José Álvarez (baseball, born 1989)

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José Álvarez
José Álvarez on June 9, 2013.jpg
Álvarez with the Detroit Tigers
Los Angeles Angels – No. 48
Born: (1989-05-06) May 6, 1989 (age 28)
Barcelona, Anzoátegui, Venezuela
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
June 9, 2013, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Win–loss record 6–14
Earned run average 3.98
Strikeouts 187

José Ricardo Álvarez (born May 6, 1989) is a Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball.


Boston Red Sox[edit]

Alvarez was signed as an international free agent by the Boston Red Sox in July 2005.[1]

Florida Marlins[edit]

He advanced as high as Class A ball before being traded in November 2009 with Hunter Jones to the Florida Marlins organization for Jeremy Hermida.[1] Alvarez went 10–3 with the Class A Greensboro Grasshoppers in 2010, and spent the following two seasons advancing in the Marlins organization. He was a two-time winner of the best changeup in the Florida Marlins farm system.[2]

Detroit Tigers[edit]

At the end of the 2012 season, he was released and was picked up by the Detroit Tigers.

Alvarez was invited as a non-roster free agent by the Detroit Tigers to their 2013 spring training.[3] He remained with the Tigers, advancing to the Class AAA Toledo Mud Hens, where by June 2013 he was leading the International League in strikeouts, Walks plus hits per innings pitched (WHIP), and baserunners per nine innings.[4]

Alvarez was called up to the majors for the first time on June 9, 2013, and made his debut starting in place of Aníbal Sánchez.[5] He recorded a win and a quality start, pitching six innings while striking out seven against the Cleveland Indians.[4] He was sent back to the Toledo Mud Hens that same day[6] and was recalled June 20 to start again in the place of Sánchez. On August 28, Alvarez was sent back to Toledo.

Los Angeles Angels[edit]

On March 21, 2014, the Tigers traded Álvarez to the Los Angeles Angels for shortstop Andrew Romine.[7] He made two scoreless appearances for the Angels in 2014, then was called upon 64 times in the 2015 season, posting a 3.49 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 67 IP.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "José Alvarez". Archived from the original on May 9, 2013. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Know your James Mungro Memorial Award Nominee: Jose Alvarez". The Detroit Hustle. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ Snyder, Matt (January 16, 2013). "Detroit Tigers Sign Don Kelly, Invite 16 Others To Spring Training". Motor City Bengals. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Nightengale, Bobby (June 9, 2013). "Alvarez deals gem in debut as Tigers sweep Tribe". Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ Schmehl, James (June 8, 2013). "Detroit Tigers will call up starter Jose Alvarez from Toledo, will make corresponding move after game". Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ Beck, Jason (June 9, 2013). "Tigers' middle relief a concern for Leyland". Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Detroit Tigers acquire shortstop Andrew Romine, send Jose Alvarez to Los Angeles Angels". March 21, 2014. 

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