Avila was part of the Nationals' July 2 international signing class in 2014, agreeing to a deal for $50,000. But he joined the Padres two years later in the trade that sent Derek Norris to Washington, and he made an impact immediately. Avila's 2017 organizational debut was a strong one. Splitting time between Class A Fort Wayne and Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore in 2017, Avila led all Padres farmhands with 170 strikeouts, and he needed just 129 innings to do so. He posted a 3.70 ERA as a 20-year-old.
Avila racked up more gaudy strikeout totals in '18 at Elsinore before making the jump to Double-A Amarillo for the '19 season. He was even promoted to the Padres for a spot start in April, where he pitched 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball in Arizona. A couple weeks later, however, Avila experienced a right-elbow sprain and was shut down at Amarillo to rehab the injury.
A slightly undersized right-hander, Avila pitches with average fastball velocity, typically sitting at 92-93 mph. His plus curveball is a swing-and-miss offering, one thrown by design with varying velocities but consistent shape and action. His a changeup, which sits in the low 80s with plenty of movement, gets whiffs and weak contact, too. He has a good feel for all three pitches, albeit with slightly below-average command. Avila's ceiling is probably as a back-of-the-rotation starter, but his arsenal is already advanced enough to get big league hitters out.
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RHP Pedro Avila assigned to El Paso Chihuahuas.
San Diego Padres signed free agent RHP Pedro Avila to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
RHP Pedro Avila elected free agency.
San Diego Padres designated RHP Pedro Avila for assignment.
San Diego Padres recalled RHP Pedro Avila from Amarillo Sod Poodles.
Amarillo Sod Poodles placed RHP Pedro Avila on the 7-day injured list retroactive to August 16, 2019.
Amarillo Sod Poodles activated RHP Pedro Avila from the 7-day injured list.
Amarillo Sod Poodles sent RHP Pedro Avila on a rehab assignment to AZL Padres 1.
Amarillo Sod Poodles placed RHP Pedro Avila on the 7-day injured list retroactive to April 20, 2019.
San Diego Padres optioned RHP Pedro Avila to Amarillo Sod Poodles.
San Diego Padres recalled Pedro Avila from Amarillo Sod Poodles.
San Diego Padres selected the contract of Pedro Avila from Lake Elsinore Storm.
RHP Pedro Avila assigned to Bravos de Margarita.
RHP Pedro Avila assigned to Lake Elsinore Storm from Fort Wayne TinCaps.
RHP Pedro Avila assigned to Fort Wayne TinCaps from Tri-City Dust Devils.
RHP Pedro Avila assigned to Tri-City Dust Devils from Fort Wayne TinCaps.
RHP Pedro Avila assigned to Fort Wayne TinCaps from Lake Elsinore Storm.
San Diego Padres traded C Derek Norris to Washington Nationals for RHP Pedro Avila.
RHP Pedro Avila assigned to Lake Elsinore Storm.
Hagerstown Suns activated RHP Pedro Avila from the 7-day disabled list.
Hagerstown Suns placed RHP Pedro Avila on the 7-day disabled list.
Hagerstown Suns activated RHP Pedro Avila from the temporarily inactive list.
Hagerstown Suns placed RHP Pedro Avila on the temporarily inactive list.
RHP Pedro Avila assigned to Hagerstown Suns from GCL Nationals.
RHP Pedro Avila assigned to Washington Nationals.
RHP Pedro Avila assigned to GCL Nationals from DSL Nationals.
RHP Pedro Avila assigned to DSL Nationals.
Washington Nationals signed free agent RHP Pedro Avila to a minor league contract.