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Orioles minor leaguer Xavier Avery makes catch-of-the-year candidate (video)

Triple-A Norfolk outfielder Xavier Avery played baseball and football in high school. He was darn good at both. After the Orioles took him in the second round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft, he had to turn down a football scholarship to Georgia. Coach Mark Richt had recruited him as an "athlete."

On Saturday night, against the Columbus Clippers, the Tides' 26-year-old looked more like a certain former Georgia Tech star.

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Calvin Johnson, anyone?

Avery has a handful of these kind of catches on his highlight reel, but there's nothing quite like a full-extension, catch-up-to-the-ball rundown.

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Avery has bounced around the minors since the Orioles called him up in May 2012. He was traded to the Seattle Mariners in 2013 in exchange for Michael Morse, signed a minor league contract with the Detroit Tigers in 2014 and the San Francisco Giants and Minnesota Twins in 2015 before returning to the Orioles this past offseason.

He's batting .256/.333/.383 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 57 games this year.

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