Eddy Alvarez

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Eduardo C. Alvarez

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Biographical Information[edit]

In high school, infielder Eddy Alvarez earned a full athletic scholarship to St. Thomas University as a shortstop, but turned it down to focus on competing in the Olympics as a short-track speed skater. Alvarez walked on to Salt Lake Community College in 2011 and became the starting shortstop, but eventually found multiple tears in his knees from years of skating.

After winning a silver medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics as part of the United States 5000-meter relay team, Alvarez signed with the Chicago White Sox as an undrafted free agent. The scout was Mike Gellinger; given his lack of recent baseball experience, he did not receive any signing bonus. He made his pro debut with the AZL White Sox in 2014, hitting .291/.400/.409 in 27 games, before being promoted to the Kannapolis Intimidators late in the season (and hitting .431/.488/.639 in 18 games!). He spent most of the 2015 season with Kannapolis, hitting .285/.408/.429 with 42 stolen bases. He was then promoted to the Winston-Salem Dash, for whom he hit .325/.411/.467 in 34 games. For the year, he had 88 runs, 7 triples and 53 steals in 68 tries while drawing 88 walks. He was 6th in the South Atlantic League in swipes despite his limited action there. Among White Sox farmhands, he was second in runs (two behind Adam Engel), 4th in triples, second in steals (behind Engel), second in walks (8 shy of Danny Hayes) and first in OBP, very good for a player who was never drafted.

Alvarez started the 2016 season with the Birmingham Barons of the AA Southern League, where he hit .263/.339/.367 in 104 games. That earned him a short promotion to the AAA Charlotte Knights, where he hit .286 in 12 games. Between the two stops, he scored 58 runs and drove in 65. In 2017, he played for the same two teams, with 92 games at Birmingham and 34 at Charlotte. His combined batting line was .235/.347/.310, with 59 runs and 39 RBIs. His mediocre season prevented him from receiving an invitation to the White Sox's spring training in 2018, but his dream of reaching the majors was still alive, as he had already overcome very long odds to make it that far.

Alvarez's brother, Nick Alvarez, previously played in the minors.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Jim Callis: "Ice to diamond: Olympian Alvarez eyes bigs: Jim Callis talks to Chicago's No. 26 prospect, Olympic silver-medal speed skater", mlb.com, March 8, 2016. [1]
  • Christina De Nicola: "Marlins player has unique 'short track' to pro ball: How the 29-year-old went from Olympic speed skating to the Marlins organization", mlb.com, August 28, 2019. [2]
  • Scott Merkin: "Former Olympian Alvarez in White Sox camp: Minor League shortstop pushing hard to achieve his baseball dream", mlb.com, February 13, 2018. [3]

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