On April 15, 2018, my family and I went to a Corpus Christi Hooks‘ game. The game was tied at 7 when number 45, Yordan Alvarez, hit a walk off home run to win the game for the CC Hooks, leading me to believe he would be great. Playing in only 78 games last season, Alvarez had an a amazing season with a .313 average, 27 home runs and 78 RBI’s. After breaking into the bigs in the seconds half of the year, he won AL Rookie of the Month in June, July, and August, as well as AL Rookie of the Year. However, Alvarez had a pretty interesting path to the MLB.
The History of Yordan Alvarez and His Arrival in MLB:
Birthdate: June 27, 1997 Age:22
Birthplace: Las Tunas, Cuba
HT./WT. 6-5 227 lbs
As a teen, Alvarez played two seasons in the Cuban National Series with Las Tunas. He then defected from Cuba, and established residence in Haiti in 2016. Shortly after, Alvarez signed with Los Angeles Dogers as a international free agent in June of 2016. In August 2016 the Astros trade reliever, Josh Fields for Alvarez. He made his debut in 2017 with the Quad City Bandits, and also played in the 2017 All-Star Futures game that year.
In 2018, Alvarez was ranked as one of the top prospects in the minor leagues. He started the 2018 season with the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks and then 2019 with the Triple-A Round Rock Express. On June 9, 2019 he was promoted to MLB. In his debut against the Baltimore Orioles, Alvarez clubbed a home run en route to an Astros‘ win. On that day, Yordan Alvarez also proved that he was where he belonged. Alvarez also set a major league record with his 1.067 OPS as a rookie.
Alvarez clearly has a bright future, and it will be interesting to see how he continues to grow as a hitter next season.
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