Named to the 2008 Brooks Wallace Award Watch List (College Baseball Hall of Fame Player of the Year) ... has played in 117 career games and made 112 starts ... is a career .284 (121-for-416) hitter with 19 home runs and 103 RBI ... has also stroked 29 career doubles ... has tallied 45 career multi-hit games and has 27 career multi-RBI games ... has played in 59 career SEC games, including 58 starts ... is hitting .296 (69-for-223) in his SEC career with 12 home runs and 64 RBI ... a veteran starter who made the switch to catcher in the fall ... an excellent hitter with exceptional power ... showed steady improvement behind the plate in the fall ... played 38 games for the Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod League last summer ... played on the same team with teammates Kent Matthes and Miers Quigley ... hit .241 (33-for-137) with two home runs and 13 RBI for Harwich ... led the team with 11 doubles and ranked second in home runs, third in runs scored (15) and fourth in hits ... played on the same summer league team with future opponents Evan Crawford (Auburn), Cole Figueroa (Florida), Johnny Giavotella (New Orleans) and Brett Jacobson (Vanderbilt) ... also spent time last summer with Detroit Tigers All-Star catcher Ivan Rodriguez ... has strong ties to the game of baseball as his grandfather, Ralph, was a long-time Dominican scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers ... hi father, Al, is the Assistant General Manager and Vice President of the Detroit Tigers.
CAREER POST-SEASON NOTES: Appeared in 10 post-season games with nine starts ... has hit .172 (5-for-29) in post-season career with two home runs and six RBI ... is 3-for-19 (.158) in six career SEC Tournament games with one run scored, one double, one home run and one RBI ... went 2-for-7 (.286) at last year's SEC Tournament with one double, one home run and one RBI ... made his SEC Tournament debut against LSU on May 24, 2006 ... appeared in four NCAA Tournament games in 2006 ... hit .200 (2-for-10) in NCAA Regional play with one home run and five RBI ... smashed a three-run home run against No. 5 North Carolina in 2006 NCAA Super Regional.
2007 (SOPHOMORE): Was one of two players to start all 57 games ... started three different positions for the Tide, including designated hitter (37), third base (13) and first base (7) ... played the final nine games of the season at third base as he filled in for the injured Jake Smith ... a 2007 Second-Team All-SEC selection by SEC Head Coaches ... named 2007 Honorable Mention All-SEC by SEBaseball.com ... hit .296 (66-for-223) with team-high 14 home runs and 61 RBI ... led the team with nine 3-hit games ... ranked second on the team with 20 multi-hit games ... also led the team with 15 multi-RBI games ... hit .294 (35-for-119) in SEC play, with 10 home runs and 38 RBI ... the first UA player with 10+ home runs in SEC play since Beau Hearod in 2003 ... homered in six of the Tide's 10 SEC series ... tallied nine home runs and 30 RBI against teams ranked in top 25 ... reached base in 46 of 57 games ... set an Alabama record with 14 RBI over a six-game stretch (May 12-19) ... ranked second all-time for most RBI (24) over an 11-game stretch with 24 RBI behind New York Yankee Andy Phillips who set the 11-game record with 30 RBI in 1998 ... led the team with eight-game winning RBI and six game-tying RBI ... reached base in 18 straight games from February 18-March 17 ... went 2-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI in an 11-6 win over Villanova on Feb. 24 ... stroked a game-winning, two-run double in sixth inning of that win ... went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI in a 16-0 win over UAB on Feb. 28 ... tied the UA single-game record with two hits in the fifth inning against the Blazers ... went 7-for-14 (.500) in a three-game series against McNeese State on March 2-4, with three doubles and four runs scored ... hit .385 (5-for-13) against No. 13 Nebraska, with two runs scored, two doubles and four RBI on March 9-11 ... posted a career high, seven-game hitting streak from March 9-18, where he hit .345 (10-for-29) with nine RBI ... homered in back-to-back games at No. 13 Ole Miss on March 24-25 ... the Tide's leading hitter vs. LSU, batting .462 (6-for-13) with two RBI on March 30-April 1 ... posted his first multi-home run game at No. 1 Vanderbilt on April 8 ... tallied the 100th career hit at Auburn on April 20 ... played in 100th career game at Auburn on April 21 ... turned in his finest series against South Carolina on April 27-29, where he hit .417 (5-for-12) with three home runs and seven RBI against the No. 4 Gamecocks ... went 3-for-5 with two home runs and career-high six RBI in series-clinching win on April 29, including game-winning three-run HR in seventh inning ... the Tide trailed 10-2 in third inning and Avila had at least one RBI in four straight at-bats (solo home run, RBI single, RBI ground out, three-run HR) in the come-from-behind win ... first UA player with six RBI in a game since Matt Downs had six RBI at UAB on April 26, 2006 ... tied Arkansas' Logan Forsythe for most RBI in game by an SEC player in 2007 ... made his 100th career start against South Carolina on April 29 ... tallied three hits and three RBI in win over Mississippi Valley State on May 1 ... added three hits and four RBI in 10-0 win over Arkansas on May 11 ... slugged first career grand slam at Mississippi State on May 17 ... homered in final at-bat of the season for the second straight year, with solo home run against Florida at SEC Tournament on May 24.
2006 (FRESHMAN): Played in 60 games as a true freshman ... made 55 starts, including 48 as the designated hitter ... finished his rookie season by hitting .271 (55-for-203) with five home runs and 40 RBI ... ranked third on team and seventh in the SEC with 40 walks ... ranked fourth on UA team with 12 multi-RBI games ... played and started 28 SEC games ... hit .301 (34-for-113) with two home runs and 26 RBI ... went 1-for-3 and scored two runs in his UA debut against Winthrop on Feb. 11 ... went 3-for-4 with two RBI against Georgia on Mar. 19, his first career multi-hit and multi-RBI game Avila went 2-for-5 with two RBI in win over Lipscomb on March 29 ... tallied first career four-hit game against LSU on April 16, where he went 4-for-4 with four runs scored, two doubles and one RBI in UA's 17-6 win ... recorded two hits and two RBI in 5-0 win over Mississippi Valley State on April 19 ... reached base eight straight times (5 H, 2 BB, HBP) against LSU and Mississippi Valley State (April 16-19) ... posted best game of the season against Vanderbilt on April 22, with four hits, four runs scored and four RBI in the Crimson Tide's 14-7 win ... collected career-high three doubles in the win over Vanderbilt (April 22) ... recorded game-winning, two-run double against UAB at Hoover Met on April 16 ... went 2-for-5, with two RBI against Auburn on April 29 ... posted career-high four RBI, including two-run home run in first inning, in UA's series-clinching win over Florida on May 14 ... stroked three-run home run against No. 5 North Carolina in NCAA Super Regional at Tuscaloosa on June 10 ... finished the game with a career-high four RBI ... played for the Ann Arbor (Mich.) Braves in the summer of 2005 ... hit .489 with 13 home runs and 69 RBI ... led the Braves to Regional and State championships ... advanced to Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, N.M.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2005 graduate of Archbishop McCarthy High School in Pembroke Pines, Fla. ... played for coach Tony Messaro at Archbishop McCarthy ... played three seasons at Archbishop McCarthy (2002, 2004-05) and one season at DeLaSalle High School (2003) in Warren, Mich. ... credited with the first home run in the history of Archbishop McCarthy High School ... as a sophomore, he was an all-metro selection at DeLaSalle HS ... as a junior at Archbishop McCarthy, he hit .342 with four home runs and 24 RBI ... drafted in the 34th round by the Detroit Tigers (1,020th selection) in the 2005 MLB First-Year Player Draft ... participated in the Southeastern Showcase, Florida Diamond Club Showcase and Perfect Game Showcase during his high school career.
PERSONAL: Full name is Alexander Thomas Avila ... son of Al and Yami Avila ... has two siblings, Alan and Annelisa ... his father, Al, is the Vice-President and Assistant General Manager of the Detroit Tigers.