Ht: 5'9" Wt: 175 B-T: S-R
Acquired: Signed as UDFA in March of 2014
FutureSox Prospect Rankings
- #30 - 2015 Preseason
- #24 - 2015 Midseason
- #14 - 2016 Preseason
- #26 - 2016 Midseason
- #23 - 2017 Preseason
- Interview, August 2014
- In-person Game Report with video and scouting report, May 2015
- VIDEO: Full At Bat, May 2015
- Interview (from Blogger Call), June 2015
- Video Interview from SoxFest, January 2016
- All FutureSox articles tagged Eddy Alvarez
- FutureSox Prospect of the Month, August/September 2014
- 2015 South Atlantic League All Star
The back story on Eddy Alvarez is truly unique. He's the same Eddy Alvarez that won World gold and Olympic silver in speed skating, with the latter earned in February of 2014 at the Sochi games. But as he told us when we interviewed him, baseball has always been his passion, and now he's back on the diamond. With only a year of JuCo ball under his belt and having not picked up a bat in over three years, Alvarez was assigned to the AZL rookie club in June of 2014. His performance was impressive considering his time away and lack of advanced experience: a .346/.433/.500 slash with a 27:34 K:BB ratio in 210 PA across Rookie and Class A (Kannapolis). In 2015 Alvarez opened back at Kanny as their starting shortstop, posting strong hitting results (.285/.408/.409) while walking as often as striking out, and was promoted to Winston-Salem in mid-July where he was even better (.325/.411/.467) to finish the season. He also stole 53 bases in 68 attempts. In 2016, due to his age, the club challenged him with a promotion to AA Birmingham. There he struggled badly at the plate to open the season, posting a .189/.257/.225 line in his first 42 games. Then he took off and got right back to his previous numerical territory (.319/.398/.473 in 62 games), and was promoted to AAA Charlotte for a dozen games to end the season. In a mild surprise, Alvarez opened 2017 back in Birmingham, where he struggled on and off but was back to AAA to end the season anyway. Here in 2018 with the clock ticking, Eddy has been doing quite well in AAA offensively (.267/.353/.453) while mostly splitting time between shortstop and second base.
Alvarez' speed is plus but not elite, and the base-stealing technique has improved dramatically, though in the last few seasons he backed off the stealing by choice to focus on other aspects of his game. Defensively, Alvarez has rough moments but he's got the range and surprisingly mature instincts and actions that should allow him to man either middle infield slot in a utility role. His arm is tested a bit but playable on the left side of the infield - something he's told us he is working on improving. This Pedroia-sized infielder has a fairly refined hitting approach and lots of athleticism, which paired with his work ethic mean he's still got room to develop further despite his relatively advanced age (and a high chance to actualize). He'll need that because his hit tool projects to have a hard time reaching average, though his walks help alleviate that pressure a bit. Power is minimal, with a swing that doesn't have a lot of leverage, and then there's the smaller frame. His experience competing at the highest level could be a helpful asset, but the clock is ticking and 2018 is probably his do-or-die year for a real shot at the majors. He'll be 28 for the full campaign, though he's only had 3.5 years in the minors.
Major League Outlook: Utility infielder
ETA: Late 2018 or 2019
Want to know right away when we publish a new article? Type your email address in the box on the right-side bar (or at the bottom, if on a mobile device) and click the "create subscription" button. Our list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.