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Tigers' Alex Avila deserves closer look

Updated: April 20, 2011, 12:46 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

While we won't see this Detroit Tigers catcher-designated hitter alignment for a few weeks, I thought things were working out pretty well with Alex Avila handling most of the duties behind the plate and Victor Martinez spending his time without a glove. On Tuesday, the Tigers placed Martinez on the 15-day disabled list with a sore groin, an injury that shouldn't set him or fantasy owners back too much, but it does shine the light on Detroit's actual starting catcher.

Avila enters Wednesday sixth at his position on the ESPN Player Rater, ahead of Martinez (12th), and as someone that owns Avila in a few leagues I've certainly been pleased. The New York Yankees aren't the only team with two top fantasy catchers so far. The Tigers have a pair, too, and among Avila, Martinez, Jorge Posada and Russell Martin, Avila is easily the youngest and the one teeming with upside.

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