Luis Armando Avilán (born July 19, 1989) is a Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, and Philadelphia Phillies.
Avilán with the Mets in 2019
|New York Mets – No. 43|
|Born: July 19, 1989|
|July 14, 2012, for the Atlanta Braves|
|MLB statistics |
(through May 3, 2019)
|Earned run average||3.30|
Avilán signed with the Atlanta Braves as an international free agent in 2005 and he began his professional career the following year with the Braves affiliate in the Dominican Summer League. In 2008, he joined the Gulf Coast Braves, his first assignment to a domestic team. He was the GCL Braves pitcher of the month for August when he had a 2.93 ERA in three starts. In 2009, he was promoted to the Danville Braves of the Appalachian League, where he made 14 appearances, including three starts and had a 3.05 ERA with two saves. In 2010, he made 41 appearances between the Rome Braves of the South Atlantic League and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the Carolina League and was a combined 6–4 with a 4.33 ERA in 41 games. He also saved nine games that season as the closer for Myrtle Beach. In 2011, with the Mississippi Braves of the Southern League, he was 4–8 with a 4.57 ERA in 36 appearances, including 13 starts.
The Braves added him to their 40-man roster after the 2011 season to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. He began the 2012 season in Mississippi, where he was 3–6 with a 3.23 ERA 16 games (12 starts). He was promoted to the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves of the International League on July 4, 2012, but did not make an appearance for them.
On July 5, 2012, Avilán was called up by the Braves to replace the injured Jonny Venters. He made his first appearance on July 14 against the New York Mets, striking out the only batter he faced (Ike Davis). His first career win came on October 3 against the Pittsburgh Pirates on the final day of the season. In 31 appearances that season for the Braves, he had an ERA of 2.00.
Avilán made 75 appearances in 2013 (4th in the NL), posting a 1.52 earned run average with a .144 batting average against and .219 on base percentage. In addition, he made appearances in all four games of the 2013 NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers, allowing three hits but no runs in 2 2⁄3 innings.
However, he struggled through the first half of the 2014 season, recording a 4.85 ERA in 47 games. Avilán was demoted to Triple A Gwinnett on July 19, 2014, and replaced by Chasen Shreve. He would finish the 2014 season with a 4.57 ERA in 62 games. 2015 was kinder to Avilán in a Braves uniform, as in 50 appearances, he posted a 3.58 ERA with a 1.20 WHIP. During his time with the Braves, Radio Announcer Don Sutton would often sing Avilan’s name in a sing-song manner to the tune of Feliz Navidad. 
Los Angeles DodgersEdit
On July 30, 2015, in a three-team trade, the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Avilán, Mat Latos, Michael Morse, Bronson Arroyo, Alex Wood, Jim Johnson, and José Peraza, while the Miami Marlins acquired minor league pitchers Victor Araujo, Jeff Brigham, and Kevin Guzman, and the Braves received Héctor Olivera, Paco Rodriguez, minor league pitcher Zachary Bird and a competitive balance draft pick for the 2016 MLB Draft. He pitched in 23 games for the Dodgers with a 5.17 ERA.
At the conclusion of the season, the Dodgers signed him to a one-year, $1.39 million, contract to avoid salary arbitration though he began the season with the AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers after experiencing control problems in spring training. He split the season between the minors and the majors, appearing in 33 games for Oklahoma City, with a 4.24 ERA and 27 games for Los Angeles, with a 3.20 ERA. He also pitched in 3 2⁄3 innings in the playoffs between the 2016 National League Division Series and the 2016 National League Championship Series, without allowing any earned runs. He signed a $1.5 million contract for 2017, avoiding salary arbitration.
Avilán spent the entire 2017 season in the Dodgers bullpen. In 61 games, he had a 2–3 record and 2.93 ERA. He felt some pain in his shoulder in September, leading to a diagnosis of "shoulder inflammation." As a result he was left off the Dodgers playoff roster.
Chicago White SoxEdit
On January 4, 2018, Avilán was traded to the Chicago White Sox in a three-team trade that also sent Jake Peter and Scott Alexander to the Dodgers, Joakim Soria to the White Sox, and Trevor Oaks and Erick Mejia to the Kansas City Royals.
On August 22, 2018, Avilán was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for minor league pitcher Felix Paulino. Between the two teams, in 2018 he was 2-1 with two saves and a 3.77 ERA. He threw a change-up 48.1% of the time, tops in MLB. He elected free agency on November 30, 2018. In his career through 2018 he had held left-handed batters to a batting average of .213, and right-handed batters to a batting average of .244.
New York MetsEdit
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