José Alvarado

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José Antonio Alvarado Lizarzabal

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 245 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

José Alvarado has pitched in the majors and for the Venezuelan national team.

Alvarado was signed by Tampa Bay Rays scouts Euclides Vargas and Ronnie Blanco in March 2012. He was 2-3 with a 3.81 ERA for the VSL Rays that summer, walking 17 in 26 innings. In 2013, he was only 1-8 despite a 1.97 ERA and 54 whiffs in 45 2/3 IP. He was hampered by unearned runs (13 of the 23 runs he allowed) and the league's weakest offense. He led the Venezuelan Summer League in losses but was sixth in strikeouts, led starting pitchers in K/9 and would have been second in ERA had he qualified (behind Adbert Alzolay).

The left-hander came to the US in 2014 with the GCL Rays and showed similar numbers in terms of record (1-5), control (29 BB in 40 1/3 IP) and strikeout rate (46). He was hard to hit (28 H) and had a 3.79 ERA despite his control issues as a result. He was 4th in the Gulf Coast League in free passes. He had a rough 2015 with the Princeton Rays (0-2, 9.53) then made his Venezuelan Winter League debut as a LOOGY with the Tiburones de La Guaira (1-1, 1.42 in 6 1/3 IP over 14 G).

With his fastball timed at 100 mph during 2016, he split time between the Charlotte Stone Crabs (2-1, 3.91 in 27 G) and Bowling Green Hot Rods (2-0, 2 Sv, 1.46 in 10 G). He allowed a .199 average and struck out 85 in 70 2/3 IP while walking 55 and uncorking 14 wild pitches. He was 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in nine games for the 2016-2017 Tiburones but allowed four runs in 4 2/3 postseason innings.

He pitched for Venezuela in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. His first outing was a rough one. He relieved Silvino Bracho in the 6th with a 5-5 tie, one on and two out against Italy and retired Gavin Cecchini. In the 7th, now with a 8-5 lead, he walked both Brandon Nimmo and John Andreoli before Robert Suarez relieved; both would come in to score, giving him a 54.00 ERA for the day. Manager Omar Vizquel still had enough faith in him to turn to the hefty lefty again in a win-or-go-home pool-ending game against Italy, relieving Deolis Guerra with two outs in the sixth and a 1-1 tie. He allowed a homer to John Andreoli but no other hits in 2 1/3 IP and walked only one, while striking out four (three of them MLB veterans). By the time Francísco Rodriguez took over for him in the 9th, Venezuela had a 4-2 lead. They hung on for a 4-3 win and he thus had a crucial win for Venezuela.

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