Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Mike Aviles Report

Mike Aviles, SS, Kansas City Royals
Drafted 192nd Overall (7th Rd), 2003 Draft, Concordia College, NY
Bats R/Throws R
23 YO, 5'11", 195 lbs

I have to give a lot of credit to John Sickels. Back when Aviles was drafted, he nailed this kid as a sleeper. Aviles was the NCAA Division II player of the year at Concordia. He's a middle infielder with gap power and some plate discipline. He hit .300/.352/.443 with 39 walks, 57 K's, 40 doubles, 4 triples, and 6 home runs in 463 at bats for Wilmington. He isn't a killer, but he is a decent prospect, and somebody who could easily make it into the majors as a Mark Ellis level SS/2B. Come to think of it, Ellis is a great comparison to make since the skills are very similar.

Defensively, some have questioned whether he's a true shortstop. I'm not ready to make a judgement on that issue.

ETA: 2006
3 Stars

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