anthony Avilés [ah-ve-les' ] (born March 13, 1981) is a Puerto Rican professional baseball utility player with the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Education and college career

Avilés was born in New York City, to a Puerto Rican family.[2] He graduated from Middletown High School in Middletown, New York in 1999[3] and was a Division II All-American shortstop at Concordia College, in Bronxville, New York. He was named Division II player of the year in 2003, after hitting .500 with 83 runs, 22 home runs and 65 runs batted in (RBIs) in 45 games.

Medal record

Minor leagues

His professional baseball career began when he was chosen in the seventh round of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft by the Kansas City Royals and offered an "insulting" $1,000 signing bonus.[4] He spent 2004 with the Wilmington Blue Rocks in the Carolina League and 2005 with the Wichita Wranglers in the Texas League. He then spent 2006 and 2007 with the Omaha Royals of the Pacific Coast League, becoming the Royals' Minor League Player of The Year in 2007. He started 2008 in the minors, batting .338 with 10 home runs and 42 RBIs in 50 games with Omaha.

Major Leagues

Kansas City Royals

Avilés was called up from Triple-A on May 29, 2008, to replace designated hitter Billy Butler on the roster. He finished his rookie season with a .325 batting average in 102 games, with 10 home runs and 51 RBIs. If Avilés had recorded a sufficient number of plate appearances to qualify for the American League batting title, his .325 average would have ranked third among all AL hitters and sixth-best in the Major Leagues. On November 11, 2008, the Royals named Avilés their 2008 Player of the Year.[5] Avilés finished fourth in the American League Rookie of the Year standings, ending in fourth place behind Evan Longoria, Alexei Ramírez and Jacoby Ellsbury.

Avilés strained his arm playing with Puerto Rico during the 2009 World Baseball Classic, which necessitated Tommy John surgery in May that ended his 2009 season.[6]

Avilés began the 2011 season as the Royals' starting third baseman but was optioned to Omaha when the Royals decided to call up top prospect Mike Moustakas.

Boston Red Sox

On July 30, 2011, the Royals traded Aviles to the Red Sox for shortstop Yamaico Navarro and pitching prospect Kendal Volz.[6] Aviles hit his first home run as a member of the Red Sox on September 16.[7] He hit the ball so hard that it put a hole through the Sports Authority sign on the Green Monster.[8] Avilés became the starting shortstop for the Red Sox in 2012 after Marco Scutaro and Jed Lowrie were traded. On May 19 and 20, 2012, he hit leadoff home runs in back-to-back games. On October 21, 2012, the Red Sox traded Aviles and cash considerations to the Toronto Blue Jays for pitcher David Carpenter and the release of manager John Farrell from the final year of his contract.[9]

Cleveland Indians

On November 3, 2012, the Blue Jays announced that they had traded Aviles and Yan Gomes to the Cleveland Indians for Esmil Rogers.[10] On February 7, 2013, Aviles avoided arbitration with the Indians, agreeing to a two-year, $6 million deal with a club option for 2015.[11]

Personal life

Avilés is married to Jessy Poulsen and the couple have twin girls. He also has a daughter with his ex-wife.[12][13]

His uncle, Ramón Avilés, was a utility infielder with the Boston Red Sox (1977) and Philadelphia Phillies (1979–1981).


External links

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