Xavier Tyrone Avery…resides in Tampa, FL…graduated from Cedar Grove (GA) High School…originally selected by Baltimore in the 2nd round of the 2008 June draft…signed by Orioles scout Dave Jennings.
Acquired from Baltimore on Aug. 30 in exchange for OF Michael Morse. Appeared in 3 games for AAA Tacoma, batting .500 (6x12).Went 5-for-5 with 3 runs scored, double, home run and 3 RBI Sept. 1 vs. Sacramento. In Baltimore organization, split season between AAA Norfolk (81 G) and AA Bowie (39 G). Combined to bat .266 (124x467) with 23 doubles, 4 triples, 4 home runs and 38 RBI in 123 minor league games. Ranked 3rd in the Orioles organization with 29 stolen bases. Recalled from AAA Norfolk on June 6, but did not appear, and optioned on June 7.
Made his ML debut, 5/13 vs. TB after having his contract selected from Triple-A Norfolk that day ... Had four stints with the O's (5/13-29, 6/28-30, 7/3-12 & 9/1-end of season) ... Reached safely in 10 of 11 games, 5/14-25 (.279/.367/.419 with 5 multi-hit games) following an 0-for-4 game in his debut ... Collected career-high 3H, 7/3 @SEA ... Recorded first hit (2B & 3B), run and RBI of his major league career, 5/14 vs. NYY ... Made 23 starts in LF for the O's, with the team going 11-12 in those games ... Batted .236/.330/.356 with 8HR, 34RBI and team-best five triples, 57R and 22SB in 102 games for the Tides ... Led Norfolk in R (57), SB (22) and 3B (5) while ranking among team leaders in BB (2nd, 51) and H (4th, 92) ... 22 SB ranked 4th among all O's minor leaguers ... Had season-high eight-game hitting streak, 4/15-24 ... Had 7 multi-hit games over an 11 game stretch, 5/4-6/1 ... Had a season-high 4H, 7/23 at Syracuse ... Led Norfolk with 7 outfield assists ... Batted .286/.313/.357 with 3 SB and 6 RBI in 13 spring training games (28 AB), his first ML camp (non-roster invitee)
Led the Baysox in games played (138), hits (144), doubles (31) and sacrifice bunts (14), was second in runs scored (72) and fourth in walks (49)...Also led Bowie and the Eastern League in at-bats (557) and was second on the team (fourth in the EL) in stolen bases with 36...Had a team-high 15-game hit streak, July 16-29...Was named to the Eastern League mid-season All-Star team as a centerfielder.
Was named to the Carolina League Post-Season All-Star Team...Was rated as the third best prospect in the Orioles' organization by Baseball America following the 2010 season...Finished fourth in the Carolina League with 28 steals...Was promoted to Double-A Bowie on July 28 and hit safely in 11 of his first 12 games with the Baysox...Drove in a career-high four runs three times with Bowie (August 17 at Trenton, August 21 against Richmond and August 29 at New Britain).
Led the club in triples (8), games played (129) and was second in hits (124) and stolen bases (30)...In the month of May hit .340 with five doubles, four triples, a home run, 13 runs scored, ten walks and six stolen bases...Set new career highs with five hits and four runs scored in a game on June 10 at Lake County...Hit .304 (14-46) in his last 12 games of the season.
Had first four-hit game of his career July 25 against the GCL Twins.