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Henderson Alvarez posted on 10/01/2014

Born April 18, 1990 in Venezuela, Henderson Alvarez plays MLB for Miami Marlins as a pitcher. He started his professional baseball career in 2007, playing minor league for DSL Blue Jays 1, scoring 5.61 ERA, and going 1-2. In August 2008, he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Blue Jays. During this time Alvarez, moved to the U.S. and played for GCL Blue Jays with a 5.67 strikeout to walk ratio, and 5.63 ERA. In 2009, he was promoted to Midwest League, Single-A Lansing Lugnuts team. He became an All-Star with a record of 9-6, and ERA of 3.47. In 2010, Alvarez played for Dunedin Blue Jays, a High-A team, and in 2011, he was promoted to New Hampshire Fisher Cats, a Double-A team.

In August 2011, Alvarez made his debut in MLB when he was called to replace Wil Ledezma. He pitched against the Oakland Athletics with four strikeouts, a single walk, and gave up three earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. At the end of the same month, he had the first win of his career, over Baltimore Orioles at 13-0. Pitching in eight full innings, Alvarez had five strikeouts, no walks, and gave up only three hits. He became the youngest pitcher of the Jays to record a win. The 2012 season was not good for Alvarez, as he managed to strike out only 79 batters in 187.1 innings.

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