On any baseball team, there are the guys hit a ton of home runs, the ballplayers that play perfect defense, and those that get lots of hit throughout the course of the season.
Mike Aviles is none of those.
Playing his second season with the Indians, Aviles has taken on the utility man role for the Tribe with an authority. He can play anywhere out on the diamond, and he definitely does his part at the dish too. An oblique injury to Indians star second baseman Jason Kipnis has opened the window for Aviles to temporarily take the starting role at second base.
On Friday night in Tampa Bay, he scorched a three-run bomb just over the wall in left to extend the Indians lead to 6-2 in the 7th. This was an extremely crucial hit to really secure a much needed Indians road win.
“It was hard to get things going early in the game,” Aviles said. “We weren’t able to get that big hit when we needed it. We were able to get it later in the game.”
Just an inning before that, Aviles was able to lay down a perfect sacrifice bunt moving runners from 1st/2nd to 2nd/3rd. While they weren’t able to score, the table was set because of him. See, it’s simple plays of execution that make Mike Aviles a great player to have on your club.
In 2014, Aviles is hitting .329 with two home runs and nine runs batted in. His seven season of major league baseball showcase a solid career average of .275.
“Mikey always plays the game,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.
Throughout the rest of his season, look for Mike Aviles to continue to do his job for the ball club. He’ll play wherever he’s needed, hit for a solid average, and be there to pickup for any slack amongst his teammates. In a disappointing start for the Tribe, Aviles is one player that is shining bright.