By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– While most freshman are wondering if they’ll make it to the starting lineup on their respective Junior Varsity squads, Danny Alvarado is one of the few freshman, similar the road that brother Sean and teammate Ryan Brown have done before him, who are trying to make a splash with the Varsity squad and lineup.
Over the past few days, the freshman catcher was invited by USA Baseball to attend a big-time Invite Showcase at Stanford University and Santa Clara University, going up against kids from California and Nevada between the two Universities as he showcased his defensive skills at third base and behind the dish and went up against guys throwing 85-plus miles-an-hour.
South teammate Ryan Brown was clocked in that range over the summertime.
“Playing against this competition is what I need to do, getting ready for High School pitching is my priority right now. Stanford and Santa Clara were amazing to play at. There coaching staffs are top notch,” said Alvarado on the experience in the Bay Area. “The weather was amazing. I saw guys throwing 85+ all weekend. And I handled it really well. I really like to travel and see different schools.
“What I look forward to most is playing with the best High School players in Oregon, and putting on that South Salem Jersey for the first time. Playing with the best Catcher in Oregon (Aaron Zavala) and other highly ranked players like my brother Sean Alvarado and Ryan Brown. I’m playing with the Swat Prospects next weekend in Las Vegas, I will continue to do my best and show colleges that I can play at that level.”
With the eyes of some college coaches on him already from this showcase, the frosh will now take his talents to Las Vegas this weekend with the SWAT Baseball Prosepcts U18 squad, Alvarado is already taking the lessons from this past experience at the Invite Showcase for this upcoming weekend with SWAT.
And the main thing for him is with hitting against some great pitchers.
“Be ready to hit every pitch, I had good pitchers still throw me off speed when they were up and down in the count,” said Alvarado. “I’m going to use that in Vegas for sure. I learned a lot by playing with higher level players and older players. I’m going to stay in the gym and get stronger and only focus on the things I can control. Effort and Attitude.”
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