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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
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