Fansided
Rays News

Tampa Bay Rays: Promote Jose Alvarado from Montgomery

apashman
Feb 18, 2017; Port Charlotte, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jose Alvarado (46) poses for a photo during photo day at Charlotte Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 18, 2017; Port Charlotte, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jose Alvarado (46) poses for a photo during photo day at Charlotte Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
facebooktwitterreddit

The Tampa Bay Rays have promoted left-hander Jose Alvarado from Double-A Montgomery, filling the need for a left-hander out of the bullpen.

Without a left-hander in the bullpen since placing Xavier Cedeno on the disabled back in April, the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday promoted reliever Jose Alvarado from Double-A Montgomery and in a corresponding move optioned Chih-Wei Hu back to Triple-A Durham.

The need for a left-hander was becoming costly for the Rays in terms of over-working Danny Farquhar, as he had been used as a “pseudo” lefty since Cedeno hit the disabled list and though he was capable of taking on the role, it was becoming apparent that a true left-hander was needed.

Although he had never pitched above the Class-A level, the Rays protected him from the Rule 5 Draft by adding him to their 40-man roster in December. An impressive spring training showing 0-0, 0.00 ERA in three appearances (3-IP) the 21-year-old walked none, allowed just one hit and struck out three helped the Rays in their decision for his promotion.

More from Rays News

Following spring training the Rays assigned him to Double-A Montgomery where he has appeared in nine games with a 2-1 record and 2.38 ERA over 11.3 innings. He allowed three runs on four hits, with 14 strikeouts, five walks while holding opposing batters to a .111 average.

Last year Alvarado opened the season with Bowling Green of the Midwest League (Low Class-A) where he went 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA (24.2-IP) in 10 appearances allowing five runs on 12 hits (four earned) with 34 strikeouts, two saves and 17 walks. He was promoted to the Charlotte Stone Crabs (Adv Class-A) of the Florida State League in May where he posted a 2-1 record with a 3.91 ERA (46-IP) in 27 appearances allowing 27 runs on 38 hits (20 earned) with 51 strikeouts, and 38 walks.

Next: Rasmus Activated, Designate Peterson

Chih-Wei Hu was called-up from Durham on April 23 to replace Tommy Hunter who the Rays placed on the DL with a calf strain. Wei Hu appeared in one game, pitching just one inning with zeros across the board.

facebooktwitterreddit