Former EKU Colonel Mandy Alvarez has been named to the Double A All Star team. Alvarez plays for the Trenton Thunder, affiliate of the New York Yankees.
As a senior in high school for Killian in Miami he hit .490 as a junior and .400 as a senior being named all Dade County both seasons but went undrafted out of high school. He went to FIU where he only got thirty seven at bats and transferred to Miami Dade College. He hit .376 for Dade and helped lead them to a runner up finish in the junior college world series.
After that season he had many opportunities to play Division one baseball and he chose Eastern Kentucky as the Colonels were the only school willing to hold the scholarship for him as he worked to become eligible. That gamble for EKU paid off as Alvarez was a starter in first season in Richmond where he hit .319 and had twelve home runs. His senior season he really blossomed into a superstar player starting all fifty five games for Eastern. He hit .409 led the country in hits per game, had thirteen doubles and thirteen homers while knocking in fifty eight runs. He had a .646 slugging percentage while only striking out twenty four time in over two hundred at bats. He was also solid on defense posting a .921 fielding percentage with one hundred fifteen assists and forty nine putouts while committing fourteen errors. He was named Co-Offensive player of the year in the Ohio Valley.
After his senior season he had put himself on the radar of multiple major league teams. On draft day Alvarez had gotten a phone call from the Philadelphia Philles letting him know they planned on drafting him but before that could happen the NY Yankees took him in the seventeenth round.
This season in sixty seven games for the Thunder he is batting .274 with seven homers and thirty seven RBI. He has also added eighteen doubles. The All Star game is set for July 11th.