June 11, 2012
Boca Raton, FL - Postseason honors continue to roll in for Florida Atlantic University baseball players after capturing the Sun Belt Conference's regular-season championship. Junior pitcher R.J. Alvarez earned second team All-South Central Region honors, selected by the American Baseball Coaches Association, after a spectacular 2012 campaign.
"R.J. had a fabulous junior year and worked hard in his three years," said John McCormack, FAU's head baseball coach. "I am very proud of him and his accomplishments. He comes from a wonderful family and his success is well deserved."
The Royal Palm Beach native posted a 5-0 record and eight saves with a dazzling 0.73 earned run average in anchoring the Owls' bullpen this spring. He recorded 47 strike outs and only 10 walks in 37.2 innings over 22 mound appearances. The junior right hander was named to the midseason watch list for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association "Stopper of the Year", and earned first team All-Sun Belt Conference (SBC) honors.
Last week, Alvarez was the Los Angeles Angels' top draft pick as a third-round selection (114th overall) in this year's Major League Baseball Draft. He became the fourth-highest draft pick in FAU history, and was this year's top draft pick among SBC players.
Before becoming a standout relief pitcher, Alvarez started 26 games in his first two seasons in Boca Raton. He posted a 14-7 career record with a 4.19 ERA and 168 strikeouts in 171.2 innings.
Florida Atlantic had a 32-22 record this spring - the program's 14th straight winning season.