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37. Yordan Alvarez

37. Yordan Alvarez
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: June 27, 1997 in Las Tunas, Cuba
  • Weight: 225 lbs.
  • Height: 6'5"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: June 09, 2019
  • Final Game: October 03, 2021
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Signed as an Amateur Free Agent by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016 following his defection from Cuba, Yordan Alvarez was traded only 45 days later to Houston in a move that Dodgers management would come to regret.

“Air Yordan” did not need a long time to make it to the Majors, breaking the roster in June, 2019, and despite missing playing less than other rookies, he was the unanimous American League Rookie of the Year, belting 27 Home Runs in only 369 Plate Appearances with a Slash Line of .313/.412/.655.  Alvarez was outstanding in that year’s World Series, batting .412 in their loss to Washington.

Alvarez only played in two Games in 2020 due to injury, but there were no side effects for Alvarez moving forward.  Playing more at DH than in Outfield, Alvarez’s hitting skills were proven to remain upper-tier.  Smacking 33 Home Runs with 104 RBIs, Alvarez had a .877 Slugging Percentage, and matched his Second Team All-MLB honor from his rookie year.  The Astros went to the World Series, though lost to Atlanta, but Alvarez batted over .500 in the NLCS, winning the NLCS MVP.  

Last season, Alvarez continued his ascension, with 37 Home Runs, a .306 Batting Average and an OPS of 1.019.  He won MLB 1 honors, went to his first All-Star Game, won the Silver Slugger and was third in MVP voting.  Alvarez would this time be on the winning side of a World Series, and while his defense and speed are not strong, his bat is the most potent on a great club.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Designated Hitter, Outfield
  • Acquired: Traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers for Josh Fields 8/1/16.
  • Games Played: 368
  • Notable Statistics:

    247 Runs Scored
    393 Hits
    90 Doubles
    3 Triples
    98 Home Runs
    283 Runs Batted In
    2 Stolen Bases
    .296/.384/.590 Slash Line
    13.6 bWAR

    47 Playoff Games 
    27 Runs Scored
    41 Hits
    10 Doubles
    2 Triples
    6 Home Runs
    26 Runs Batted In
    0 Stolen Bases
    .250/.364/.445 Slash Line

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Champion (2022)
    All-MLB Team 1 (2022)
    All-MLB Team 2 (2019 & 2021)
    All-Star (2022)Rookie of the Year (2019)
    ALCS MVP (2021)

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