06/23/11 6:42 PM ET
Alvarez named to World roster for Futures Game
By Arden Zwelling / MLB.com
Alvarez is 4-3 with a 2.98 ERA in nine starts this season between Class A Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire. The 21-year-old Venezuelan has struck out 31 batters over his 51 1/3 innings, allowing 43 hits and 17 earned runs. He's 4-2 with a 2.30 ERA in his seven starts since being promoted to Double-A in May.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Alvarez throws his fastball in the mid 90s and mixes in a changeup and a breaking ball as well. He was signed in August 2006 as a non-drafted free agent.
Alvarez is one of 10 international pitchers that will makes up the World Team's staff and take on the best prospects from the United States.
Two current Blue Jays have played for the United States in the Futures Game in recent years: Corey Patterson (1999, 2000) and Aaron Hill ('04). Several others currently playing for Toronto have represented the World squad in the game as well, including Juan Rivera ('01), Edwin Encarnacion (2003-05), Jose Bautista ('05), Yunel Escobar ('06) and Luis Perez ('09).
The 13th annual Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday on Taco Bell All-Star Sunday, July 10, at 6 p.m. ET. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on XM 175.
MLB.com will provide complete coverage before, during and after the game, and you can keep up to date by following @MLBFutures on Twitter. Fans can join the Futures Game conversation by tagging tweets with #mlbfutures.
Major League Baseball, along with with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America, USA Baseball and the 30 Major League Baseball clubs, selected the 25-man rosters for each club. Each organization is represented, and the World Team features players from 12 countries and territories. Players from all full-season Minor Leagues were eligible to participate.
Arden Zwelling is an associate reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.