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2012 Player Preview: Luis Avilan

Written by Joe Lucia on .

The 22 year-old Avilan was added to the Braves 40-man roster this offseason after signing with the organization as a 16 year-old. He's slowly worked his way through the system and spent 2011 in Mississippi, where he split his time between starting and relieving. Avilan hadn't started full-time since 2007 in the DSL, so it was a nice change of pace for him. As a reliever, Avilan is a guy who can strike out a batter per inning, but has control problems.

2011 was a rough year for Avilan. Despite a career high 106 1/3 innings, his strikeout rate was a career low 6.60 per nine innings, which is to be expected with a transition to the rotation. What wasn't necessarily expected was the spike in home runs allowed by Avilan, who allowed a career high 10. To put that in perspective, he allowed a total of nine homers from 2008-2010. However, while Avilan's strikeout and homer rates went in the wrong direction, his walk rate went down the opposite route, settling in at 3.05, his lowest since coming to America in 2008.

In the DWL this winter, Avilan has also split time between starting and relieving, and he appears to be much more effective as a reliever. He's pitched nearly the same amount of innings in each role (21 relieving, 22 2/3 starting), and struck out more hitters while walking fewer in relief. He's also allowed half as many hits coming out of the pen as he has starting.

I'd expect Avilan to be a reliever at Gwinnett next year, and that's probably the best role for him right now with the glut of starting pitching talent that the organization has. He's simply not good enough to crack the organization's top starting pitching prospects, but could crack the top reliever prospects.

Check out Avilan's 2012 player projection on THT 
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The 22 year-old Avilan was added to the Braves 40-man roster this offseason after signing with the organization as giá sàn gỗ inovar malaysia a 16 year-old. He's slowly worked his way through the system and spent 2011 in Mississippi, where he split his time between starting and relieving. Avilan hadn't started full-time since 2007 in the DSL, so it was a nice change of pace for him. As a reliever, Avilan is a guy who can strike out a batter per inning, but has control problems.


2011 was a rough year for Avilan. Despite a career high 106 1/3 innings, his strikeout rate was a career low 6.60 per nine innings, which is to be expected with a transition to the rotation. What wasn't necessarily expected was the spike in home runs allowed by Avilan, who allowed a career high 10. To put that in https://goo.gl/Idhqci perspective, he allowed a total of nine homers from 2008-2010. However, while Avilan's strikeout and homer rates went in the wrong direction, his walk rate went down the opposite route, settling in at 3.05, his lowest since coming to America in 2008.


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