June 5, 2012
Boca Raton, FL - A spectacular 2012 season by Florida Atlantic University junior pitcher R.J. Alvarez has turned into the opportunity for a major league baseball career after being selected in the third round of this year's Major League Baseball Draft by the Los Angeles Angels. He was the 114th pick and the team's top pick in this year's draft.
"R.J. had a great career and a fabulous junior year," said John McCormack, FAU's head baseball coach. "He worked hard in his three years and deserves being a third rounder. I am very proud of him and his accomplishments. He comes from a wonderful family and his success is well deserved."
Alvarez, a right-handed relief pitcher from Royal Palm Beach, was a first-team All-Sun Belt Conference (SBC) selection this spring after compiling a 5-0 record with eight saves and a dazzling 0.76 earned run average. He recorded 47 strikeouts and only 10 walks in 37.2 innings over 22 mound appearances. He was named to the midseason watch list for National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association "Stopper of the Year."
Before becoming a standout relief pitcher, Alvarez started 26 games in his first two seasons at FAU. For his career, he posted a 14-7 record, a 4.19 ERA and 168 strikeouts in 171.2 innings.
Alvarez played a key role in Florida Atlantic winning this year's SBC regular-season championship and having a 32-22 record. This marked the program's 14th straight winning season.