Henderson Javier Álvarez (born April 18, 1990) is a Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher for the Saraperos de Saltillo of the Mexican League. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Toronto Blue Jays from 2011 through 2012, the Miami Marlins from 2013 through 2015, and the Philadelphia Phillies in 2017.

Henderson Álvarez III
Álvarez with the Toronto Blue Jays
Saraperos de Saltillo – No. 37
Starting pitcher
Born: (1990-04-18) April 18, 1990 (age 34)
Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 10, 2011, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Win–loss record27–35
Earned run average3.82
Career highlights and awards

Álvarez debuted in MLB with the Blue Jays in 2011, and was traded to the Marlins after the 2012 season. He threw a no-hitter for the Marlins on the last day of the 2013 season, and was named an MLB All-Star during the 2014 season. He did not pitch in MLB during the 2016 season due to a shoulder injury.

Early life edit

Henderson Javier Álvarez was born on April 18, 1990 in Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela.

Professional career edit

Minor leagues edit

Álvarez signed with the Toronto Blue Jays as an international free agent, and made his professional baseball debut in 2007 with the Dominican Summer Blue Jays of the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League, pitching to a 1–2 win–loss record with a 5.61 earned run average (ERA).[1]

Álvarez subsequently moved to the United States, where he pitched for the Gulf Coast Blue Jays of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, going 1–4 with a 5.63 ERA and a strikeout to walk ratio of 5.67. He was promoted to the Lansing Lugnuts of the Class A Midwest League for the 2009 season, where he was an All-Star with a 9–6 win–loss record and a 3.47 ERA. He played 2010 with the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League. He was named an All-Star and was selected to appear in the All-Star Futures Game,[2] finishing the season with an 8–7 record with a 4.33 ERA. He started the 2011 season with Dunedin, but was promoted after two starts to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Class AA Eastern League. He was again named an All-Star and made his second appearance in the Futures Game, finishing the year with an 8–4 record and a 2.86 ERA.

Toronto Blue Jays (2011–2012) edit

On August 9, 2011, the Blue Jays promoted Álvarez to the major leagues. He took the rotation spot of Carlos Villanueva, and made his major league debut on August 10 against the Oakland Athletics[3][4] pitching 523 innings and giving up 3 earned runs on 8 hits, with 4 strikeouts and 1 walk.[5]

On August 31, Álvarez recorded his first major league win in a 13–0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. He pitched eight full innings, giving up three hits, no walks and recording five strikeouts. At 21 years and 135 days, Álvarez becomes the youngest Blue Jays' pitcher to record a win since Kelvim Escobar in 1997, and the youngest starting pitcher to record the win for the Jays since Phil Huffman in 1979.[6] He made 10 starts for the Blue Jays, going 1–3 in 63+23 innings. He issued eight walks while striking out 40.[citation needed]

On May 4, 2012, Álvarez threw his first career complete game and shutout, defeating the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4–0. With teammate Brandon Morrow throwing a shutout the previous night, they became the first Blue Jays to throw back-to-back shutouts since Jack Morris and Al Leiter on June 16 and 17, 1993.[7] Álvarez finished the 2012 season with a 9–14 record and a 4.85 ERA in 31 starts. He struck out 79 batters in 187+13 innings pitched, which resulted in the lowest strikeout rates in the Majors (3.80 K/9) in 2012.

Miami Marlins (2013–2015) edit

On November 19, 2012, the Blue Jays traded Álvarez to the Miami Marlins along with Adeiny Hechavarria, Jeff Mathis, Yunel Escobar, Jake Marisnick, Anthony DeSclafani, and Justin Nicolino in exchange for Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, José Reyes, John Buck, and Emilio Bonifacio.[8] Alvarez spent most of the first half of the 2013 regular season on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. He was activated from the 60-day disabled list on July 4, and made his first start as a Marlin that night against the Atlanta Braves.[9] Álvarez received a no-decision in his Marlins debut, pitching five innings and giving up three earned runs in a 4–3 win. Álvarez earned his first win as a Marlin on July 26, against the Pittsburgh Pirates.[citation needed]

On September 29, 2013, the final game of the Marlins 2013 season, Álvarez threw the 282nd no-hitter in MLB history, in a game against the Detroit Tigers. He allowed three base runners on an error, a walk, and a hit batter as the Marlins walked off in the bottom of the ninth inning on a wild pitch, 1–0. He became the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the final game of the regular season since Mike Witt in 1984, when he did so for the California Angels.[10] Álvarez finished the 2013 season with a 5–6 record in 17 starts. Through 17 starts, Álvarez pitched 10223 innings while allowing just two home runs. The previous season he had allowed 29 home runs.

Álvarez opened the 2014 season with two complete game shutouts in his first seven starts.[11] He was named an All-Star.[12] After earning an 8–5 record with a 2.48 ERA and a league-leading three shutouts, Álvarez went on the disabled list on August 1 with shoulder inflammation.[13] before being activated on August 16.[14] He finished the 2014 season with a 12–7 record, the most wins for a Marlins pitcher, and a 2.65 ERA with 111 strikeouts.[15]

The Marlins named Álvarez their Opening Day starting pitcher in 2015.[16] In April 2015, Álvarez went on the disabled list when an MRI revealed inflammation in his shoulder and elbow.[15][17] After going 0–4 with an ERA over 6.00, he was declared out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery on July 28.[18] On December 2, the Marlins opted not to tender Álvarez a contract, making him a free agent.[19]

Oakland Athletics edit

On December 28, 2015, Álvarez signed a one-year, $4.25 million contract with the Oakland Athletics, with an additional $1.6 million available in incentives.[20] While rehabilitating in the minor leagues, he left a game in July due to shoulder discomfort.[21] After only pitching in 33 innings in the minors, Álvarez underwent shoulder surgery in September.[22]

The Athletics outrighted Álvarez to the Nashville Sounds of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League on October 7, 2016,[23] and he then elected for free agency.[24]

Long Island Ducks edit

On July 14, 2017, Álvarez signed with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, an independent baseball league.[25] He started seven games for the Ducks.[26]

Philadelphia Phillies (2017) edit

On August 22, 2017, Álvarez signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.[27] He made three starts for Lehigh Valley IronPigs of the Class AAA International League, and the Phillies promoted him to the major leagues on September 11.[26] He elected free agency on October 6, 2017.

Tigres de Quintana Roo edit

On March 14, 2018, Álvarez signed with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican League.[28]

Washington Nationals edit

On November 16, 2018, Álvarez signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals. He was released on July 1, 2019.

Tigres de Quintana Roo (second stint) edit

On July 20, 2019, Álvarez signed with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican League.

Milwaukee Milkmen edit

On August 5, 2020, Álvarez signed with the Milwaukee Milkmen of the American Association. On August 9, Álvarez signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. However, the deal fell apart on August 16. He made 5 starts for the team, recording a 2.90 ERA and 2-1 record with 22 strikeouts in 31.0 innings pitched. Álvarez won the American Association championship with the Milkmen in 2020.[29]

Tigres de Quintana Roo (third stint) edit

On September 18, 2020, after the American Association season, Álvarez was returned to the Tigres de Quintana Roo. On May 3, 2021, Álvarez was released by the Tigres.[30]

Leones de Yucatán edit

On December 28, 2021, Álvarez signed with the Leones de Yucatán of the Mexican League for the 2022 season.[31] In 2022, he made 17 starts, registering a 7-4 record and 4.43 ERA with 43 strikeouts in 91.1 innings pitched. Álvarez won the Mexican League Championship with the Leones in 2022.[32] In 2023 Alvarez made 15 starts and went 6-4 with a 3.68 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 78.1 innings.

Saraperos de Saltillo edit

On November 28, 2023, Álvarez was traded to the Saraperos de Saltillo of the Mexican League.[33]

Pitching style edit

Álvarez is a sinkerballer with a 92–95 mph sinker, a 93–96 mph four-seam fastball, an 84–87 mph slider, and an 85–89 mph changeup. He also throws an occasional cutter (87–90). The slider is mostly to right-handed hitters and the changeup mostly against lefties. His pitches all have below-average whiff rates, and his strikeouts per 9 innings rate is only 4.1 as of 27 August 2012. However, his sinker has a ground ball/fly ball ratio of about 4:1.[34]

See also edit

References edit

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Preceded by No-hitter pitcher
September 29, 2013
Succeeded by