Orioles Prospect Profile #15: Xavier Avery

Can Avery build on his AFL Rising Stars honor in 2012?

Xavier Avery

Position: CF

Height: 5'11”

Weight: 180 lbs

Born: 1/1/1990

Bats: left

Throws: Left

Background

The Orioles second round pick in 2008, Avery hails from Cedar Grove High School in Georgia. He spent the entire 2011 season with Double-A Bowie and batted .259 with four homers in 138 games.

The 22-year-old spent time in the Gulf Coast League and Single-A locations in the Orioles organization. In 2010, Avery played 109 games with advanced Single-A Frederick and hit .280 with four homeruns and 48 RBI.

Scouting Report:

Avery is extremely athletic and has a lot of speed, but he just needs to know how to use it. He needs to rely more on instincts in the outfield than his speed. On the base paths, he is a threat, but also a liability. He needs to make the better reads in the outfield and when he is on base to maximize his talent.

At the plate, the Georgia native has the ability to spray the ball all over the field with his short, compact swing. He just needs to be more consistent in his plate appearances at the higher levels. His .280 average two years ago in Frederick decreased to .259 with Bowie last season. He needs to cut down on his strikeouts as he walked back to the dugout a career high 156 times in 2011. Expect the batting average to increase if the strikeouts decrease in 2012.

Performance

                                                                                                                           

Level

Team

AB

AVG

2B

HR

RBI

SO

BB

OBP%

SLG%

AA

Bowie

557

.259

31

4

26

156

49

.324

.343


Health Record

Avery has not suffered any significant injuries since he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 2008.

Future

Avery was invited to Sarasota, Florida for Baltimore Orioles spring training. The organization likes him a lot. He is projected to be a leadoff hitter in the big leagues. However, he won't be an everyday leadoff hitter if he strikes out 156 times a season.

Depending on how the spring goes, the Orioles prospect, who was an AFL Rising Stars participant in 2011, could start in Double-A Bowie or Triple-A Norfolk in 2012.


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