Remember when prized pitching prospect Yadier Alvarez was one of the top rated pitching prospects in the Dodger’s system? Things change quickly for players these days. The Dodgers designated and then once Alvarez cleared waivers outrighted him to either Tulsa or Oklahoma City. The young right hander’s pitching career has been derailed due to massive control and personal problems. The Dodgers get to keep the hurler in their system and free up a 40-man roster spot. So it’s a win-win for the big club.
Alvarez has yet to reach the majors since the Dodger’s signed the right handed Cuban starter back in 2016. It appears that he may never reach the majors, although you never know. Alvarez has pitched four seasons in the minors, never appearing higher than double-A ball. Last season Alvarez pitched in only two games for Tulsa, allowing six runs on five hits and four walks over 3.2 innings. Overall Alvarez has a career 4.02 ERA and a 5.1 BB/9 rate after tossing 210.2 minor league frames.
Dave Roberts said Yadier Alvarez is shut down, getting tests done to determine why he couldn’t pitch yesterday.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) February 29, 2020
Yadier Alvarez cleared waivers and was outrighted to Minor League camp.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) March 2, 2020
It’s that unsightly walk rate that has kept Alvarez from advancing to the major leagues. Alvarez did pitch seven innings of one-run ball for the Arizona Rookie league while also posting a 4.66 ERA and striking out 9.7 hitters per nine back in 2018 for the Tulsa Dodgers while tallying 48.2 innings. Apparently he showed up to Dodgers spring training camp at Glendale but refused to pitch after not feeling well. Reports surfaced that he could be experiencing shoulder problems but the Dodgers aren’t sure what’s wrong with him. After that happened the Dodgers had enough and made the decision to designate him for assignment. It’s unclear if the 23-year old can get his career back on track but the Dodgers might feel that there is a chance that may happen if the young right hander can get healthy and work on his command.