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Pedro Alvarez – Pittsburgh Pirates 3B


H/W:  6-2  210 lb.     B/T: L/R     DOB: 7/18/87

After a long and bitter contract negotiation, the Pittsburgh Pirates finally came to an agreement with the former Vanderbilt star after the August 14 deadline.  Alvarez is a very polished hitter who already has a bat that is close to major league ready.  His left-handed swing generates above average power and should hit for a fairly high batting average at the major league level.  Scouts have praised him for the high level of energy and competitive drive that he brings to the ballpark every day.  A broken hamate bone in his hand cut into Alvarez's '08 season, but he worked dilligently to get back on the field within a month of the injury.  When he did return, Pedro struggled to produce the same consistent power that he had demonstrated prior to the injury, which has some baseball officials concerned about potential lingering power issues.  Additionally, Alvarez's defensive tools at 3B are average across the board and some think that he will eventually need to make the switch over to 1B in the future.  All told, the Pirates have to be ecstatic to finally land their highest draft choice since selecting Bryan Bullington with the 1st overall pick in 2003.  All signs point to Alvarez being a much better player than Bullington, giving the Bucs hope that they will finally right the ship that has been sinking since the days of Barry Bonds and Bobby Bonilla.

2009 Projection: Given the fact that Alvarez signed a major league contract, it is reasonable to believe that the Pirates will promote him aggressively to High-A Lynchburg to start the season.  Watch to see how his power numbers and plate discipline shape up early in the season.  If things look good, the Bucs will bump him to AA at some point in the season.  Adam LaRoche's future with Pittsburgh likely will not extend beyond the 2009 season and the Pirates would love to see either Alvarez or Adam's little brother Andy fill that position in the not too distant future.  Expect Pedro in this lineup at some point in 2010.

Key Pedro Alvarez Baseball Cards:

  • 2008 Razor Auto #/499
  • 2008 Razor Exclusives Auto
  • 2008 Team USA Auto #/249



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