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Friday, June 25, 2021

Dave Alvarez provided punch at Elmira; Saw three pro seasons

Dave Alvarez 1990 Elmira Pioneers card

Dave Alvarez had a good first season in the pros in 1988 as he hit .330, with 21 RBI in the rookie Arizona League, The Elmira Star-Gazette noted in June 1989.

So, in an article previewing the short-season Elmira Pioneer season in 1989, The Star-Gazette wrote that Alvarez was expected to provide "some punch in the lineup."

Alvarez, though, never really lived up to that hope. He saw Elmira that season and the next.  He didn't hit above .200 in either stint. Those three total seasons marked the extent of his career.

Alvarez' career began in 1988, signed by the Red Sox as an amateur free agent out of Puerto Rico. Alvarez was also credited as David Alvarez.

Alvarez started with the Red Sox in the Arizona League, where he turned in that .330 average 26 games. He also hit one home run.

He then moved to Elmira for 1989, and also saw time in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He saw 16 games at Elmira and 19 in the GCL. He hit .311 in the GCL and .121 at Elmira.

Alvarez returned to Elmira for 1990. He doubled in a run in an August game. Late that month, the first baseman took to the mound in a blowout, one of four pitching appearances he had on the year. Overall, he hit .195 in 37 games that year to end his career.

Dave Alvarez 1990 Elmira Pioneers card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,680
Made the Majors:1,254-34.1%
Never Made Majors:2,426-65.9%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:522
10+ Seasons in the Minors:309

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