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Dodgers News: Yadier Alvarez Suspended by Team

Once a top prospect, Alvarez has fallen off the radar.

MIAMI, FL - JULY 9: Yadier Alvarez #99 of the World Team and Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Marlins Park on July 9, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)

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.

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.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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