White Sox Minor League Recap 5/4/2015: Alvarez perfect at the plate


The three White Sox affiliates in action were locked in closely contested games on Monday. Unfortunately, they dropped two of the three but the Barons were able to defeat the Cubs affiliate Tennessee Smokies in an extra inning affair. The Charlotte Knights had the night off and will play tomorrow on the road.

Birmingham 4, Tennessee 3 (13 innings)

The Barons won a back and forth affair against the Smokies on Monday in a game started by top prospect Tyler Danish. Danish pitched 5.1 innings, striking out six and only allowing one run. Through his first five stars, Danish has a sparkling 2.63 ERA and a very good 28/8 K/BB rate. After Danish exited, relievers Miguel Chalas, Raul Fernandez, and J.B. Wendelken had scoreless appearances. The Barons offense could only manage six hits, but they were very timely as they rallied for two runs in the bottom of the 13th to win on a walk-off single by Christian Marrero. Tim Anderson went 1-6 with an RBI and Courtney Hawkins went 0-5 with three strikeouts and a walk.

Wilmington 4, Winston-Salem 3

2014 3rd round pick Jace Fry didn’t seem to have his stuff Monday (judging from the box score), as he allowed nine hits and only struck out one over his five innings. However, Fry did not walk a batter and only allowed three runs. Reliever Peter Tago made his Winston-Salem debut and allowed one run over two innings, but struck out three. Adam Engel tripled for his only hit and Keon Barnum went 2-4 with two doubles.

Rome 10, Kannapolis 7

Starter Jordan Guerrero battled through his seven innings of work, allowing twelve hits and five runs while striking out six and only walking one. Despite the rough outing, the 20 year-old Guerrero’s ERA is still a fantastic 1.91 and he has 32 strikeouts on the season compared to only 6 walks. ┬áThe Intimidators batters were active, everyone in the lineup reached base at least once with shortstop Eddy Alvarez leading the charge. Alvarez went 3-3 with a double, a triple, and a walk, only missing a home run from hitting for the cycle. Alvarez is now hitting a robust .326/.426/.477 on the season and may be due for a promotion soon. Unfortunately, the Kannapolis bullpen could not hold a late lead as the Rome Braves rallied for five runs in the 8th and 9th inning.

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    Eddy Alvarez baseball path:

    High School - Split time between speed skating and baseball
    3 year starter middle infielder at Columbus HS in Miami.
    Graduated high school in 2008.

    2008, 2009, 2010 Speedskating at U.S. National team and National training program in Salt Lake City (no baseball)

    2010 - Came back to BB one season at Salt Lake City Community College. All conference SS, All America votes.

    2011,2012-2013-2014 Speed skating at the U.S. Olympic team
    in Utah ( no baseball )

    2014- sign with White Sox , baseball Arizona rookie league ( part of season only ) promoted to Kannapolis.

    Actual baseball since high school - One season in 7 years.

  • In reply to Walter Alvarez:

    Thanks for the background, Mr. Alvarez! We actually interviewed Eddy back in August of last year, where we got some of that background, but not the part about the gap before JuCo. Thanks for that. Here is a link to our interview if you want to read it: http://www.chicagonow.com/future-sox/2014/08/qa-with-olympic-medalist-turned-infielder-eddy-alvarez/

    We also just recently featured him in a scouting report here: http://www.chicagonow.com/future-sox/2015/05/game-story-kannapolis-intimidators-532015-with-video-and-scouting-notes/

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