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R.J. Alvarez Interview with AngelsWin.com


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Interview Conducted by David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer

Alvarez went 9-7 with a 5.17 ERA as a starter in his first two seasons at Florida Atlantic, but shined in the Cape Cod League as a reliever and the Angels were watching as they started R.J.'s professional career in the Orem Owlz bullpen where he posted a 0.53 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 34 innings.

Opposing hitters have to face Alvarez's high effort delivery which causes deception to go along with a 95-97 MPH fastball, clocked as high as 100 MPH. Alvarez slider is a true knockout punch to go along with his heater. Alvarez has a changeup, but he didn't use it with the Owlz and may never since he's expected to remain in the bullpen. Alvarez throws across his body and at times it can affects his command.

The Angels sent Alvarez to the Inland Empire 66ers in an effort to move him quickly. So far he's rewarded them with a 3.12 ERA, striking out 24 over 17 1/3 innings, while limiting opposing hitters to a .190 BAA. 

Check out our recent chat with R.J. Alvarez

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Looking at his mechanics, I just don't see any way he could be a starter.  They're brutal.  However, the fact that he has a good change up to go along with a good fastball and good slider makes you wonder.  Not to many relievers come loaded with a legitimate three pitch arsenal. 

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