Found November 01, 2011 on Lions Blog:
Tigers catcher Alex Avila and centerfielder Austin Jackson were finalists in their positions, but lost out to Baltimore's Matt Wieters and Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury, respectively.

Alex Avila Wins Silver Slugger

The Silver Slugger awards were handed out last night the Tigers had just one winning.  Alex Avila walked with his first (hopefully of many) with a surprisingly good year at the plate.  He was ninth in the American League in WAR (5.4) and eighth in the American League in OPS (.895).  The last time an [...]

2011 Tigers Review – Austin Jackson

What’s his Grade – I give Austin Jackson a “C.”  This is probably higher then most people might have thought but buried in Jackson’s low batting average were some optimistic signs.  Yes, he only hit .249 (I wonder who could have predicted that) but he turned some of those doubles into home runs a little [...]

Austin Jackson Gets Award for Fielding

Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson did not win a Gold Glove Award this year, but he won a more relevant award.  He was voted the top center fielder on the Fielding Bible All Defensive Team for 2011.  The Fielding Bible awards are selected by a diverse group including statisticians, Baseball Info Solutions Video Scouts who study every game, sports writers, former MLB outfielder Doug Glanville and

2011 TigsTown Player Capsule: Alex Avila

Ready to take a look back at the performers of 2011 and what's in store for them in 2012? Head inside to read the 2011 player capsules! First up is the Tigers' breakout star catcher, Alex Avila, who slugged his way to starting the All-Star game.

Baseball. Alex Avila Named American League's 2011 Silver Slugger Catcher

Former University of Alabama baseball player Alex Avila was named the Louisville Silver Slugger catcher for Major League Baseball's America League, on Wednesday. Avila is the first player from Alabama to win a Major League Baseball Silver Slugger award.

Avila Wins Siver Slugger, Cabrera Robbed

Tigers catcher Alex Avila has won his first American League Silver Slugger award after leading all catchers with a .895 OPS and 31.2 Batting Runs.  He also was among the top ten in the league regardless of position in both categories.  The closest one to him statistically was Indians receiver Carlos Santana with a .808 OPS and 21.8 Batting Runs. Rangers catcher Mike Napoli had 38.7 Batting Runs,

Tigers Austin Jackson, Alex Avila shut out of AL Gold Gloves

In one vote announced Tuesday, Austin Jackson of the Tigers was selected as this season's best defensive centerfielder in the major leagues. The Fielding Bible put him on its 2011 all-defensive team. In another vote Tuesday, Jackson wasn't selected as the best defensive centerfielder in the American League.

Tigers Come Up Short in Gold Glove

No Tigers won a gold glove this year despite the fact that one was very deserving and another you could have made a major argument for.  Matt Wieters won at catcher and while I can live with that I do think Alex Avila has a great season behind the plate. WAR doesn’t really spell it [...]

Avila, Jackson Gold Glove finalists; not Peralta

Two Tigers could be announced as American League Gold Glove winners tonight -- Alex Avila at catcher and Austin Jackson in centerfield. But the Tigers' Jhonny Peralta won't win the Gold Glove at shortstop despite making only seven errors.

#17: Should you draft Alex Avila or Miguel Montero?

Entering 2011, Miguel Montero was expected to be among the game’s top offensive catchers. He slumped a little in 2010, batting just .266 with nine home runs, but in 2009 he burst onto the fantasy scene with a .294 average and 16 homers. Those 16 bombs were good for ninth among all catchers that year and his .294 average trailed only Joe Mauer (.365), Victor Martinez (.303) and...

Batting Jackson

Kurt Mensching makes the case for Austin Jackson batting at the bottom of the order. As I’ve alluded to, he shouldn’t be expected to hit 300. Nor 250, I would guess. I find it perfectly reasonable to expect the line drive rate to go up a bit. Given his history and minor league numbers, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the BABIP go up along side it. And if he can do that and maintain...

American League Silver Slugger Predictions

Tonight (11/2/11), the Silver Sluggers will be announced at 7 PM EST. Yesterday, I announced who my picks should be for the National League – now onto the Junior Circuit. Catcher: Alex Avila (Detroit Tigers) Stat Line: .295/.389/.506 (143 OPS+), 33 2B, 19 HR, 82 RBI Alex Avila enjoyed a break-out season for the American League Central champion Tigers. The all-star hit finished...

Biblical Fielders

The Fielding Bible awards are out.  Brett Gardner and Austin Jackson both won in the outfield, both products of the Yankees system.
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