Who is Yordan Alvarez, and where did he come from?

If you wanted a literal answer, he was born in Las Tunas, Cuba.

The 21-year-old is still squeaky-clean from the minor leagues and is already making history. I’m going to pretend I didn’t watch the Houston Astros embarrassingly lose to the Toronto Blue Jays last night. Instead, I’ll draw your attention to one of the best players in not just Houston, but the entire league right now.

The Houston Astros are once again dominating the MLB, currently leading the AL West with a 48-23 record. Among star players like Jose Altuve, George Springer, and Alex Bregman, the 2017 World Series champions have brought someone new to the plate: Yordan Alvarez.

I’m gonna go ahead and say it – Yordan isn’t gonna stop anytime soon. One week in and he’s already breaking records. Associated Press writes that he “became the fourth player in major league history to hit four home runs in his first five games.”

If you haven’t seen him on television, you must not be watching the right channel. Alvarez has quickly made himself a spot in the hearts of Astros fans everywhere. Yordan is the fourth player in MLB history – yes, you read that right – to hit four homeruns in five games. Oh, and by five games, I meant as in his first five games, as if he wasn’t impressive enough.

Yordan Alvarez’s talent has been around before he put on an Astros uniform. He began the 2019 season with the Round Rock Express, playing for the Corpus Christi Hooks in the previous season. In his short time in the minor leagues this 2019 season, Yordan had 50 runs and a .343 batting average.

Alvarez had his MLB debut on Sunday, June 9 against the Orioles. He made an incredible first impression by hitting a home run that brought two players in. For those who think it was just a case of beginner’s luck, think again – as of today, Yordan Alvarez has played six games in the MLB. He’s hit homeruns in all except one of them. Yordan is not lucky. Yordan is beyond impressive. Astros manager A.J. Hinch praises Alvarez, saying “There’s a lot he’s doing right, and it starts with the right mindset and the right mental attitude to be at this level at an early age.”

As a lifelong Astros fan, I don’t think I can find the words to accurately describe how excited I am to have Yordan Alvarez on this team. His stats alone are remarkable – it’s not hard to understand why his name keeps being brought up in MLB news. If you’re somehow still not amazed by his accomplishments so far, I’d like to remind you that he has been playing in the major leagues for only a week.

#44 is certainly someone I’m looking forward to watch play. Whether or not you root for the Astros, Yordan Alvarez is the kind of player that captivates. I can only hope that the rest of his career is just as impressive.