RENO, Nev. – Head Nevada baseball coach TJ Bruce announced today that former major league pitcher and World Series champion Abe Alvarez will be joining his coaching staff next season. Alvarez spent three years playing in the major leagues for the Boston Red Sox.
Alvarez will join head coach TJ Bruce in his fourth season with the Wolf Pack, fresh off of its Mountain West regular-season championship.
“We are beyond excited to have Abe join our baseball staff for the upcoming season,” said head coach TJ Bruce. “His experience both at the collegiate and major league levels will be vital to our team’s success moving forward and help us take the next step as a program.”
The Los Angeles, Calif. native will bring his toughness to the team after pitching in the major leagues with a legally-blind left eye. That didn’t stop him from being the 49th pick in the 2003 MLB draft, and pitching at Fenway Park at age 21.
An alumni of Long Beach State, Alvarez was ranked as one of the 30 all-time greatest baseball players in school history between 1954 and 2006. He finished his collegiate career as the winningest left-hander in school history, posting a 23-5 record and winning back-to-back Big West Pitcher of the Year honors.
Alvarez was drafted in the second round of the 2003 MLB draft by the Boston Red Sox, and was the fastest player in the history of the organization to advance from Single-A ball to the majors. His first appearance for the Red Sox came on July 22, 2004. He was the youngest member of that 2004 squad to earn a World Series ring.
After retiring in 2010, the Los Angeles native became a pitching coach at Cerritos High School before serving as the head coach at St. Bernard High School. Alvarez and his wife Natalie have two children, Isabella and Benjamin.