(press release Savannah Sand Gnats - Vince Caffiero
On Monday, June 30, Alvarez held the Rome Braves to just two hits and one walk over five innings, generating eight swings-and-misses.
He followed that up with another stellar start on Saturday, July 5, against the Hickory Crawdads. The 25-year-old hurled 5 1/3 innings allowing just three hits and one unearned run, while striking out another eight batters.
The Santiago, Dominican Republic, native has scorched the league, notching a perfect 6-0 record with a team-leading 86 strikeouts. Alvarez has also pitched out of the Sand Gnats bullpen to great effect, affording manager Luis Rojas more wiggle room within his 25-man roster.
Back on May, 14, Alvarez tied a career high, racking up 12 strikeouts in five innings of scoreless ball against the Greenville Drive.
Alvarez pitched with the Phillies Organization in the Dominican Summer League during 2007-2009. He spent 2010 and 2011 pitching in Panama and then Venezuela for unaffiliated teams until he was signed by the New York Mets as a non-drafted free agent in 2012.