|Win–loss record 0–0|
Role Baseball player
Earned run average 7.39
Weight 91 kg
Salary 160,846 USD (2015)
Name R. Alvarez
Date joined 2014
|Similar People Taylor Lindsey, Jesse Hahn, Chris Bassitt, Bob Melvin, Huston Street|
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Roy Emilio "R.J." Alvarez (born June 8, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Texas Rangers organization. He previously played for the San Diego Padres and Oakland Athletics.
Alvarez played college baseball at Florida Atlantic University. In 2010, he was a Cape Cod League All-Star. After spending his freshman and sophomore season as a starting pitcher, he was moved to the bullpen before his junior season.
Alvarez was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the third round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.
In 2013, he had a 2.96 earned run average with 79 strikeouts over 48 2⁄3 innings pitched. Prior to the 2014 season, Alvarez was ranked by Baseball America as the Angels fourth best prospect. He started the season with the Arkansas Travelers.
On July 19, 2014, Alvarez was traded to the San Diego Padres with José Rondón, Taylor Lindsey, and Elliot Morris in exchange for Huston Street and Trevor Gott. He was called up to the majors for the first time on September 2, 2014. He made his major league debut on September 3.
On December 18, 2014, the Padres traded Alvarez and Jesse Hahn to the Oakland Athletics for Derek Norris, Seth Streich, and international bonus slot 117. In 21 appearances in 2015, he posted a 9.90 ERA.
Alvarez was claimed off waivers by Chicago Cubs on June 11, 2016, and immediately sent down to the AAA affiliate Iowa Cubs. He was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers on September 10.