Roy Emilio "R.J." Alvarez (born June 8, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Boston Red Sox organization. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Diego Padres and Oakland Athletics.

R. J. Alvarez
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Alvarez with the Oakland Athletics
Boston Red Sox
Born: (1991-06-08) June 8, 1991 (age 28)
West Palm Beach, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 3, 2014, for the San Diego Padres
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Win–loss record0–0
Earned run average7.39


Alvarez attended Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach, Florida, and Florida Atlantic University, where he played college baseball for the Florida Atlantic Owls.[1][2] In 2010, he played collegiate summer baseball for the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod Baseball League, and was named an All-Star.[3] After spending his freshman and sophomore season as a starting pitcher, he was moved to the bullpen before his junior season.[4]

Los Angeles AngelsEdit

Alvarez was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the third round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.[5] In 2013, he had a 2.96 earned run average with 79 strikeouts over 48 ​23 innings pitched. Prior to the 2014 season, Alvarez was ranked by Baseball America as the Angels fourth best prospect.[6] He started the season with the Arkansas Travelers.

San Diego PadresEdit

On July 19, 2014, Alvarez was traded to the San Diego Padres with José Rondón, Taylor Lindsey, and Elliot Morris in exchange for Huston Street and Trevor Gott.[7] He was called up to the majors for the first time on September 2, 2014. He made his major league debut on September 3.

Oakland AthleticsEdit

On December 18, 2014, the Padres traded Alvarez and Jesse Hahn to the Oakland Athletics for Derek Norris, Seth Streich, and international bonus slot 117.[8] In 21 appearances in 2015, he posted a 9.90 ERA.[9]

Chicago CubsEdit

Alvarez was claimed off waivers by Chicago Cubs on June 11, 2016, and immediately sent down to the AAA affiliate Iowa Cubs.[citation needed]

Texas RangersEdit

He was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers on September 10.[citation needed] Alvarez elected free agency on November 2, 2018.[10]

Miami MarlinsEdit

On November 26, 2018, Alvarez signed a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins with an invitation to spring training.[1] He opened the 2019 season with the New Orleans Baby Cakes. He became a free agent following the 2019 season.[11]

Boston Red SoxEdit

On December 20, 2019, the Boston Red Sox signed Alvarez to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.[12]


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  2. ^ Joe Girvan, ESPN 760, NewsChannel 5. "Top pitcher R. J. Alvarez plays for FAU". WPTV. Retrieved December 19, 2014.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "FAU's R.J. Alvarez a Cope Cod League All-Star". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  4. ^ "Baseball preview: UCF at FAU". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  5. ^ "Baseball's R.J. Alvarez Selected in MLB Draft". Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  6. ^ "2014 Los Angeles Angels Top 10 Prospects". Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  7. ^ "Padres announce six-player trade with Los Angeles Angels". San Diego Padres. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  8. ^ "Padres trade Jesse Hahn, R.J. Alvarez to A's for Derek Norris -". U-T San Diego. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  9. ^ "R.J. Alvarez Stats". Retrieved July 8, 2017.
  10. ^ Eddy, Matt (November 6, 2018). "Minor League Free Agents 2018". Baseball America. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  11. ^ Matt Eddy (November 7, 2019). "Minor League Free Agents 2019". Baseball America. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  12. ^ "Red Sox Roster & Staff – Transactions". December 2019. Retrieved December 20, 2019.

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