Friday, December 17, 2010

Failed Prospects Pt. 10: Abe Alvarez

Since I have been a fan, there have been several players with huge expectations in the Red Sox minor league system. Some of these players, such as Mo Vaughn, Nomar Garciaparra, Trot Nixon, Jon Lester, and others meet those expectations. Others are not as fortunate.

I really wanted Abe Alvarez to succeed. He had such an interesting story. He was legally blind in one eye and wore his baseball cap to the side to shade the light from that eye in order to see better. He pitched reasonably well in the minor leagues, but he was not able to succeed at the Major League level.

Alvarez only pitched in four games with the Red Sox in three seasons. He was 0-1 with a 11.32 ERA and five strikeouts in 10.1 innings. Very unfortunate.

Currently, Alvarez is pitching in an independent league. I really wanted Alvarez to succeed. It's a shame.

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