Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Greeneville Astros: Luis Alvarez

Maybe you've noticed that Team MVP Jose Altuve has been skipped. And you're right, because we're looking at players with the highest level team with which they've played. So now we look at catcher Luis Alvarez:

Luis Alvarez
How did he get here?: Signed contract prior to 2007 season
Stats: 5'11", 198 lbs, Bats: Right Throws: Right
Age as of April 1, 2010: 20

Season line: 17 games, 53 PAs. 13x48 - .271/.340/.396 - 4XBH-8RBI. 11K:3BB

Splits:
vs. LHP (8ABs): .125/.222/.500, 1K:1BB, 1XBH-3RBI
vs. RHP (40ABs): .300/.364/.375, 10K:2BB, 3XBH-5RBI

Home (27ABs): .222/.300/.370, 6K:2BB, 2XBH-6RBI
Away (21ABs): .333/.391/.429, 5K:1BB, 2XBH-2RBI

Bases Empty (20ABs): .227/.348/.250, 3K:2BB, 0XBH-0RBI
Runners on (28ABs): .286/.333/.500, 8K:1BB, 4XBH-8RBI
w/RISP (19ABs): .263/.263/.526, 4K:0BB, 3XBH-8RBI

June (11ABs): .273/.273/.364, 2K:0BB, 1XBH-0RBI
July (37ABs): .270/.357/.405, 9K:3BB, 3XBH-8RBI

K/PA rate: 20.7%
XBH/H rate: 30.8%
K:BB ratio: 3.67

Alvarez allowed six passed balls in 17 games behind the plate, and committed three errors on top of that, so defensively it was a down year for him, and he threw out 25% (6x24) of baserunners. This is also down from 08 in the Venezuelan Summer League, where he threw out 6 of 11 baserunners.

This was Alvarez' third season in the organization, and his first in the States. He traditionally has had a much better K:BB rate (32:32 in 08), but 53PAs just isn't enough to get a good look through the stats. He only played until July 26. Why? That's why we have Citizen Steve. Take it away, Citizen Steve:

Alvarez's season was cut short by injury. But he was impressive, and getting better, behind the plate. The injury happened when he was backing up a play at first, caught a spike, and messed up his knee - I heard it was cartilage damage.

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