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What Larry Beinfest doesn't know about Henderson Alvarez?

In a reference to the 2011 Baseball America Prospect Handbook, Henderson Alvarez was the Toronto Blue Jays Top No. 17 Prospect with the best curveball in the system of his 2010 season. He's a right- handed pitcher from Venezuela at 6'0" and 190 pounds. He hits right-handed and after posting a 5.63 ERA in two years of Rookie ball, Alvarez had a breakthrough season in the 2009, leading the low Class A Midwest League in fewest walks (1.4) and homers (0.1) allowed per nine innings. Interestingly, his pure stuff improved last year but his performance didn't.


After ranging from 86-94 mph the previous season, his fastball sat at 92-94 and touched 97 during the high Class A Florida State League all-star game in 2010. His changeup remained a plus pitch with splitter action. Yet despite possessing two plus pitches, Alvarez was more hittable and his strikeout rate declined. He may have gotten caught up in his newfound power and lost some feel for pitching. He throws too many strikes and doesn't try to get hitters to chase pitches enough when he's ahead in the count. His breaking ball lags well behind his other two pitches at this point. It's a hybrid of a curveball and a slider, though he'll show an average slider on occasion. If he can refine his breaking ball, he could become a No. 3 starter. With a good spring, Alvarez could open 2011 in Double-A.


This isn't a blog or a rumor this is fact, that was replaced with a lie. He didn't know he was capable of playing like this.

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