Longtime Dodgers scout Ralph Avila passed away on Monday, according to multiple reports. He was 92 years old.
Avila, the father of former Tigers general manager Al Avila and grandfather of longtime MLB catcher Alex Avila, was first hired by the Dodgers in 1970 as a scout in Latin America. As Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register notes, Ralph Avila was the signing scout when L.A. first landed Pedro Martínez as an amateur out of the Dominican Republic. The Hall of Fame right-hander was one of a number of players Avila brought into the organization over a scouting career that lasted three decades.
Part of a group that helped found the rookie-level Dominican Summer League in 1985, Avila also helped organize the Dodgers’ academy in the Dominican Republic. He retired as a scout in 1999 but remained an advisor to the Los Angeles organization for more than two decades thereafter. Avila was on staff as an advisor to the Dodgers’ scouting department as recently as 2021 and was the first recipient of Major League Baseball’s International Scout of the Year award in 2006.
MLBTR sends our condolences to Avila’s family, friends, loved ones and former colleagues.