9 March 2011
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Last week we went over Logan Morrison (here). This week we take a look at Mike Aviles of the Kansas City Royals.
Aviles burst onto the scene in 2008 as a 27 year-old, spending most of his time at SS for the Royals. In his 419 partial-season at bats he hit .325/68/10/51/8 and was tagged as a potential breakout player for the 2009 season. Unfortunately, 2009 saw Aviles undergo Tommy John surgery after just 36 games. He entered 2010 as a question mark, but picked right back up where he left off in May going .304/63/8/32/14 in 424 at bats. A poor June removed from his batting average would’ve left him with a .323 average, which was similar to what he did over the course of 2008. Even after missing a year, Aviles was pretty much the same player he was before the injury. Of course, he stole 6 more bases, but knocked in 19 fewer runs.
This being the “September Stars” Series, let’s now examine what Mike Aviles did last September to warrant his selection this week…
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