Made his ML debut in a start on April 11, 2019, at ARI (1 run, 4 hits, 5 SO, 1 BB), which was his only appearance for SD in 2019 at the big league level. Prior to his debut, his one start for Amarillo (AA) was the highest level at which he had pitched...Underwent Tommy John surgery Sept. 14, 2019, and he did not pitch in 2020 while recovering...On Aug. 8, 2017, struck out a Fort Wayne (A) record 17 batters with 0 BB allowed...His 142 SO in 2018 ranked second in the California League and third in the Padres system while his 170 SO in 2017 led all SD farmhands.
Split the majority of his season between San Antonio (AA) and El Paso (AAA) before having his contract selected by SD on Oct. 1 to make his second career ML start that same day @ SF (4.0 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 BB, 5 SO)...Made 13 app. (1 start) for ELP, going 1-0 with a 3.22 ERA (8 ER, 22.1 IP)…tossed 23 outings (10 starts) for SA, going 1-4 with a 4.64 ERA (27 ER, 52.1 IP) while converting both of his two save opportunities...Limited hitters to a .208 AVG along with a 3.04 ERA across 18 outings (1 start) in June/July...Posted eight scoreless outings (2 starts) of 2.0-or-more innings.
Did not pitch while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery (performed on September 14, 2019).
Made his ML debut for SD on April 11 at ARI and spent the rest of the season between Amarillo (AA) and the AZL Padres (R)…after ending his rehab program for a strained right elbow with the AZL Padres, Avila made 1 start for AMA in August before aggravating the injury and undergoing Tommy John surgery on September 14...Tossed 5.1 innings of 1-run, 4-hit ball in his ML debut on April 11 at ARI, striking out 5 and walking 1 but did not factor into SD's 7-6 eventual win…with his start, it marked the 1st time in SD history in which the team saw 3 debuts as a starting pitcher within the 1st 14 games of a season (also: Nick Margevicius on March 30 vs. SF and Chris Paddack on March 31 vs. SF)...The Padres posted 6 consecutive ML debuts of 5.0+ innings and 2 earned runs-or-fewer, with Avila's being the 4th...in order: Jacob Nix (2018), Nick Margevicius, Chris Paddack, Pedro Avila, Cal Quantrill and Logan Allen…the Padres became the 1st team to string together 6 straight such ML debuts overlapping seasons since the Los Angeles Dodgers from August 2002 to May 2008...Made just 1 start for AMA prior to his big league debut, a 1-run, 2-hit outing across 6.0 IP on April 6 at Corpus Christi…prior to 2019, he had not made an appearance above A-ball.
Avila (pronounced AH-vee-lah) spent the entire season with Lake Elsinore (A), going 7-9 with a 4.27 ERA (62 ER, 130.2 IP) across 24 appearances (20 starts)...Earned California League Mid-Season All-Star honors and logged a career-high 130.2 IP...his 142 SO led all LE hurlers, ranked second in the CAL and third in the Padres' system...Allowed three earned runs-or-fewer in eight of his 10 outings (3.72 ERA) in the first two months of the season from 4/8-5/31...For LE, earned the win in each of his six outings (three starts) from 7/5-8/5...went 4-0 with a 2.67 ERA (9 ER, 30.1 IP) and 33 SO against eight BB over the stretch...Recorded four double-digit SO games, including a season-high 11 punchouts in his season finale on 8/29 at Inland Empire.