Going into last night’s game against the Binghamton Mets, Erie catcher Alex Avila was mired in a deep slump: 1-for 19 with two walks over his previous five games.
Avila took a liking to Binghamton starter Eric Brown, however, hitting three-run homers in the first and second innings as the SeaWolves jumped out to a 9-0 lead after two. He later added a solo shot in the eighth to bring his totals for the day to three homeruns and seven RBI.
A fifth-round draft pick by the Tigers in 2008, Avila hit for some power in college, slugging 14 and 17 homeruns in his last two seasons at Alabama. He struggled to put the ball out of the park last year in the Midwest League, homering just once in 213 at-bats (although he did hit .305), but is back on track this season with eleven round trippers in about 300 at-bats for Erie.
Avila is the second Tigers minor leaguer in as many days to hit three homeruns. On Thursday, Toledo’s Brent Clevlen went deep three times in an 18-1 win over Syracuse. Clevlen may not have had the best offensive performance in that game, however; teammate Jeff Frazier was 4-5 with a homerun and six RBI.
So…which Tiger is gonna hit three homeruns today?