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Ranking Alex Avila against other AL catchers

A picture is worth a thousand words, which is good, because I don't want to write a thousand words

Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

So just how pathetic is Alex Avila's offense? It's actually not that bad when compared to his peers in the American League.

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I'll spare you the extra paragraphs explaining in detail what this graphic means. However, here are a few bullet points. Out of ten AL catchers with 300 or more plate appearances:

  • He's fourth in on-base percentage
  • He's sixth in OPS
  • He's fifth in wOBA (weighted on-base average)
  • He's fifth in wRC+ (weighted runs created, i.e., how many runs he's worth)

His batting average may be ninth on the list, but his on-base percentage offsets that number.

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He may have gone through a very rough stretch in July, but the overall numbers show that Alex Avila holds his own among other catchers in his league.