Francis DeJesus Alvarez
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 160 lb.
Jimmy Alvarez reached AAA as a player then managed in the minors.
Alvarez hit .249/.327/.319 for the 1997 GCL Twins and fielded .952 at SS. He led Gulf Coast League shortstops in putouts (78), assists (179) and double plays (33). He slumped with the '98 Elizabethton Twins (.219/.363/.323, .906 FLD%). Moving to full-season ball with the 1999 Quad Cities River Bandits, he produced at a .253/.374/.345 clip with 81 walks and 69 runs, fielding .927 at short. He was 6th in the Midwest League in walks and second in the Twins chain, 11 behind Jon Schaeffer and 2 ahead of David Ortiz.
In 2000, Alvarez lost his starting role and appeared for Quad Cities (.224/.329/.396 in 43 G) and the Hagerstown Suns (.232/.346/.335 in 50 G). He returned to starting with the Dunedin Blue Jays in 2001, hitting .283/.351/.392, stealing 29 bases in 36 tries, scoring 88 runs and fielding .925 at SS. He also went 5 for 22 with a steal and triple for the Tennessee Smokies. He tied Prentice Redman for 8th in the Florida State League in swipes, was third in runs (behind Jesus Medrano and Rich Thompson but led shortstops with 36 errors. Among Blue Jay farmhands, he was 4th in runs (after Reed Johnson, Thompson and Josh Phelps) and third in steals (after Thompson and Johnson).
Jimmy moved to second base with the 2002 Smokies and hit .278/.383/.402 with 79 walks, 20 steals in 31 tries, 32 doubles and 83 runs while fielding .968 at his new spot. He led Southern League second basemen in assists (330) and twin killings (76). He was third in runs (behind Thompson and Danny Sandoval), 4th in doubles (between Rene Reyes and Jorge Cantu), second in walks (23 behind Shawn Fagan) and was 5th in OBP (between Choo Freeman and Mike Collins). Aaron Miles was named the All-Star second baseman instead. In the Toronto system, he was third in runs after Thompson and Dominic Rich, tied Miguel Negron for 4th in steals, tied Guillermo Quiroz for fourth in doubles and was again second to Fagan in walks.
The Santo Domingo native was a middle infielder for the 2003 Syracuse SkyChiefs, producing at a .257/.342/.371 clip. He moved to the Boston Red Sox chain for 2004 but struggled with the Portland Sea Dogs (.151/.262/.189 in 19 G) and Pawtucket Red Sox (.218/.273/.366 in 31 G) to end his playing career.
After 8 years as manager of the DSL Twins, Alvarez was a coach for the club in 2018-2019.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|2010||DSL Twins||Dominican Summer League||29-42||Minnesota Twins|
|2011||DSL Twins||Dominican Summer League||42-26||Minnesota Twins|
|2012||DSL Twins||Dominican Summer League||31-39||Minnesota Twins|
|2013||DSL Twins||Dominican Summer League||36-33||Minnesota Twins|
|2014||DSL Twins||Dominican Summer League||43-27||Minnesota Twins|
|2015||DSL Twins||Dominican Summer League||36-36||Minnesota Twins|
|2016||DSL Twins||Dominican Summer League||36-34||Minnesota Twins|
|2017||DSL Twins||Dominican Summer League||Minnesota Twins|