The Dodgers have suspended right-handed pitching prospect Yadier Alvarez and in doing so, they have cleared a 40-man roster spot. The club did not state the reasoning behind the suspension.
One-time top pitching prospect Yadier Alvarez was placed on the restricted list by the Dodgers for unspecified disciplinary reasons and does not count against the 40-man roster.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) September 3, 2019
Alvarez has fallen off the radar in regards to prospect lists, but the Dodgers felt strongly enough about his capabilities to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft and stow him away on the 40-man roster.
The 23-year-old right-hander has big stuff but lacks the command necessary to really project him as a true piece of the future for the Dodgers going forward. Mix that in with suspect character and consistent discipline for Alavrez and you do not have a recipe for success.
Alvarez is pitching with Double-A Tulsa, but has managed just 3 2/3 innings of professional baseball this season. He has struck out six batters and allowed six earned runs in his time. In 2018, Alvarez saw time with Tulsa as both a starter and a reliever and struggled to the tune of a 4.66 ERA and 4.57 FIP. The stuff has never been in question and he still managed to strike out 23.5 percent of batters.
This obviously does not bode well for Alvarez’s future, but in the present, the Dodgers are able to clear up a 40-man roster spot for a potential September call-up.