GABRIEL ALVARADO
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: May 19, 1987
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 175
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int. FA, Pittsburgh Pirates, 2006
How Acquired: Int. FA
Agent: N/A 

Photo Credit: Wilbur T. Miller

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Alvarado is a sidearm pitcher who throws a low-90s fastball and a slider. He hasn’t developed a swing-and-miss pitch. 

2008: Was a mainstay in GCL team’s rotation. K rate remained extremely low, but Pirates cited Alvarado as one of most promising players on GCL roster.

2009: Surprisingly, made West Virginia roster out of spring training and spent year in rotation, except for some relief appearances late in year when team appeared to be reducing his workload. Got hit pretty hard throughout year, but K rate improved and he didn’t walk many. Pirates obviously think Alvarado has some potential, as they stuck with him despite mediocre performance, even after all season.

2010: Returned to West Virginia, but didn’t improve a great deal. Pitching mainly in relief, allowed fewer hits but also fanned fewer hitters. Had significant problems with LH hitters after doing OK against them in 2009. Pirates moved him up to Bradenton for the playoffs.

Alvarado was not on a full season roster at the start of 2011.  He could appear at some point if he’s still with the organization.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2011: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2006
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2012
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3 (As of start of 2010 season)
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
2006: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.