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Detroit Tigers: Alex Avila has been baseball’s best offensive catcher in 2017, should be All-Star

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May 26, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila (31) celebrates with teammates after he hits a home run in the fifth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
May 26, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila (31) celebrates with teammates after he hits a home run in the fifth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 16, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers Alex Avila (31) receives congratulations from first base coach Omar Vizquel (13) after he hits an RBI single in the 12th inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Alex Avila should be in the discussion for the All-Star Game

Obviously, fan voting for the All-Star Game isn’t purely based on statistics alone, but Avila certainly belongs in the conversation.

Here’s a look at his numbers and how they stack up with the aforementioned five backstops.

Avila vs the field

Alex Avila: 115 PA, 1.4 WAR, 178 wRC+, 1.029 OPS, 18.3 BB%, .266 ISO, .435 wOBA

Salvador Perez: 193 PA, 0.8 WAR, 104 wRC+, .787 OPS, 4.1 BB%, .223 ISO, .330 wOBA

Welington Castillo: 124 PA, 1.0 WAR, 116 wRC+, .805 OPS, 3.2 BB%, .150 ISO, .346 wOBA

Brian McCann: 139 PA, 0.7 WAR, 114 wRC+, .779 OPS, 15.1 BB%, .171 ISO, .337 wOBA

Gary Sanchez: 109 PA, 0.5 WAR, 113 wRC+, .768 OPS, 10.1 BB%, .147 ISO, .340 wOBA

Yan Gomes: 125 PA, 0.9 WAR, 105 wRC+, .753 OPS, 9.6 BB%, .183 ISO, .329 wOBA

Pretty cut and dry, right?

Even with James McCann on the roster, Avila should continue to get consistent at-bats as the season progresses.

With McCann currently sidelined, the veteran will get a chance to log even more playing time. It certainly doesn’t hurt that he can also fill in for Miguel Cabrera when needed at first base.

Next: Tigers outfield depth tested early in 2017

All told, if Alex Avila can continue to produce at a high rate, he should be in the discussion for who heads to Miami for the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

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