Jose Ricardo Alvarez. Underwent surgery in May 2014 to remove bone chips, after an X-ray and MRI showed a problem in the back of the shoulder. Named Detroit Tigers Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2013. Pitched in Venezuelan Winter League from 2006-11. Originally signed by Red Sox as a non-draft ed free agent July 2, 2005. Traded by Boston to Florida in exchange for Jeremy Hermida Nov. 5, 2009. Signed with Detroit as a minor league free agent Nov. 8, 2012. Named by Baseball America as having best change up and control in International League for 2013 season.
Matched career-high pitching in exactly 64 games for Angels for third consecutive season ... Recorded first career Major League save Apr. 28 at Texas…First lefty to earn a save for Angels since Scott Downs on July 23, 2012 at Kansas City ... Stranded 29 of 35 of inherited runners on the season...Among left-handers, his 83% stranded rate ranked sixth in the Majors (min. 30 IR) ... Set new career high with streak of 15 consecutive scoreless appearances (15.1 IP) from June 29-Sept. 8 ... Opened the regular season on Angels roster and led A.L. with 40 appearances at time of first option to Triple-A Salt Lake on June 30 ... Pitched in nine games across three sti nts for Salt Lake, including seven scoreless appearances ... Appeared in four games for Team Venezuela during the World Baseball Classic...Did not factor in a decision and pitched to a 2.25 ERA (4 IP - 1 ER) with two walks and three strikeouts.
Led Angels relievers in games (64 - matches career-high), innings pitched (57.1) and strikeouts (51)...Set new career-best, pitching to a 3.45 ERA (57.1 IP - 26 ER)...Had 12 game streak without being charged with an ER from July 31 - Sept. 4 (career-long streak is 14 from Sept. 25, 2015 - April 17, 2016)...Stranded 31 of 43 inherited runners (72.1%)...Earned win on May 19 vs. Dodgers aft er working 1.2 scoreless innings with two strikeouts...Had streak of nine consecuti ve appearances (10.1 IP) without being charged with a run from April 24 - May 12.
Pitched in 64 games for Angels in fi rst full Major League season and compiled a 4-3 record and 3.49 ERA (67 IP - 26 ER). Established career highs in wins, games, innings pitched and strikeouts (59). Compiled a 2.65 ERA (34 IP - 10 ER) in 32 appearances at home, compared with a 4.36 ERA (33 IP - 16 ER) on the road. Stranded 23 of 35 inherited runners. Ranked ti ed for fi ft h among left -handed A.L. relievers with four wins. Led Angels relievers and ranked ti ed for sixth in American League with 19 relief appearances of more than one inning pitched. Had a HBP in three straight games from April 10-14…Third reliever in Angels history to do so, joining Mel Queen (1971) and Hector Carrasco (2006)...Became fi ft h reliever since 1914 with 4+ HBP through his teams' fi rst 18 games…Only reliever with more was Grover Lowdermilk (5 HBP in 1919 St. Louis Browns fi rst 18 games). Was not charged with an earned run in 16 of fi nal 17 appearances of season...Pitched to a 0.84 ERA (10.2 IP - 1 ER) in that span from Sept. 2 through the end of the season.
Appeared in a total of nine games in the Angels' system, missing majority of season with an elbow injury...Opened season at Triple-A Salt Lake and made two starts with Bees before being promoted to Angels April 13...Made Angels debut April 14 vs. Oakland and retired both of his two batters faced (Josh Reddick strikeout and Daric Barton flyout)...Faced one batter in relief appearance the following evening and allowed go-ahead two-RBI single to Derek Norris after inheriting a bases loaded situation in 8th inning...Optioned back to Salt Lake April 18...Made four starts during second stint of season with Salt Lake, going 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA (21 IP - 14 ER)...Placed on disabled list by Salt Lake May 14 (retro to May 10) with an elbow strain...Made one rehab appearance with Arizona League Angels Aug. 26, tossing one scoreless inning.
Appeared in 14 games with the Tigers as he spent the majority of the 2013 season with Triple A Toledo...Named the Tigers Minor League Pitcher of the Year as he finished fourth in the International League with a 2.80 ERA and 7.89 strikeouts per nine innings, while he was fifth with a .235 batting average against and 1.79 walks per nine innings...Tabbed as having the best changeup and control in the International League by Baseball America...Had his contract purchased from Toledo prior to the game on June 9 versus Cleveland...made his major league debut and earned his first major league win the same day -- became the first Tigers pitcher to win his debut since Alfredo Figaro in 1999...Became one of four Tigers pitchers since 1916 to go six-or-more innings while giving up one-run-or-less in his major league debut, joining Justin Thompson (1996), Pat Thompson (1979) and Joe Sullivan (1935)...Appeared in five games out of the bullpen for the Tigers in September, posting a 2.70 ERA (6.2IP/2ER) and five strikeouts...Limited lefthanded hitters to a .265 batting average (13x49)... righties hit .287 (29x101) against him.
Spent the entire 2012 season with Double A Jacksonville in the Miami Marlins organization. ... Tied for the lead in the Southern League with three complete games. ... Led all Southern League starters with 1.66 walks per nine innings, while he finished fourth with 11.50 baserunners pernine innings. ... Sidelined April 7-20 with a left rotator cuff strain. ... Tabbed the Southern League Pitcher of the Week for June 18-24 after he earned the win in his lone start during theweek on June 22 versus Tennessee, fanning five batters and allowing two hits in eight shutout innings. ... Compiled a 1-2 record and 2.73 ERA (29.2IP/9ER) in five starts during June ... Sidelined July 3-15 with a left groin strain. ... Tossed a two-hit shutout on August 7 versus Montgomery -- tied for the lead in the Southern League with one shutout. ... Saw action in 17 games (seven starts) with Anzoategui in the Venezuelan Winter League following the season, postinga 2-4 record and 2.49 ERA (47.0IP/13ER).
Went 6-4 with a 3.16 ERA (74.0 IP/27 ER) in first half of season for single-A Jupiter, earningFlorida State League All-Star honors. Made just two appearances (one start) afterbreak before promotion to double-A Jacksonville...Made debut with Suns on July 2 vs. Birmingham; did not factor in decision after allowingfive runs (one earned) on seven hits and three walks with seven strikeouts...Began stretch at Jacksonville with a 0-2 mark and a 5.68 ERA (19.0/12) over first four starts. Earned first win on July 27 at Carolina,but went 1-4 with a 5.44 ERA (41.1/25) over final seven starts.
In 2010 for single-A Greensboro, was 3-1 with a 6.46 ERA (30.2/22) in 13 appearances out of bullpen and 7-2 with a 2.44 ERA(77.1/21) in 13 starts. Earned a win in four of final five appearances (three in starts)...Prior to All-Star break, was 6-2 with a 3.69 ERA (63.1/26) and 62 strikeouts; after break, went 4-1 with a 3.43 ERA (44.2/17) and 51strikeouts...Won four consecutive starts from May 27-June 11. Struck out 22 and walked six over span, with a 2.49 ERA (25.1/7).
In 2009 for short-season Lowell, tossed complete-game (7.0 IP) shutouts in two of final four starts (August 12 at Jamestown andSeptember 2 at Oneonta). Was 4-1 with a 1.70 ERA (37.0/7), four walks and 33 strikeouts after August 1 (six starts)...Led Boston farm system and was third in Gulf Coast League in ERA in 2007...Won Boston's Minor League Latin Program Pitcher of the Year award in 2006. Surrendered one earned run or less in 13 of 15 outings,and just two earned runs in final 28.0 innings of season (six games, four starts).
Spent the entire 2008 season with Single A Greenville ... Sidelined July 8-29 with a back muscle strain ... Posted a 4.00 ERA (9.0IP/4ER) in four games with Anzoategui in the Venezuelan Winter League following the season.
Third in the Gulf Coast League with a 1.84 ERA as he spent the entire 2007 season with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox ... Finished 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA (26.0IP/4ER) in five outings (three starts) during August ... Saw action in 11 games (five starts) with Anzoategui in the Venezuelan Winter League following the season, compilinga 1-0 record and 3.42 ERA (26.1IP/10ER).
Made his professional debut with the Venezuelan Summer League Red Sox during the 2006 season ... Compiled a 1-1 record and 0.73 ERA (24.2IP/2ER) in five outings (three starts) during August ... Appeared in nine games (two starts) with Oriente in the Venezuelan Winter League following the season, posting a0-1 record and 14.09 ERA (7.2IP/12ER).