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 [ edit ]
Avilés was born in
New York City, to a Puerto Rican family. He graduated from [2 ] Middletown High School in Middletown, New York in 1999 and was a Division II All-American shortstop at [3 ] 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.
Minor leagues [ edit ]
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. He spent [4 ] 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 [ edit ]
Kansas City Royals [ edit ]
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. Avilés finished fourth in the [5 ] 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 [ edit ]
On July 30, 2011, the Royals traded Aviles to the Red Sox for shortstop
Yamaico Navarro and pitching prospect Kendal Volz. Aviles hit his first home run as a member of the Red Sox on September 16. [6 ] He hit the ball so hard that it put a hole through the [7 ] Sports Authority sign on the Green Monster. Avilés became the starting shortstop for the Red Sox in 2012 after [8 ] 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 [ edit ]
On November 3, 2012, the Blue Jays announced that they had traded Aviles and
Yan Gomes to the Cleveland Indians for Esmil Rogers. On February 7, 2013, Aviles avoided arbitration with the Indians, agreeing to a two-year, $6 million deal with a club option for 2015. [10 ] [11 ]
Personal life [ edit ]
Avilés is married to Jessy Poulsen and the couple have twin girls. He also has a daughter with his ex-wife.
[12 ] [13 ]
Ramón Avilés, was a utility infielder with the Boston Red Sox (1977) and Philadelphia Phillies (1979–1981).
References [ edit ]
^ Ocker, Sheldon (March 31, 2013). "Indians utility player Mike Aviles expects to contribute often". Akron Beacon Journal . Retrieved September 1, 2013.
^ Tucker, Doug (2008-08-08). "Royals find a shortstop in Mike Aviles". (McLean, VA) USA Today . Retrieved 2011-09-25.
^ Witt, Kevin (2008-06-07). "Middletown's Aviles has big night at Yankee Stadium". (Middletown, NY) Times Herald-Record . Retrieved 2011-09-25.
^ "Royals’ Aviles is a 1,000-to-1 shot". . 2008-08-13 Yahoo! . Retrieved 2008-08-19.
^ Kaegel, Dick (2008-11-11). "Aviles named Royals' Player of Year". MLB.com . Retrieved 2011-09-25.
^ a b Edes, Gordon (2011-07-30). "Red Sox acquire Mike Aviles". Espn.com . Retrieved 2011-09-25.
^ "That's a wrap: Mike Aviles' HR leads Red Sox to had-to-have-it 4–3 win". . 2011-09-16 Boston Herald . Retrieved 2011-09-25.
^ Buchanan, Benjamin (2011-09-16). "Red Sox 4, Rays 3, End 4: Mike Aviles' Solo Shot Gives Boston The Lead". (Washington, D.C.) SB Nation . Retrieved 2011-09-25.
^ Lott, John (October 21, 2012). "Toronto Blue Jays swap manager John Farrell to Boston Red Sox". The National Post . Retrieved October 23, 2012.
^ "Blue Jays Acquire Rodgers". MLB.com. November 3, 2012 . Retrieved November 3, 2012.
^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben (February 7, 2013). "Indians, Mike Aviles Agree To Two-Year Deal". MLB Trade Rumors.
^ "Mike Aviles Stats, Bio, Photos, Highlights". MLB.com . Retrieved 2011-09-25.
^ "Royals find a shortstop in Mike Aviles". . 2008-08-08 ESPN . Retrieved 2011-09-25.
External links [ edit ]