Luis Armando Avilán attended Barquisimeto school in Lara, Venezuela...Enjoys going to the beach and spending time with his family when he's not playing baseball... His favorite musical artist is Eminem.
Appeared in 70 games, the third time in his career he reached that threshold...Earned the first two saves of his major league career, August 2 vs. Kansas City and August 15 at Detroit...Fanned 51 batters, marking his second-straight 50-strikeout season (had no such seasons prior to 2017)...Allowed nine of 48 (18.7 percent) of inherited runners to score, the ninth-lowest rate in the majors (min. 30 inherited runners)...Held lefties to a .220 (18-82) average and a .646 OPS...Before being traded to Philadelphia, was tied for seventh in the AL in appearances (58 through August 21).
Appeared in 61 games with the Dodgers … allowed just 18.2 percent (4-22) of inherited runners to score … limited first batters to a .196 (11-61) average and lefties to a .195 (16-82) mark...Struck out a career-high 52 and surrendered two or fewer home runs for the fifth time in his career … his 13 holds were the third-most of his career, and marked his third season with double-digits (also 2013, '15)...Lowered his ERA from 4.30 (11 ER/23.0 IP) in the first half to 1.57 (4 ER/23.0 IP) after the break...Pitched on zero days rest 17 times, allowing 10 hits with eight strikeouts over 12.0 scoreless IP...Each of his first eight appearances (5.1 IP) and 17 of his first 18 overall from 4/4-5/14 were scoreless...Recorded a 14-game scoreless streak from 7/8-8/21, allowing just six hits with 14 strikeouts and five holds over 12.1 IP. Was not on the Dodgers postseason roster.
Shuttled back and forth between the Dodgers and Triple-A Oklahoma City, logging seven different stints with Los Angeles ...went 3-0 with a 3.20 ERA and limited opposing hitters to a .176 batting average with 28 strikeouts in 19.2 innings over 27 appearances with the Dodgers...Stranded 19 of 26 inherited runners...Made five scoreless appearances for the Dodgers in the postseason (3.2 IP)...With OKC, posted a 0-3 record with a 4.24 ERA in 33 games.
Combined to go 2-5 with a 4.05 ERA (24 ER/53.1 IP) and a 1.18 WHIP in 73 combined relief appearances for the Braves and the Dodgers... his 73 appearances tied for the 10th most in the NL and two shy of his career high of 75, set in 2013. ... Allowed only 9 of 56 inherited runners to score (16.1 %), which tied for the fourth-lowest mark in the National League • Limited opposing hitters to a .239 batting average, including just a .188 mark (12-for-64) with runners in scoring position. ... Acquired by the Dodgers on July 30 along with left-handed pitcher Alex Wood, right-handed reliever Jim Johnson, minor league infielder Jose Peraza and right-handed pitcher Bronson Arroyo from Atlanta in exchange for infielder Hector Olivera, left-handed reliever Paco Rodriguez and minor league right-handed pitcher Zack Bird. ... Tossed scoreless relief in 17 of 23 games with the Dodgers following his trade deadline acquisition and posted a 0-1 record with a 5.17 ERA (9 ER/15.2 IP) and a 1.15 WHIP for Los Angeles. ... Selected to the Dodgers' 2015 NLDS roster and did not allow a run in 1.1 innings of relief in two appearances against the Mets
Made 62 appearances (43.1 innings pitched) out of the bullpen while going 4-1 with a 4.57 ERA in his third Major League season...Was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on 7/19; Made nine appearances out of the bullpen before being recalled by Atlanta on 8/14. Had a 5.40 ERA over 11.2 innings for GWI. Allowed eight runs (seven earned) on 13 hits while issuing 11 walks...Allowed 22.9% (11-of-48) of his inherited runners to score, which ranked as the 14th-best mark in the National League...Suffered his first career loss on 4/10 vs. NYM. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, his 110 appearances without a loss to start his career was the fifth-longest such streak in Major League history (since 1900)...ERA by month: April (7.36), May (2.53), June (3.86), July (11.57), August (3.00), September (4.22)...Twice allowed four or more earned runs, 4/14 at PHI (5 ER/1.0 IP) and 9/25 vs. PIT (4 ER/ 1.1 IP). Without those two appearances, his ERA for the season was 2.85 (13 ER/41.0 IP). His ERA between those two outings, 4/18-9/21, was 3.00 (12 ER/36.1 IP)...Despite allowing a career-high five runs (all earned and with a 5-1 lead) on four hits in the eighth inning on 4/14 at PHI, picked up his third win of the season after the Braves scored four runs in the ninth on Dan Uggla's grand slam...Pitched at a 0.73 ERA (1 ER/12.1 IP) from 4/18 to 5/26...Entered 5/4 vs. SF with bases loaded and one out, needed one pitch to induce a double play to strand all three inherited runners...Worked a season-high 2.0 IP on two occasions: 9/9 at WSH and 9/28 at PHI...Made 10 relief appearances totaling 7.0 innings, going 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA with Cardenales de Lara of the Venezuelan Winter League.
Produced a fine sophomore season, going 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA in 75 appearances out of the bullpen. Held opponents to a .175 batting average and allowed just 40 hits over 65.0 innings pitched. His 1.52 ERA ranked seventh among Major League relievers and third among National League relievers. Among National League relievers, his .175 opponents' batting average ranked sixth, while his 27 holds were tied for third, his 75 appearances ranked tied for fourth and his five wins were tied for 13th. Posted a streak of 35 consecutive appearances (from 5/24 to 8/14) without allowing an earned run. The streak was the second-longest single-season stretch in MLB history to ATL's Craig Kimbrel, who had 38 such appearances in 2011. During the span, Avilan allowed just 22 baserunners (11 hits, nine BB and two HBP) over 31.2 innings pitched, while posting a .106 opponents' batting average. Made his first career appearance in the postseason, appearing in all four of the Braves' National League Division Series games vs. LAD. Posted 2.2 scoreless frames while allowing three hits. Induced a 1-6-3 double play in the seventh inning of Game 2 to preserve a 2-1 lead. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he was just the second pitcher in MLB postseason history with an inning-ending 1-6-3 double play with the tying run on third base, joining CLE's Bob Lemon (Game 6 of the 1948 World Series vs. the Boston Braves). Over his final 54 games of the season, from 5/24 on, owned a 0.95 ERA (47.1 IP/5 ER) while holding opposing hitters to a .154 average. His ERA vs. National League teams was 0.79 (56.2 IP/5 ER) in 65 appearances, compared to 6.48 (8.1 IP/6 ER) vs. teams from the American League (10 appearances). Held opposing left-handed hitters to a .144 (15-for-104) batting average, compared to a .202 (25-for-124) average by opposing right-handed hitters. Completed 1.1 innings or more on 11 different occasions. Each of those 11 outings were scoreless, while he allowed just nine hits and logged 11 strikeouts over 18.0 total innings. Suffered a left hamstring strain and cramping on 4/16; missed just four team games with the injury. Earned the win in relief on opening night (4/1) vs. PHI, stranding two IR and logging 1.2 scoreless IP.
Opened the season at Mississippi and was recalled on 7/5 from Gwinnett, where he did not make a Triple-A appearance. Promoted to Gwinnett on 7/4 after pitching in 16 games (12 starts) for Mississippi. Made his Major League debut on 7/14 vs. NYM by fanning the only batter he faced (Ike Davis). Rookie southpaw made 31 Major League appearances, including 2.0+ innings of work nine times. Allowed four earned runs in his first four outings (7.2 IP) with the Major League club, 7/14-22. Surrendered his first career home run to PHI's Chase Utley in the eighth inning on 9/21. Allowed just four earned runs over his last 27 appearances (1.27 ERA, 28.1 IP) since 7/30. Went 5-3 with a 2.57ERAin 22 games (allrelief)for Cardenales de Lara of theVenezuelan Winter League
Spent first full season at Double-A Mississippi going 4-8 with a 4.57 ERA in 36 games (13 starts)...Started final 11 games of the season and 13 of his final 17 appearances...Went 1-4-1 with a 5.92 in 23 outings out of the bullpen and 3-4 with a 3.82 ERA in 13 starts...Three times posted back-to-back scoreless outings, 4/11 & 4/15 and 5/17 & 5/20 and 5/27 & 5/30...Went 4-2 with a 2.47 ERA in 19 games (five GS) for the Cardenales de Lara of the Venezuelan Winter League...Had his contract purchased and he was added to the Braves 40-man roster on 11/16/11.
Went a combined 6-4 with a 3.54 ERA (27 ER/68.2 IP) in 41 appearances between Rome (A) andMyrtle Beach (High-A)...Converted nine of 12 save opportunities for Myrtle Beach.
Recorded two saves in 11 relief appearances with Danville (R).
Honored as the Gulf Coast League Braves August Pitcher of the Month (2.93 ERA, 3 GS) by theBraves organization...Posted back-to-back scoreless outings 7/15 (relief appearance) and 7/19 (start) to earnAppalachian League Pitcher of the Week, week ending 7/20.
Held opponents to the third-lowest (tied) batting average in the Braves farm system with a .213 markand ranked fourth among starters with a 2.44 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.