For all of the Mets pitching strength, there’s a bit of a vacuum when it comes to left-handers, so right now anyoen who is on the Mes and is a borderline prospect that throws lefty is probably going to get serious look, especially when the only solidified lefty in the big league pen is Josh Edgin.
Dario Alvarez played three seasons in the Phillies Dominican Summer League team between 2007 and 2009. He then made his way to the Mets organization at the age of 24 in 2013. Overall in the minors he has a 20-14 record with a 2.66 ERA over 304.0 innings, a 1.178 WHIP, 10.4 K/9 and a 3.03 K/BB ratio.
Last year for the Mets he played in Savannah, St. Lucie and Binghamton with a 10-1 record over 29 games, 6 starts, 73.1 innings with a 1.10 ERA, 0.886 WHIP, 14 K/9 and a 6.71 K/BB ratio, so his numbers shot up, which is why we are now talking about him. He spent the bulk of the season in Savannah where he was 3.3 years older than the average player, so that probably factors into his numbers a bit.
I’m guessing that he is going to start high in the Mets organization this year, and when the normal bullpen changes start, if he is putting up numbers close to what he did last year, he may get a shot because as stated earlier, we need lefties. He’s intriguing but he is also an older player entering this season at 26.