Alvarez started 18 games last year after transferring in from Cerritos Junior College in California. He will play at third base this season.
1997: Started 18 and played in 39 games on season, primarily at third base and notched four multi-hit games ... finished month of March hitting .250 (12-48) with 11 RBI ... drove in five RBI and went 2-4 with triple and home run in start vs. Iowa State ... drove home two RBI with double vs. Iowa State ... had two hits (2-4) with triple, run and RBI vs. Howard Payne ... went 2-3 with double vs. Oklahoma State ... drove in two runs with home run at TCU ... went 1-4 with home run, 2RBI and two runs at Missouri ... drove in four runs, scored run, hit home run and went 2-4 vs. Grand Canyon. 1994-96 at Cerritos J.C.: Played at Cerritos Junior College for head coach Ken Gayland ... batted .347 with six home runs, 32 RBI and 16 doubles as a freshman ... named Freshman of the Year after leading team to state championship game ... Dean's List student who transferred 66 hours to Texas Tech.
High School: A 1994 graduate of Gahr High School in Cerritos, Calif. where he played and started for four years for coaches Tom Burgeron, Rey Sanches and Kurt Ruth ... played shortstop and third base ... named to Press-Telegram Dream Team ... led team to state finals and championship game ... Dean's List student and graduated with honors.
Personal: Born Jose DeJesus Alvarez on December 5, 1975 in Los Angeles, Calif. ... son of Jose and Carmen Alvarez of Cerritos, Calif. ... has sister Brenda and brother Paul ... hobbies include bowling ... rates Blair Field in Long Beach as his favorite place to play ... selected Texas Tech over eight other schools primarily because of the coaching staff and facilities ... most admires Brett Butler because he always plays hard ... if he could change baseball, he would take out the designated hitter rule.
ALVAREZ' CAREER STATISTICS