2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Yordan Alvarez
Colby Conway takes an in-depth look at Yordan Alvarez and lets fantasy baseball owners know what they can expect from the Astros DH/OF during the 2020 MLB season.
Houston’s primary designated hitter Yordan Alvarez is coming off an impressive rookie campaign that saw him unanimously win the American League Rookie of the Year award despite appearing in just 87 games. Fantasy owners everywhere were eagerly awaiting the imminent call up of Alvarez for what felt like years. After hitting 23 home runs and slashing a ridiculous .343/.443/.742 at Triple-A before getting the call, Alvarez came up and brought his picturesque lefty stroke to Houston. In 87 games with the Astros, he swatted 27 home runs, drove in 78 runs and slashed a very respectable .313/.412/.655. Alvarez is an intriguing fantasy player this year, considering he has elite offensive potential, but his dearth of lineup flexibility could leave fantasy owners feeling pigeonholed.
On a statistical level, it was incredibly encouraging to see Alvarez avoid a significant drop off once being promoted to the big leagues. He hit at a high level, his walk rate remained similar, and his...