7th minor league season
5'11" 200 pounds
Bats R/Throws R
Profile: Alvarez is from Venezuela, and was originally signed by the Expos in 2004, but never progressed or made it to full-season A-ball in 3 years (he missed 2005 due to an injury). The Mets, hearing that he was a former Expo, and we all know how much Omar loved his former Expos, signed him in 2007. He wasn't impressive until something clicked, and in 2010 he was a one of the best relievers in the minors, with a 0.85 WHIP (lead the minors), and he was 4th in Strikeout to Walk Ratio (7.0). The Mets added him to the 40-man roster in November to prevent him from being selected in the Rule 5 draft.
The Good: He's a four-pitch pitcher, with a ceiling of a middle reliever. His fastball sits at 91-92, touching 93. He also mixes in a cutter, slider and an occasional change-up. He hides the ball well and creates some deception with his delivery.
The Bad: Before a great 2010 year (in High A and Double A), he was nothing special, and was hit hard when he went to AAA last year. His numbers from winter-ball were OK (9Ks to 8 walks).
Role: He will likely begin in AAA and depending on how he progresses, he could be a part of the 2011 Mets bullpen for the 2nd half.
|These two guys may be pitching together for a number of years (Beato)|
Video of his Mechanics (only need to watch the 1st 4 seconds):
My Major League Projection: 25 innings, 4.20 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 20Ks, 7BB.
Next scouting report: Pedro Beato.
Previous 2011 Scouting Reports: Manny Acosta