Two seasons ago, the everyday catcher for the Detroit Tigers caught 141 games behind the plate. During that huge workload he put up numbers that would make Johnny Bench give a nod of approval. A .295 average, .506 slugging and .895 OPS speak to the season he had as does the 19 home runs and 82 RBI. He even had four triples as a catcher.
No matter whom you compare that to, it’s a good season. Any team in Major League Baseball would trade multiple prospects for a catcher that could put up numbers of an equal sort. When the calendar rolled over to the 2012 season however, everything changed. Suddenly he wasn’t fully healthy. Hamstring and concussion problems wouldn’t allow for Alex Avila to get comfortable at all. He only played a little more than 100 games behind the dish and most of his numbers were cut pretty well in half across the board.
Going into this season, Avila will try to keep himself healthy. For now he is healthy as well as rested. The bad season last year at least provided a lighter workload. He has no reason to not rebound this year. Another slumping season is at least possible if he hits a few stumbling blocks along the way. The good news is that the Tigers lineup is stacked with or without him. If they get his bat going, along with the other ones, they just get that much better.