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Michael Anthony Avilés (born March 13, 1981 in New York City, New York) is a Puerto Rican-American Major League Baseball shortstop for the Kansas City Royals.

Avilés graduated from Middletown High School in Middletown, New York in 1999 and was a Division II All-American shortstop at Concordia College, in Bronxville, New York. He was named Division II player of the year in 2003, after hitting .500 with 83 runs, 22 homers and 65 RBI in 45 games.

His professional baseball career began when he was chosen in the 7th round of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft by the Kansas City Royals and offered an "insulting" $1,000 signing bonus. He spent 2004 with the Wilmington Blue Rocks in the Carolina League and 2005 with the Wichita Wranglers in the Texas League. He then spent 2006 and 2007 with the Omaha Royals of the Pacific Coast League, becoming the Royals' Minor League Player of The Year in 2007. He started 2008 in the minors, batting .338 with 10 home runs and 42 RBI in just 50 games with Omaha.

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