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.
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.