R.J. Alvarez was called up to the big club last Wednesday from Double-A San Antonio. He went 0-1, with a 2.76 ERA and six saves in 17 appearances with the Missions after being one of the key pieces of the haul from trading Huston Street to the Angels.
Alvarez’ first appearance, against Arizona, was a bit rough. R.J. allowed a run on a hit, and a pair of walks in 2/3 of an inning to begin the 9th of a 6-1 loss. His next appearance, against the Rockies on Friday, showed more promise. Alvarez set Colorado down in order in the 8th inning of another defeat, this one 3-0.
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One of the impressive facets of Alvarez’ inning of work on Friday, was his work with his above-average slider. Manager Bud Black was particularly pleased, noting that Alvarez’ slider worked well despite the high altitude – which is a feat that not many pitchers can manage.
Black is planning on giving Alvarez a long look over the last month of the season, possibly including some high-leverage appearances, to determine how much of role he’ll have in the Pads’ pen next season.
Keep the Faith. For at least three more weeks.