Dodgers: Three Prospects With Something to Prove in 2019
The Dodgers invested sixteen million dollars into Alvarez giving him the second biggest contract of the 2015 international signing class. Ever since then, the talented right-hander has had issues both on and off the field. Off the field, Alvarez abandoned the team in last season as Dodgers Way writer Jacob Rudner detailed, and teammates have admitted that he has one of the worst attitudes they have ever seen from a teammate.
Alvarez is armed with an electric fastball and a plus slider but he has not yet translated that into becoming a good starting pitcher. In 2018, he posted a 4.66 ERA with the Tulsa Drillers and walked 43 batters in only 48 innings. It once looked like Alvarez could be a top tier starting pitcher but now it appears his best case scenario might be as a high leverage reliever. Alvarez did not make the top ten Dodger prospects list for Baseball Prospectus and will officially be deemed a bust if he struggles once again in 2019.