Express pitchers earn PCL awards

Alvarez named to All-PCL team, Rowley named Pitcher of the Week


A pair of Express pitchers are ending the season on a high note. 

Round Rock reliever R.J. Alvarez was named to the All-Pacific Coast League Team, while starter Chris Rowley took home PCL Pitcher of the Week honors in the penultimate week of the season. 

For Alvarez, it’s the first all-league team nomination of his career in the same season he was also named to the All-Star team. 

The right-handed closer leads the league with 23 saves and 40 games finished and is third across all of Triple-A in saves. He’s 3-4 with a 3.64 ERA in 43 appearances for the Express this season. 

Alvarez has appeared in 31 major league games with the San Diego Padres and Oakland A’s and has a 7.39 ERA. He was claimed by the Rangers off waivers from the Chicago Cubs last September. 

Rowley was also a waiver claim, joining the Texas organization from the Toronto Blue Jays on July 23 and has four straight quality starts in the last two weeks. 

He’s allowed one run on six hits with 14 strikeouts over 12 innings in the last week, highlighted by a seven-strikeout performance in which he allowed just one run and helped the Express beat the New Orleans Baby Cakes on Sunday night. 

Rowley signed with the Blue Jays as a non-drafted free agent in 2013 but spent two years in East Europe deployed with the Army. He returned in 2016 to resume his pitching career and has made eight appearances in the big leagues. 

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