ANDRES ALVAREZ, SHORTSTOP
|Born: March 29, 1997
Drafted: 22nd Round, 664th Overall, 2019
How Acquired: Draft
College: Washington State University
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Alvarez was an honorable mention as a shortstop to the all-Pac-12 team his last two seasons. He attended junior college for one year, then was a three-year starter for Washington State. His hitting was very consistent and unspectacular, as he posted an OPS of .755, .711 and .756 from his sophomore to his senior season. He has little power, but generally makes contact. As a senior, he signed quickly.
Alvarez played regularly in the GCL, splitting his time between third and short, and playing a few games at second. He struggled to hit against the much younger pitchers he was facing. He also had problems with errors at short. After the GCL season ended the Pirates moved him up to Greensboro to fill an injury-related opening.
Alvarez was third on the 2019 GCL Pirates in games played, as he got more playing time than most of the much-younger players on the team. It’s not very easy to understand the reason for this, but the Pirates seem to be growing increasingly enamored of playing older non-prospects on their lower-level teams. It’s also not easy to see where Alvarez will head if there’s a 2021 season because the short season teams, apart from the complex leagues, are expected to be eliminated.
|2021: Minor league contract
MiLB Debut: 2019
MiLB FA Eligible: 2025
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2022
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 5, 2019: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 22nd round, 664th overall pick; signed on June 13.|