Friday, December 4, 2009

Tri-City ValleyCats: Wander Alvino

Wander Alvino
How did he get here?: Signed contract prior to 2006 season
Stats: 5'11", 159 lbs, Throws: Right
Age as of April 1, 2010: 22


vs LHB31.24.26/1.7418:15.317
vs RHB39.25.90/1.1631:14.215
Bases Empty38.2x/1.5525:20.255
Runners On32.2x/1.2624:9.271

Season Total
K/9 Rate: 6.2
BB/9 Rate: 3.7
Groundout/Flyout Rate: 0.97
K:BB Ratio: 1.69

This is Alvino's fourth season in the Astros' organization, and his second in the States, pitching mainly as a reliever (1 start, 14 games) in 2008. In 2009, he did post the lowest WHIP of this career, though his K/9 ratio was down for the second straight year, and his BB/9 ratio jumping from 1.5 to 3.7. In Greeneville, Alvino walked seven batters (in 192 faced) all season long. For that to jump to 29 (in 309 BF) is alarming, as is the fact that he gives up more flyball outs than groundouts. His IP jumped 29.1 innings (again, the reliever-starter change will do that), just enough to keep him in the Verducci Zone. Where Alvino needs to work is against LHBs (.317 against, 18K:15BB), and with the bases empty, strangely. Six of the eight homers Alvino allowed came with the bases empty, as well as 20 of his 29 walks.