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Dario Alvarez named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week

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Two dominant starts from the Dominican-born lefty led to two wins for the Sand Gnats and the SAL Pitcher of the Week award.

Dario Alvarez continued to impress with the Low-A Savannah Sand Gnats this week, earning himself two wins and the title of South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week. In two starts, Alvarez pitched 10.1 innings and gave up five hits, two walks, and no earned runs while striking out 16 batters. It is the second time this year that Alvarez has been named SAL Pitcher of the Week. Alvarez has bounced back and forth between the bullpen and the rotation for the Sand Gnats, but the constantly changing role has not hampered his effectiveness. The 25-year-old is sporting an impressive 0.87 ERA, striking out 86 batters through only 52 innings.

Alvarez was originally signed by the Phillies in 2007, but he was released in 2009 after pitching three years for the organization's Dominican Summer League affiliate. The lefty made his debut in the Mets organization for Short-A Brooklyn in 2013 and has impressed ever since. As his ever-changing role would seem to indicate, Alvarez is not considered a top prospect within the organization. However, his phenomenal numbers this season are certainly nothing to ignore.