Baseball: R.J. Alvarez selected by Los Angeles Angels in third round of MLB Draft

Rolando Rosa

R.J. Alvarez. Photo by Christine Capozziello.

He had to wait an extra day, but R.J. Alvarez is going pro.

Owls relief pitcher R.J Alvarez was picked 114th by the Los Angeles Angels in the third round of the MLB Draft. The 40 round draft began on May 4 and goes all the way up to Wednesday. After being picked on Day 2, Alvarez becomes the highest drafted Owl since the Orioles chose Jeff Fiorentino 79th in 2004.

Alvarez, a junior, went 5-0 with eight saves and a 0.72 ERA coming out of the bullpen for the regular season Sun Belt champion Owls this year.

Before the season began, the 6-foot-1 180 pound Alvarez was named the 47th best prospect in the country by Baseball America.

A management major at FAU, Alvarez attended Cardinal Newman High School and is from Royal Palm Beach.

Other FAU players who could be drafted later on: catcher Mike Spano, pitcher Ryan Garton, third baseman Kyle Newton, outfielder Alex Hudak, and second baseman/catcher Mike Albaladejo.