AVILES, LUIS

 

Position: Shortstop, Second Base

DOB: March 16, 1995

Height: 6’1″ / Weight: 170

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Drafted (30th round, 2013)

Profile: A native of Cuba who moved to the United States at age 12, Aviles was a 30th round draft choice by the Brewers in 2013 out of Southwest Miami High School. He made his professional debut in the AZL that same season, then moved up to Helena in 2014. He spent 2015 bouncing between Helena and Low-A Wisconsin, then returned to Wisconsin in 2016, putting together his best season to date. A versatile player who saw action at seven different positions with Wisconsin in 2016, Aviles has the range and defensive instincts to play shortstop, though some have questioned his arm strength in the past. At the plate, Aviles looked much improved in 2016, showing a better approach and increased power with more consistent playing time, though his swing can still get a bit long at times as he takes some massive cuts.

2013: Choosing to sign with the Brewers following the draft, Aviles was sent to Arizona, making his pro debut in Maryvale with the Brewers AZL affiliate. He appeared in 42 games there, hitting .207/.269/.256, driving in 14 runs and also scoring 14.

2014: Aviles moved up to Helena in 2014 and showed signs of growth, hitting .251/.303/.369 in 53 Pioneer League contests. He collected eight doubles, four triples and a pair of home runs while stealing 11 bases and scoring 24 runs.

2015: The Brewers gave Aviles a bump up to Low-A Wisconsin to begin the 2015 season but after he struggled there, they sent him back to extended spring training before moving him to Helena when their season began in June. He tore the cover off the ball there, hitting .356 in 15 games and returned to Wisconsin to finish out the season.

2016: Milwaukee sent Aviles back to Wisconsin in 2016 and he showed improvements in his game, driving the ball much better while playing all over the diamond. He saw action in 120 games with the Timber Rattlers and though he wore down as the season went on, he still managed to rack up 22 doubles, six triples and nine home runs while tying for the team lead in stolen bases with 21.