- Full name Nicholas Paul Avila
- Born 07/25/1997 in Modesto, CA
- Profile Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 195 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Long Beach State
Drafted in the 26th round (776th overall) by the San Francisco Giants in 2019 (signed for $50,000).
View Draft ReportAvila pitched two years at San Joaquin Delta (Calif.) JC before transferring to Long Beach State this year. He had an oblique injury in the fall but bounced back to pitch effectively in the Dirtbags rotation in the spring. Avila pitches at 90-92 mph and touches 94 with sink on his fastball. He holds his velocity deep into his starts and induces a heavy volume of ground balls. His curveball and changeup both flash average and he throws enough strikes to remain a starter. Avila had ulnar nerve transposition surgery earlier in his career, so his health will need to be monitored.