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Henderson Alvarez called up; Becomes third member of 2017 Ducks to return to MLB; 18th in franchise history

(Central Islip, N.Y., Sept. 13, 2017) – The Philadelphia Phillies today called up former Long Island Ducks pitcher Henderson Alvarez to the Major Leagues. He returns to the game’s highest level for the first time since May of 2015, when he was a member of the Miami Marlins and is the third member of the 2017 Ducks to reach the MLB level after spending time on Long Island this season.

“We are proud to have watched three members of this year’s club reach the Major League level after playing on Long Island,” said Ducks President/GM Michael Pfaff. “We wish Henderson the best of luck as he writes the next chapter of his big league career.”

Alvarez made seven starts for the Ducks after signing with the team on July 14. The righty totaled a 2-1 record with a 3.09 ERA, yielding just 11 earned runs in 32 innings of work. The Venezuela native pitched a season-high seven innings on August 20 in Long Island’s 6-5 walk-off win over the Lancaster Barnstormers. Prior to that, he had given up just one run over five innings and earned the win in each of his previous two starts.

The Phillies purchased Alvarez’s contract on August 26 and assigned him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley in the International League. With the IronPigs, he made three starts and totaled a 2-0 record with a 2.84 ERA and gave up just six earned runs in 19 innings of work. In his final start on September 4 against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA, Yankees), he twirled seven innings of one-run ball, allowing just five hits and two walks while striking out three.

The 27-year-old has spent five seasons in the Major Leagues, including two with the Toronto Blue Jays (2011-12) and three with the Miami Marlins (2013-15). In 92 MLB starts, he has compiled a 27-34 record with a 3.80 ERA, five complete games, five shutouts and 296 strikeouts over 563 innings. The Miami resident was selected to represent the National League at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game in Minneapolis. In addition, he tossed a no-hitter for the Marlins on the final day of the 2013 season in a 1-0 walk-off win over the Detroit Tigers.

As the third member of the 2017 Ducks to earn a promotion to the Major Leagues, Alvarez joins righthanded pitcher Tim Melville, who was promoted to MLB by the Minnesota Twins on August 21, and outfielder Quintin Berry, who was called up to the big leagues by the Milwaukee Brewers on September 5. He is also the 18th player in franchise history to reach the Majors after playing on Long Island and first to be called up by the Phillies. The following is the complete list of Ducks players to reach MLB after playing on Long Island:


Henderson Alvarez 2017 Philadelphia Phillies 2017
Quintin Berry 2017 Milwaukee Brewers 2017
Tim Melville 2017 Minnesota Twins 2017
Rich Hill 2015 Boston Red Sox 2015
Scott Rice 2008 New York Mets 2013
Lew Ford 2009, 2011-Present Baltimore Orioles 2012
Kip Wells 2010 San Diego Padres 2012
Justin Hampson 2010 New York Mets 2012
Joey Gathright 2010 Boston Red Sox 2011
Robinson Cancel 2010 Houston Astros 2011
Erick Almonte 2006 Milwaukee Brewers 2011
Jay Gibbons 2008 Los Angeles Dodgers 2010
Mel Stocker 2006 Milwaukee Brewers 2007
Nelson Figueroa 2006 New York Mets 2008
Ken Ray 2002 Atlanta Braves 2006
Bill Pulsipher 2004 St. Louis Cardinals 2005
Pedro Borbon Jr. 2003 St. Louis Cardinals 2003
Carlos Baerga 2001 Boston Red Sox 2002


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