Luis Avilan

Luis Avilan

32-Year-Old PitcherRP
Washington Nationals
Out
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 5/1/2022
2022 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Luis Avilan in 2022. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Nationals in November of 2021.
Back with Nats
PWashington Nationals  NRI
Elbow
November 29, 2021
Avilan (elbow) re-signed Monday with the Nationals on a minor-league contract, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
ANALYSIS
Avilan's deal likely includes an invitation to big-league spring training, but he'll probably be in rehab mode throughout February and March while he recovers from the Tommy John procedure he required last April. The 32-year-old lefty should receive a clean bill of health at some point in the middle of the summer, but he'll likely need to first perform well at Triple-A Rochester before getting a look in the Washington bullpen. Over 458 career big-league appearances out of the bullpen, Avilan owns a 3.43 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 12.0 K-BB%.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
27
Last 10 Games
27
Last 5 Games
27
How many pitches does Luis Avilan generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Luis Avilan generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-62%
BAA vs LHP
2021
Even Split
2020
 
 
-50%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-73%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .139 79 25 6 10 1 0 1
Since 2019vs Right .364 128 18 16 39 5 0 7
2021vs Left .333 7 1 0 2 0 0 0
2021vs Right .333 20 3 3 5 0 0 1
2020vs Left .176 18 7 1 3 0 0 0
2020vs Right .353 21 2 4 6 1 0 2
2019vs Left .102 54 17 5 5 1 0 1
2019vs Right .373 87 13 9 28 4 0 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-33%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-29%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-15%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 4.63 1.29 23.1 2 0 0 9.6 3.1 1.5
Since 2019Away 6.95 1.86 22.0 2 1 0 7.4 5.7 1.6
2021Home 0.00 0.33 3.0 0 0 0 3.0 3.0 0.0
2021Away 31.50 4.50 2.0 0 1 0 13.5 9.0 4.5
2020Home 4.76 1.59 5.2 0 0 0 7.9 3.2 1.6
2020Away 3.38 1.88 2.2 0 0 0 13.5 10.1 3.4
2019Home 5.52 1.36 14.2 2 0 0 11.7 3.1 1.8
2019Away 4.67 1.56 17.1 2 0 0 5.7 4.7 1.0
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Stat Review
How does Luis Avilan compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.33
 
K/9
7.2
 
BB/9
5.4
 
HR/9
1.8
 
Fastball
89.3 mph
 
ERA
12.60
 
WHIP
2.00
 
BABIP
.373
 
GB/FB
1.20
 
Left On Base
34.9%
 
Exit Velocity
86.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
15.0%
 
Spin Rate
2102 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
35.0%
 
Swinging Strike
7.4%
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Luis Avilan
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February 14, 2019
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August 23, 2018
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August 16, 2018
Dave Regan examines players playing well after the All-Star break, including Mallex Smith, whom he’s not too surprised to see take a step forward given his youth and minor league track record.
AL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
August 5, 2018
Erik Siegrist looks over the chaos in the AL free-agent pool following the trade deadline, where a thin influx of talent got even thinner after Tommy Pham's injury.
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Avilan was traded from the White Sox to the Phillies in late August, but was non-tendered in November before inking a minor-league deal with the Mets. The veteran left-hander had a 3.77 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 51:18 K:BB across 45.1 big-league innings. The 29-year-old showed that he can still be effective against left-handed hitters (.646 OPS vs. .733 OPS vs. RHP). Avilan does have a 10.6 K/9 over the past few seasons and has been a solid lefty specialist in that time, so he could secure a role in spring training, but his impact in the fantasy realm is likely to remain limited.
After establishing himself as a reliable bullpen option in the second half of 2016, Avilan struggled to start the 2017 campaign before once again finding his form post All-Star break. Despite posting a 4.30 ERA through the first half of the season, the southpaw finished with a respectable 2.93 ERA thanks to his 1.57 ERA across 23 second-half frames. He spent some time on the disabled list with a biceps injury and shoulder inflammation, the latter of which ultimately kept him off the Dodgers' postseason roster, though it isn't expected to affect his status for next season at all. He won't be in the mix for saves, but his strong strikeout rate (26.8 percent) and solid splits against same-handed hitters last season (.195/.290/.280 in 93 plate appearances) have Avilan positioned to compete for the top lefty setup role.
After two years of mediocre relief pitching, Avilan reestablished himself as a solid bullpen arm for the Dodgers with a strong second half. In 16.2 innings after the break, Avilan put up a 2.16 ERA and .179 slugging percentage against while striking out 24 batters. It took some patience to get there, as he was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City eight different times during the 2016 season, but he eventually showed enough to make the Dodgers' playoff roster. His current arsenal revolves around a low-to-mid-90s fastball and a strong changeup, along with an occasional curveball. His stuff has developed enough that he has more than doubled his strikeout rate in the last three years, going from 13 percent in 2014 to 34.2 percent in 2016. Avilan figures to enter 2017 in a similar role to late last season, but he could eventually work his way into the setup mix.
Avilan was a secondary piece in the blockbuster deal with the Braves that sent Alex Wood, Jose Peraza and Avilan to the Dodgers in July. He ultimately posted a combined 4.05 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 49:15 K:BB in 53.1 innings. Avilan showed improvement in his ability to miss bats, as his K/9 rose year over year from 5.2 to 8.3, while his BB/9 showed a nice downward trend, dropping from 4.4 to 2.5. He throws plenty hard with a 93.5 mph average fastball, though it seems unlikely he'll ever be a closer given his handedness and the fact that he has yet to save a game in his career. Avilan actually posted reverse platoon splits with a .271 batting average against versus left-handed hitters and a .210 mark against right-handers. He will be in the mix for a bullpen role with the Dodgers this spring.
There were some clear indicators that regression was likely for Avilan, namely his .204 BABIP, 4.02 xFIP and 2.2% HR/FB rate from 2013, but the extent of the southpaw's struggles last season was surprising. Opposing lefties hit .264/.350/.379 against Avilan in 2014, up from .144/.219/.163 a year before, and his K%-BB% fell to just 2.1%, from an already-well-below-average 6.2%. He was demoted in mid-July and the Braves ultimately acquired an upgrade in James Russell at the deadline, effectively relegating Avilan to mop-up duty upon his return in August. Thus, while Avilan finished third in the NL in holds in 2013 with 27, his value in leagues that count the statistic has dried up for the most part, though he could return to high-leverage duty if Russell gets injured or struggles.
Avilan stepped up in a big way for the Braves in 2013, after the team's top two lefty relievers, Jonny Venters and Eric O'Flaherty, were lost to Tommy John surgery early in the season. The 24-year-old Avilan held opposing southpaws to a .144/.219/.163 batting line en route to 27 holds, third-most in the National League. He made a team-high 75 appearances, and had a stretch from late May until mid-August where he made 35 consecutive appearances without allowing an earned run. There are, however, indicators that Avilan could be in line for regression in 2014, as he benefited from a .204 BABIP and was relatively lucky with a 83.6 percent strand rate. Lucky, because he didn't display especially overwhelming stuff, with just a 1.73 K/BB ratio and an 8.7 percent swinging-strike rate. Still, Avilan will remain the top lefty option out of Atlanta's bullpen until Venters is healthy, and even when Venters is back, Avilan should continue to rack up a decent number of holds.
Have the Braves struck gold on yet another relief arm? Avilan got his first taste of the majors in 2012, posting a 2.00 ERA in 30 appearances, bolstering a bullpen that already had the lowest ERA in the majors over the last two seasons. Avilan had been working as a part-time starting pitcher the past couple of seasons in the minors, but he seems destined for a full-time relief role. Don't expect Avilan to be quite as good as he showed in 2012. Nothing in his minor league career has suggested he will sustain that level. He posted a major league K/9 of 8.3 in 2012 He had not posted a K/9 that good since his time at Low-A Rome. The Braves' relief pitching is very strong, so it is unlikely Avilan will be one of the top three options out of the bullpen.
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Shifts to 60-day injured list
PWashington Nationals  NRI
Elbow
April 30, 2021
Avilan (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Friday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
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Opts for Tommy John surgery
PWashington Nationals  NRI
Elbow
April 19, 2021
Avilan (elbow) has elected to undergo Tommy John surgery, Matt Weyrich of NBC Sports Washington reports.
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Diagnosed with torn UCL
PWashington Nationals  NRI
Elbow
April 17, 2021
Avilan (elbow) has been diagnosed with a torn UCL, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
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Out with elbow inflammation
PWashington Nationals  NRI
Elbow
April 16, 2021
Avilan landed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation Friday, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.
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Take loss Friday
PWashington Nationals  NRI
April 10, 2021
Avilan (0-1) was charged with the loss Friday against the Dodgers, allowing one run on one hit while striking out two across one inning.
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