Guillermo Jose Avilés Difurno
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 1", Weight 165 lb.
- High School EPEF Simón Bolívar y Palacios
Guillermo Aviles has played in Cuba's top league, as did his father Guillermo Aviles Sr.
Aviles played for Cuba in the 2008 Pan American Youth Championship. In the 2009 World Youth Championship, he hit .500/.636/1.120 with 11 runs and 9 RBI in 7 games. He homered twice and drove in six in the opener against Australia and was a triple shy of the cycle against the Netherlands. He led the event in fielding percentage (75 chances, no errors), was 6th in average (between Rougned Odor and Tzu-Wei Lin), was 3rd in slugging (after JoMarcos Woods and Austin Cousino), was second in OBP (.097 behind Woods), tied Kun-Yu Wen for 5th in runs, led in home runs (3), tied Katsushi Nakamichi for 3rd with 28 total bases and tied for second in walks (7). Cuba won the Silver Medal and Aviles made the All-Star team as the top 1B.
In the 2010 World Junior Championship, he again had a great opener, coming a triple shy of a cycle against Panama. He hit .370/.452/.741 with 10 runs in 7 games for the Bronze Medal winners. He tied Blake Swihart and Francisco Lindor for 5th in slugging, tied Lindor and Tony Wolters for 2nd in runs (2 behind Lin), tied for second in homers (2, one behind Ryan Battaglia), tied for 2nd with 20 total bases (6 shy of Lin),
He made his Cuban Serie Nacional debut with Granma in 2010-2011, hitting .250/.348/.350, backing up Yordanis Samón at 1B. In 2011-2012, he produced at a .267/.348/.375 as a regularly-used bench player. By 2012-2013, he had succeeded Samón as the starter, hitting .335/.442/.593 with 55 RBI in 73 games. He tied for 10th in the league with 11 homers and was 10th in RBI (between Yurisbel Gracial and Yunior Paumier).
Aviles opened 2013-2014 with a .301/.395/.445 batting line in the first half for Granma. When Granma did not make the second half, he moved to Holguín and hit .239/.355/.565 with 8 HR in 31 G for them. Overall, he tied for 4th in the league in triples (4), tied Ariel Sánchez for 5th in homers, was 10th in RBI and ranked 9th in slugging (between Lisbán Correa and Yadiel Hernández). He was mostly a DH that year as Samón reclaimed the first base job.
Guillermo moved to LF in 2014-2015, switching positions with Alfredo Despaigne. Aviles produced at a .301/.397/.472 clip with 64 runs, 69 RBI and 12 home runs in 84 games. He was on the leaderboard in runs (tied with Yadiel Hernández for 3rd), hits (98, 7th, between Urmanis Guerra and Luis La O), home runs (tied for 6th with Liván Monteagudo and José Adolis García), total bases (154, tied for 4th with Despaigne and Yosvani Alarcón), RBI (4th, between Despaigne and Alexander Malleta) and strikeouts (57, 2nd, 10 behind García).
The Bayamo native kept on rolling in 2015-2016, hitting .347/.436/.490. He tied Ariel Sánchez for 7th in hits (104), tied Paumier for 9th in doubles (18), tied Eduardo Blanco for 3rd in triples (5), led with 10 sacrifice flies (2 over Yorbis Borroto), tied Jefferson Delgado for 8th in average and was 10th in OBP. He reinforced Ciego de Ávila for the 2016 Caribbean Series, going 3 for 6 with two walks. He also played for Ciego de Ávila in the Cuban playoffs, after Granma missed out, and hit .294/.342/.500 to help the team win the title.