March 13, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles (3) smiles in the fifth inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
You may not have heard, but Mike Aviles has his fair share of doubters. From all the media members clamoring for Jose Iglesias, to all the fans looking wistfully in the direction of Colorado and Marco Scutaro, too few seem to be looking with any sort of anticipation in our actual starting shortstop's direction?
Fair? Maybe not. Aviles has been a very off-and-on player at the plate, and if you look at 2009 and the Kansas City half of 2011, the numbers are very ugly. On the whole, though, Aviles sits at .288/.318/.419 with a glove that has actually graded out positively at short over the course of an admittedly short career.
Aviles is no phenom, to be sure, but he's a guy who could either surprise us with a Fenway-tailored swing or disappoint us by playing down to his worst years. Which one will be the reality in 2012?
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