Thursday, June 19, 2014

Two Bruins move on to professional baseball

With the 2014 MLB First Year Player Draft now complete and players reporting for camp, two former Bruins have found a home with an MLB club.

Both picked up by the Chicago White Sox, pitcher Tanner Banks was selected in the 18th round of the MLB Draft while infielder Eddy Alvarez signed a free-agent contract with the club.

Tanner Banks

Banks was drafted out of the University of Utah where he pitched the past two seasons for the Utes following the 2011 and 2012 seasons for the Bruins. This past season for the Utes he made 18 appearances including eight starts leading to 52 innings pitched. He was third on the club in strikeouts with 39 and did not commit an error in the field.

While at SLCC, he recorded an unblemished record of 16-0 in 38 appearances and 16 starts. In 112.2 career innings pitched, Banks racked up 106 strikeouts opposed to 50 walks and only gave up 15 extra base hits in 417 batters faced.

Eddy Alvarez

Alvarez played the 2011 season for the Bruins before solely focusing on speed skating where he was a member of the United States speed skating team in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. During his lone season, Alvarez made 63 starts at shortstop while hitting .311. Leading the team with 16 doubles that season; he also drove in 46 runs while scoring 45 runs.