When I mention Avila – what pops up in your head? Stud? First ballot Hall of Famer? Absolute beast? Well, not exactly.
I feel like I can go out on a limb and say that unless Alex Avila turns into Babe Ruth, he will most likely not be in Cooperstown when he retires.
Now that by no means makes him a bad player. His numbers this year are actually quite good. Through 71 games thus far, he has a .286 batting average, a .411 OBP, 11 bombs, and an OPS of .914.
Those are just solid numbers, they’re really good numbers – especially for a catcher. Those numbers may be a little inflated because he hasn’t played a whole lot, but 71 games isn’t exactly a small sample size.
According to his Baseball Reference page, Avila is a 2.4 WAR player! Wilson Contreras’ WAR? 2.6. Now I can see you the baseball fan reading this going, ‘WAR isn’t always accurate! Wilson is so much better, I can’t believe you would even bring this up!’
My response is, in through the nose – hold for four seconds – out through the mouth. I’m not suggesting that Avila and Contreras are comparable players or would even compete for a job. All I’m saying is that Avila would certainly be a more viable option than Victor Caratini.