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    Xavery Avery Scouting Report

    Written by Tony Pente

    #20  - Xavier Avery - LF/CF
    Ht Wt  Bats Throws Born Draft
    6-0 190 L L  1/1/90 2nd Rd 2008

    Scouting Grades - Definitions

    Current 3 Most Likely 3 Ceiling 4
    Major League Target Date


    2012 Stats

    Nor 458 13 5 8 34 22 7 51 106 .236 .330 .356 .686 8.98 4.32
    Bal 103 6 1 1 6 6 2 11 22 .233 .317 .356 .673 9.36 4.68
    Bio: Avery has basically been rushed through the Orioles system without ever really experiencing sustained success at any level. He finally got a chance in Baltimore at just 22-years old but his same flaws were apparent in his big league time as in his minor league time. A toolsy player who hit a career high nine home runs last year between Nofolk and Baltimore, he still is prone to long slumps.

    Hitting/Running: Avery continues to put up mediocre numbers but he did show some promise by walking more and striking out less often despite a jump to AAA and the big leagues. He continues to struggle against left-handed pitching and at this point it's become fairly obvious that he's going to be platoon player at best. He alos continues to struggle with good offspeed pitches but did show the ability to hit the other way more in 2012. In addition, he showed better pitch selection and worked pitchers much better seeing 4.12 pitches per plate appearance in AAA and 3.94 in Baltimore. He was an effective base stealer and steal possesses top of the scale raw speed but still occasional makes base running errors.

    Defense/Intangibles: Avery is a good defensive left fielder though his below average arm is just adequate there. He showed good range in left and can play center field though his routes and jumps have never been particularly good there and his arm is well below average for center.

    Conclusion: Avery is starting to look more and more like he can have a career as a 4th or 5th outfielder but his inability to hit left-handers and avoid major slumps may limit his overall effectiveness. His ability to play some center helps his value but it's doubtful he will become anything more than back up outfielder on a good team.

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