The rough life of an underrated player. Jose Alvarez came to the Los Angeles Angels during Spring Training (March 21) by way of the Detroit Tigers, in exchange for Andrew Romine. Alvarez mades sparks of showing promise in the Angels future bullpen.
Alvarez spent most of 2014 on the disabled list and only facing three batters, pitching 2/3 of an inning with the Angels big club during the 2014 season. Alvarez did justice though, with one strikeout, one bases loaded hit, and a 80% strike ratio (10/8).
Alvarez pitched in six games with the Triple-A affiliate, Salt Lake Bees before going down for the majority of the season with an injury. In those six games, Alvarez started all, and could not put together two strong performances, posting a season 6.75 ERA and 1.63 WHIP. Alvarez came back late in the season and rehabbed with the Arizona League affiliate, pitching a scoreless inning.
2015 will be a big season for Alvarez, and the small lefty can help the Angels bullpen with his strong fastball/changeup combination. Alvarez is arbitration eligible through the 2017 season.
Alvarez's strongest pitch is his circle changeup, backed up by a high 80's/low 90's fastball. Alvarez was looking to develop his cutter, slider, and curve over the past season before hitting the disabled list. If he comes back healthy in March, he'll need to keep progressing his pitches and keep his mechanics consistent.
2014 MLB stats : 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 1 GF, 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HBP, 0 BK, 0 WP, 3 TBF, 0.13 FIP, 1.500 WHIP, 13.5 H/9, 0.0 HR/9, 0.0 BB/9, 13.5 K/9
2014 MiLB stats : 0-2, 6.54 ERA, 7 G, 7 GS, 31.2 IP, 35 H, 25 R, 23 ER, 8 HR, 16 BB, 17 K, 4 HBP, 0 BK, 0 WP, 146 TBF, 1.611 WHIP, 9.9 H/9, 2.3 HR/9, 4.5 BB/9, 4.8, K/9, 1.06 K/BB
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