Express OF Yordan Alvarez Earns Astros Player of the Month Honors
ROUND ROCK, Texas - What a week for Round Rock Express OF Yordan Alvarez! The slugging outfield prospect has been named the Houston Astros Minor League Player of the Month for April, the club announced. This marks Alvarez' third award in as many days as he was named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week on Monday and the Pacific Coast League Player of the Month on Tuesday.
Alvarez led all Astros farmhands with 11 home runs during the month, nearly twice the next closest hitter. He also led the organization with 29 RBI and 20 runs scored in just 21 games during April. His .347 batting average during that stretch also finished second in the system to only Double-A Corpus Christi's Lorenzo Quintana, who batted .349 in 11 games last month. He also finished second among all Astros minor leaguers with nine doubles.
The Cuba native is widely regarded as one of the top prospects in baseball and is currently tabbed as the third-best prospect in the Astros organization, as well as the 41st-overall prospect in baseball, by MLB.com. He was originally acquired by Houston in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers for RHP Josh Fields on August 1, 2016.
Alvarez re-wrote the Express history books during his season-opening hot stretch, becoming the first player in franchise history to hit double-digit home runs in April, as well as the first E-Train hitter to tally more than 10 longballs in a single calendar month since Will Middlebrooks hit 12 in June of 2017. Only two players in affiliated baseball tallied more home runs through the month of April than Alvarez, the Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger and the Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich, who each needed 30 games to hit 14 dingers.
The 21-year-old currently leads the Pacific Coast League in nearly every offensive category, including home runs (13), RBI (38), extra-base hits (24) and total bases (91), while ranking second in OBP (.484), SLG (.867), OPS (1.351), hits (41) and runs (30).
Fans can catch Alvarez and the rest of the Express in action when the team returns home on Saturday, May 11 to open a season-long 13-game homestand with a four-game set against the Oklahoma City Dodgers (Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate). First pitch in the series opener at Dell Diamond on May 11 is set for 7:05 p.m.
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