Jose Alvarez
Jose Alvarez
30-Year-Old PitcherRP
Philadelphia Phillies
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Alvarez's reward for a career-best season was a trade to Philadelphia where he'll add a veteran lefty presence to an improving bullpen. In 2018, Alvarez posted his third straight year with double-digit holds for the Angels, allowing just three homers in 63 innings, fueling his personal lowest ERA. He'll be hard-pressed to repeat that in Citizen's Bank Park, a venue more generous with respect to the long ball. On the other hand, his new home digs inflate strikeouts a little more than Angels Stadium, so that combined with the move to the Senior Circuit should add a few more punchouts to his ledger. Curiously, left-handed batters hit Alvarez for more power than righties, while right-handed swingers sport a much higher batting average. Look for Alvarez to be deployed in a high-leverage setup role, making him useful in deeper leagues scoring holds. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.93 million contract with the Phillies in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Two scoreless innings as opener
PPhiladelphia Phillies
June 1, 2019
Alvarez pitched two innings, allowing one hit and two walks as the opener in Saturday's game versus the Dodgers.
The spotless performance gives Alvarez a 3.57 ERA and 1.46 WHIP through 23 appearances spanning 22.2 innings this season. The reliever has also snagged a save and four holds while striking out 15 batters.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .218 334 75 15 69 18 1 12
Since 2017vs Right .268 289 60 31 68 10 1 3
2019vs Left .203 80 15 5 15 3 0 4
2019vs Right .296 79 16 7 21 3 0 1
2018vs Left .206 147 34 9 28 9 0 3
2018vs Right .232 114 25 13 23 5 1 0
2017vs Left .245 107 26 1 26 6 1 5
2017vs Right .286 96 19 11 24 2 0 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
ERA on Road
ERA at Home
ERA on Road
ERA on Road
Since 2017Home 3.52 1.22 79.1 3 7 0 8.2 2.4 0.9
Since 2017Away 2.94 1.22 70.1 3 2 3 8.1 3.2 0.9
2019Home 3.05 1.31 20.2 0 2 0 7.0 1.7 1.3
2019Away 3.63 1.21 17.1 0 0 1 7.8 4.2 1.0
2018Home 3.48 1.10 31.0 3 3 0 8.1 2.9 0.6
2018Away 1.97 1.22 32.0 3 1 1 8.7 3.4 0.3
2017Home 3.90 1.30 27.2 0 2 0 9.1 2.3 1.0
2017Away 3.86 1.24 21.0 0 1 1 7.3 2.1 1.7
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Stat Review
How does Jose Alvarez compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 20 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
90.7 mph
Left On Base
Exit Velocity
85.3 mph
Spin Rate
2290 rpm
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
Swinging Strike
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
For the first time since 2014, Alvarez wasn't the most heavily-deployed arm out of the Angels' bullpen. That can likely be chalked up to his poor first half, as the 28-year-old struggled to a 5.40 ERA across 30 innings prior to the All-Star break, mostly thanks to his 59.4 percent strand rate and troublesome 1.7 HR/9. He spent the second half shuttling between Triple-A Salt Lake and the majors, posting an impressive 1.45 ERA thanks to much-improved home run and strand rates in a limited sample with Los Angeles (18.2 innings). Alvarez saw a slight increase in his strikeout rate from 2016, though it still sat at a humble 8.3 K/9. He also saw his walk rate drop for a third consecutive season to an impressive 2.2 BB/9. Given the Angels don't have any other proven left-handed options to use out of their bullpen, Alvarez should once again see his fair share of innings in 2018, which will likely amount to a respectable number of holds.
Alvarez found himself as one of the most heavily-used arms out of the Angels' bullpen once again in 2016. The left-hander's first half of the season was a bit shaky, as he held a 4.38 ERA and 1.59 WHIP at the beginning of July. This led to a brief stint in the minors, but upon his return later in the month, the 27-year-old showed vast improvement. The Angels currently don't have many better options in an overall weak bullpen, meaning the job security for Alvarez is pretty strong. However, his relatively modest strikeout rate (8.0 K/9) and horrific home/road splits (1.13 ERA at home vs. 6.39 ERA on the road) mean he likely won't be thrust into a bigger role. He's a consideration in leagues that count holds, but that's about the extent of Alvarez's fantasy appeal.
Alvarez recorded just two outs for the Angels in 2014 due to injury concerns, but was able to become a useful piece of the bullpen last season after snagging a longman role in spring training, finishing the year with a 3.49 ERA in 67 innings. Alvarez wound up facing more righties than lefties last season after initially being thought of as a lefty specialist, and was able to keep the ball on the ground (51%) and limit homers (five in 67 innings) while notching a BB/9 rate just above 3.0. While Ramos' ability to work hitters from both sides of the plate will likely make him an important part of the bullpen once again in 2016, he tallied just seven holds despite seeing the heaviest workload of his career, which makes him more valuable to the Halos than to fantasy owners.
The Angels acquired Alvarez from the Tigers in March for backup infielder Andrew Romine, seizing an opportunity to add depth to what was then a shaky bullpen when Jose Iglesias was ruled out for the season due to stress fractures in his legs. After tossing 38.2 innings with the Tigers in 2013 and posting a 5.82 ERA in 14 games (six starts), Alvarez spent most of his time last season at Triple-A Salt Lake, where he notched a 6.75 ERA in 30.1 innings over six starts. It's expected that Cesar Ramos, who was acquired from the Rays in November, is going to be the top lefty out of the bullpen, but Alvarez's experience as a starter could give him the opportunity to compete for the final spot in the rotation, as Tyler Skaggs is expected to miss the entire season after having Tommy John surgery in August.
Alvarez made his major league debut in 2013, making 14 appearances while splitting time between the Tigers’ rotation and bullpen. The 25-year-old southpaw failed to impress, finishing the season 1-5 with a 5.82 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 31:16 K:BB ratio in 38.2 innings. Despite the rocky debut in the majors, Alvarez flashed potential while pitching for Triple-A Toledo last season. In 21 appearances (20 starts) for the Mud Hens, Alvarez went 8-6 with a 2.80 ERA and 115:25 K:BB ratio over 128.2 innings. With a fastball that typically sits in the high-80s to low-90s range, Alvarez doesn’t overpower hitters, but he’s shown the ability to mix four additional above-average pitches (cutter, changeup, curveball and slider) to keep hitters off balance. The Tigers' rotation is full heading into 2014, which should earmark Alvarez for a spot as a lefty specialist and/or long man out of the bullpen, but he is one step closer to the rotation after Detroit traded Doug Fister to Washington in December.
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Will serve as opener
PPhiladelphia Phillies
June 1, 2019
Alvarez will be used as an opener Saturday against the Dodgers, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
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Throws two scoreless frames
PPhiladelphia Phillies
May 7, 2019
Alvarez threw two scoreless innings in Monday's loss to the Cardinals, walking one, striking out one and allowing one hit.
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Slams door in series finale
PPhiladelphia Phillies
April 14, 2019
Alvarez allowed one run in a scoreless inning and secured his first save of the season Sunday against Miami.
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Loses game in 10th inning
PPhiladelphia Phillies
April 10, 2019
Alvarez (0-1) took the loss Tuesday against the Nationals, allowing four runs on six hits (including one homer) while striking out two in 1.1 innings.
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Avoids arbitration
PPhiladelphia Phillies
January 11, 2019
Alvarez agreed to a one-year, $1.93 million contract Friday that allowed him to avoid arbitration, Todd Zolecki of reports.
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