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Prospects On Deck: SS Eddy Alvarez- White Sox

Chicago White Sox prospect Eddy Alvarez. (www.usatoday.com)

Chicago White Sox prospect Eddy Alvarez. (Photo: www.usatoday.com)

With the Olympics in full gear, it’s only appropriate to showcase a minor leaguer who has represented the United States in the Games.

Chicago White Sox shortstop Eddy Alvarez was a short track speed skater who competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia where he won a silver medal in the 5,000 meter relay.

The Miami native had a unique journey as a multi-sport athlete considering that his two sports really couldn’t be any further apart.

Growing up skating and then playing shortstop, the now twenty-six year old received a full ride to St. Thomas University but decided to pursue his childhood dream of representing the US in the Olympics.

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(Photo:saltlakecommunitycollege.com)

In 2014, he achieved that goal by qualifying for four events (three individual and the relay) and even brought home a medal. Alvarez became the first Cuban-American male speed skater to make an American Olympic Team.

After achieving that lifelong goal, Alvarez then signed a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox on June 11, 2014.

In his first pro season in the summer of 2014, he hit a combined .346./.433 OBP./.500 SLG as he split his time between the White Sox Rookie League and Low-A Kannapolis.

He started the 2015 season with Kannapolis and was then promoted to the Class-A Advanced Winston-Salem Dash. He hit a combined .296 with 53 RBIs in 2015.

This season, Alvarez has been solid with the Double-A Birmingham Barons where he has hit .263 with seventeen doubles, three triples and six homers with 62 RBIs and nine stolen bases.

(Photo:chicagowhitesox.com)

(Photo:chicagowhitesox.com)

In the last ten games he has been a force at the plate as he went .432 in thirty-seven at-bats.

On Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Eddy Alvarez’s next dream of becoming a Major Leaguer became even more real as he was promoted to the Triple-A Charlotte Knights.

 

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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