Open main menu

José Álvarez (baseball, born 1989)

José Ricardo Álvarez (born May 6, 1989) is a Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels.

José Álvarez
José Álvarez on June 9, 2013.jpg
Álvarez with the Detroit Tigers
Philadelphia Phillies – No. 52
Born: (1989-05-06) May 6, 1989 (age 30)
Barcelona, Anzoátegui, Venezuela
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
June 9, 2013, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
(through August 21, 2019)
Win–loss record15–21
Earned run average3.59

In the minor leagues, Álvarez was a 2009 New York–Penn League mid-season All Star, and a 2011 Florida State League mid-season All Star. In the winter of 2014–15, he was named Venezuelan Professional Baseball League Pitcher of the Year. He made his major league debut in 2013. In 2018 he was second in the American League in appearances, with 76.



Álvarez was born in Barcelona, Anzoátegui, Venezuela.

Boston Red Sox (2005–09)Edit

He was signed as an international free agent by the Boston Red Sox in July 2005.[1] In 2006 with the DSL Red Sox of the Dominican Summer League, Álvarez was 2–1 with a 1.61 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 61.2 innings. In 2007 with the GCL Red Sox of the Gulf Coast League he was 4–1 with a 1.84 ERA (third in the league) and 38 strikeouts in 49 innings.[2][3] In 2008 with the Greenville Drive of the Class A South Atlantic League he was 8–9 with a 5.70 ERA, and 86 strikeouts in 118 innings.[2]

In 2009, pitching for the Lowell Spinners in the A- New York-Pennsylvania League, Álvarez was a mid-season All Star, and ended the season 8–3 for the Spinners with a 1.52 ERA (3rd in the league, and tops in the Boston farm system), and 63 strikeouts in 83 innings.[2][4][3] He also pitched for the Salem Red Sox in the Class A+ Carolina League, and was 1–1 with a 4.74 ERA, and 11 strikeouts in 24.2 innings.[2]

Florida Marlins (2010–12)Edit

Álvarez 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] In 2010 Álvarez was third in the Class A South Atlantic League in wins as he went 10–3 with the Greensboro Grasshoppers with a 3.58 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 108 innings.[5]

In 2011, pitching for the Jupiter Hammerheads in the A+ Florida State League, Álvarez was a mid-season All Star, and ended the season 6–5 for the Hammerheads with a 2.96 ERA, with 73 strikeouts in 82 innings.[2][4] He was a two-time winner of the best changeup in the Florida Marlins farm system.[6]

In 2012 he pitched for the Jacksonville Suns in the AA Southern League. Álvarez was league Pitcher of the Week for the week ended June 25, and for the season was 6–9 with a 4.22 ERA, with 3 complete games (tied for the league lead), 1.66 walks per nine innings (tops among league starters), and 70 strikeouts in 136.1 innings.[2][3]

Detroit Tigers (2012–14)Edit

At the end of the 2012 season Álvarez was released, and he was picked up by the Detroit Tigers on November 8, 2012, as a minor league free agent.[3]

Álvarez was invited as a non-roster free agent by the Detroit Tigers to their 2013 spring training.[7] He played for 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.[8]

Álvarez was called up to the majors for the first time on June 9, 2013, and made his debut starting in place of Aníbal Sánchez.[9] He recorded a win and a quality start, pitching six innings while striking out seven against the Cleveland Indians.[8] He was sent back to the Toledo Mud Hens that same day[10] and was recalled June 20 to start again in place of Sánchez. On August 28, Alvarez was sent back to Toledo. In 2013 with the Tigers he was 1–5 with one save and a 5.82 ERA, with 31 strikeouts in 38.2 innings.[11] With Toledo, he was 8–6 with a 2.80 ERA (4th in the league), 5th in the league with a .235 batting average against and 1.79 walks per nine innings, and 115 strikeouts (10th) in 128.2 innings.[11][3] He was named Detroit Tigers 2013 Minor League Pitcher of the Year.[3] Baseball America named him as having the best change up and control in the International League.[3]

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels (2014–18)Edit

On March 21, 2014, the Tigers traded Álvarez to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for shortstop Andrew Romine.[12] He made two scoreless appearances for the Angels in 2014.[11]

In the winter of 2014–15 he pitched for the Caribes de Anzoategui of the Venezuelan Winter League, and was named Venezuelan Winter League Pitcher of the Year after leading the league in wins. Álvarez was 6–1 with two saves and a 1.91 ERA, with 40 strikeouts in 56.2 innings.[4][13]

Álvarez was called upon by the Angels 64 times in the 2015 season, posting a 4–3 record with a 3.49 ERA, and 59 strikeouts in 67 IP.[11] He was tied for sixth in the American League with 19 relief appearances of more than one inning pitched.[3]

In 2016, Álvarez made 64 appearances for the Angels. He registered a 1–3 record and an ERA of 3.45, with 51 strikeouts in ​57 13 innings.[11]

He pitched in four games for Team Venezuela in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.[3]

Álvarez made 64 appearances for the third straight season in 2017 for the Angels, registering an 0–3 record with one save and an ERA of 3.88 and 45 strikeouts in ​48 23 innings.[11] Among left-handed relief pitchers, his 83% stranded rate was 6th in the major leagues (minimum 30 innings).[3] Lefthanders batted .245/.252/.462 against him, with one walk and 26 strikeouts.[14]

In 2018, Álvarez was 6–4 with one save and posted career bests in games (76; 2nd-most in the American League), wins (6), and ERA (2.71; 4th among left-handed AL relievers), and tied his career high with 59 strikeouts.[11][15] He allowed three home runs over 63 innings, and limited left-handed batters to batting .206/.265/.338 against him with nine walks and 34 strikeouts.[15][16][17] He was 5th among all MLB relievers, stranding 86.0% of inherited runners.[18]

Philadelphia Phillies (2019–present)Edit

On December 6, 2018, Álvarez was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies, for relief pitcher Luis Garcia.[15] Alvarez made his first start in 5 years on June 1, 2019, as the Phillie's opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "José Alvarez". Archived from the original on May 9, 2013. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Jose Alvarez Winter & Minor Leagues Statistics & History |
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j José Álvarez Stats, Fantasy & News |
  4. ^ a b c Jose Alvarez Stats, Highlights, Bio | Stats | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball
  5. ^ 2010 South Atlantic League Pitching Leaders |
  6. ^ "Know your James Mungro Memorial Award Nominee: Jose Alvarez". The Detroit Hustle. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  7. ^ Snyder, Matt (January 16, 2013). "Detroit Tigers Sign Don Kelly, Invite 16 Others To Spring Training". Motor City Bengals. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
  8. ^ a b Nightengale, Bobby (June 9, 2013). "Alvarez deals gem in debut as Tigers sweep Tribe". Retrieved June 9, 2013.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Beck, Jason (June 9, 2013). "Tigers' middle relief a concern for Leyland". Retrieved June 9, 2013.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g Jose Alvarez Stats |
  12. ^ "Detroit Tigers acquire shortstop Andrew Romine, send Jose Alvarez to Los Angeles Angels". March 21, 2014.
  13. ^ 2014-15 Caribes de Anzoategui Statistics |
  14. ^ Jose Alvarez 2017 Pitching Splits |
  15. ^ a b c Jose Alvarez, Luis Garcia traded |
  16. ^ Angels Trade Jose Alvarez To Phillies - MLB Trade Rumors
  17. ^ Phillies acquire relief pitcher José Alvarez from Angels in exchange for Luis Garcia | NBC Sports Philadelphia
  18. ^ José Álvarez Stats, Fantasy & News |

External linksEdit