Having traded for left-handed relief pitchers Jerry Blevins and Alex Torres yesterday, the Mets unsurprisingly optioned left-handed relief pitcher Dario Alvarez to minor league camp this morning. Alvarez and Rule 5 pick Sean Gilmartin were the only two lefty relievers in major league camp before the trades. As things stand right now, Gilmartin is still expected to be on the Opening Day roster.
Alvarez did not make Amazin' Avenue's top twenty-five Mets prospects for this season. The 26-year-old spent the grand majority of last season pitching in Single-A Savannah, where he had outstanding strikeout and walk rates. Late in the season, he made four appearances for High-A St. Lucie and five for Double-A Binghamton. Both of those brief stints went well, as he did not any runs in either of them.
This spring, Alvarez struggled with walks and had a 4.91 ERA in Grapefruit League games. He'll probably start the year in High-A or Double-A, and if things are going well, he could get a look in the big leagues if an opportunity arises at some point this summer.