Francisco Alvarez Stats
- Height / Weight
- 5' 10" / 233 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 11/19/2001 (22)
Francisco Alvarez Season Stats
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Catcher Francisco Alvarez is close to signing a long-term contract extension with the New York Mets on Tuesday, according to a source. Alvarez is the team's catcher of the future. The 22-year-old Venezuelan backstop played in five games in 2022 and was called up in early April last year and stayed with the team the rest of the season. He hit .209/.284/.437 with 25 home runs, 12 doubles, 63 RBI and 51 runs scored in 423 plate appearances over 123 games played. Alvarez strikes out a lot and doesn't walk much, but his power abilities alone at the weak catching position make him very attractive in fantasy. The 22-year-old should also be an asset in the RBI category in a Mets lineup that should be stronger in 2024. Any extension with Alvarez will likely buy out the five years before he becomes a free agent.
New York Mets catcher Francisco Alvarez is open to signing a long-term deal with the club in the near future. The 22-year-old debuted with the club in the 2022 season but appeared in just five games before enjoying a solid rookie season. Alvarez hit just .209 but launched a healthy 25 home runs and knocked in 63 runs as part of a .721 OPS across 423 plate appearances at just 21 years of age in the 2023 campaign. One area where he slipped was in his walk rate as he walked in just 8% of his plate appearances despite far superior rates in the minors, including a 17.1% clip across 45 games at Triple-A in 2022. Nonetheless, the Mets would be wise to lock down their young backstop for the long-term considering his impressive production, and fantastic defense, as a young rookie a season ago.
New York Mets rookie catcher Francisco Alvarez (finger) appears to have avoided serious damage after getting hit on the fingers by foul balls in the game on Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies. "Just a finger contusion," manager Buck Showalter said. "He's been getting hit a lot lately." With the Mets having nothing to play for in the final week of the regular season, Alvarez could take at least a couple of days off before returning to catching duties, so expect Omar Narvaez to be behind the dish for the Mets on Tuesday for the start of a series against the Miami Marlins. The 21-year-old Venezuelan backstop has been a strong source of power at a weak position for fantasy managers in his first full big-league season with 23 homers and 57 RBI, but he's hit only .175 (28-for-160) with six homers, 22 RBI and 47 strikeouts in 52 games (41 starts) in the second half.
New York Mets catcher Francisco Alvarez was one of the better all-around catchers in baseball last season. His 2.7 fWAR tied him for eighth among catchers, even if his elite defense was the main factor. However, the bat has plenty of room to grow. In his age-21 season, Alvarez swatted 25 home runs, second-most among big-league backstops . However, he also hit just .209 with an 8% BB%. That said, his .222 BABIP was the lowest mark among the 31 catchers who made at least 300 trips to the plate in 2023. He posted such a low BABIP despite ranking in the 66th percentile in average exit velocity and 70th in hard-hit rate. Speaking to his walks, let's consider Alvarez walked in a whopping 17.1% of his plate appearances in 199 Triple-A plate appearances in 2022 while consistently posting big-time walk rates throughout his minor-league career. He's currently the 10th catcher being taken off the board around pick No. 147 but with some better batted-ball fortune and a reversion to his elite patience, he could creep toward the top five among big-league catchers in his sophomore season.