Alex Avila
32-Year-Old CatcherC
Arizona Diamondbacks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was hope that the move to Arizona would provide a boost to Avila's value and make him a decent bargain in 2018. Oops. Avila maintained his willingness to accept walks, but cratered across the line and even a 16% walk rate could not pull his on-base percentage over the .300 mark. His strikeout rate was an abysmal 39% last year, marking the sixth consecutive season in which Avila has struck out in at least 30 percent of his plate appearances. At this point of his career, he is Adam Dunn without the homers at the plate but remains a solid defensive catcher behind the dish. His 2015-2017 seasons were good OBP seasons and he could do that again, so there is your silver lining if you are in a OBP league and must draft two catchers. In single catcher leagues, let someone else roster this risk. Read Past Outlooks
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