Here follows a remarkable story of a guy who must have found the glass slipper, put it on, and found out it fit.
A short glimpse at the career, and remarkable turn in career, for one Dario Alvarez:
He pitched decently in 2007 thru 2009 in Phils’ developmental league then disappeared for 3 years. Pitched nowhere. Injury, whatever. Who knows. Gone.
Then in 2013, Mets sign the 24 year old and assign him to Brooklyn.
First 5 outings? 23 innings, 17 runs. Yuk. Mistake signing this bum, right?
Then from out of nowhere, a 6 inning, 1 hit, 12 K gem. Then 2 more games with 7 innings and 8 runs. Back to yuk.
Then it clicked. Last 4 outings in 2013, 22 innings, 2 runs, 20 Ks. Hmm....
Overall, a decent, but improving 2013. No real sign this guy is really a guy you’d ever see in majors
He's 25 now. Gotta promote him, right, so off he goes to Savannah.
To recap the Alvarez renaissance in Savannah, he had only 3 weak outings, in which he gave up 10 runs in 7 innings. Otherwise, in 17 other games there, he gave up 2 runs in 54 innings and averaged 15 K’s per 9. Ridiculous. Koufax would approve.
He then gets in 9 games and 12 innings with Bingo and Lucie in August, and gives up no runs and K’s 19. Jumps two levels - that's remarkable.
But wait - there's more:
He's called up to the majors. 12 innings above midlle A ball. Just like that. What just happened?? Cinderella story. Something you rarely ever see. Something I can't ever recall since the Mets called Ryan after his Class A (and brief AA cameo) back in 1966.
Then, in his first major league game, he is thrown into a pressure spot!! One run game, man in scoring position! A guy who was in Savannah a month ago! Sad to say, he gave up a hit, but man, a remarkable story.