Yordan Alvarez is one of the best players in the league, and that’s hard to say with him being a Houston Astro. However, it’s true, but it hurts more knowing he was a part of the Dodgers organization at one point.
The Dodgers traded away the then 19-year-old for right-handed reliever Josh Fields, and at the time, Alvarez wasn’t even mentioned by name, referring to him as “Cuban minor league infielder/outfielder” in the press release.
It’s a bad trade that Los Angles made, and they’ll take it back ten times out of 10 now, but Alvarez wasn’t lighting the world on fire before his minor-league career.
Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron told LA Times columnist Jorge Castillo that even he didn’t see anything special before his 2019 AL Rookie of the Year campaign.
“I saw him a little in spring training in 2019, but I didn’t think that he was that good,” Cintrón said. “Then he [thrived] in triple A. He was at another level. His mentality. His maturity. How he controls the plate. What he does, his approach, everything. Impressive.”
A lineup with Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, and Yordan Alvarez would have been terrifying for the opposing team. But, all we can do now is dream as Dodger fans while Yordan is playing in his third World Series in his first four seasons as a pro.
You never know how these players could turn out, especially at a young age, but the Dodgers fumbled in that regard.
We won’t harp on this for too long; we have a great squad on our side, and when the Dodgers are right, they are a fun watch.
But can you imagine?
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