2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Jose Alvarado
Colby Conway takes a closer look at Tampa Bay Rays closer Jose Alvarado and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2019 MLB season.
José Alvarado came out of virtually nowhere in 2018 to become one of the popular reliever pickups in all of baseball. Despite logging just eight saves last year, and a 1-6 record to boot, Alvardo is gaining some traction through draft season as a value closer. Despite Sergio Romo getting his share of save opportunities, and starts, Alvarado went 8-for-12 on save opportunities but posted 32 holds, which trailed only Adam Ottavino and Archie Bradley in all of baseball last season. He’s done nothing this spring to lose the job he hasn’t officially been given, and even if the Rays don’t name a bona fide closer, Alvarado will be the guy to lead the team in saves this season.
Alvarado is a burly southpaw that throws some serious cheddar. His fastball velocity ranked in the 93rd percentile last season and has some devastating sinking action. His sinker and curveball combo dominate his arsenal, but he does additionally have a curveball and traditional four-seamer he can throw at his...