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Pirates | Pedro Alvarez still striking out

Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez has shown some improvement at the plate, hitting safely in 15 of his past 17 after the game Wednesday, June 19, against the Cincinnati Reds. However, he entered the game with 81 strikeouts in 215 at-bats, and he had a .282 on-base percentage. "How do you maximize the swing of the bat that you get when you get it?" manager Clint Hurdle said. "He's been a very good run producer for this team this season. He's had a lot of opportunities, as well, but he has shown the ability to rise to the occasion."

Fantasy Tip: The manager has Alvarez's back, so despite his lower batting average and high strikeout rate, it doesn't sound like his playing time will be dwindling anytime soon. Fantasy owners would like to see improvement, especially those in rotisserie formats, as he has been a killer in OBP.

2013-06-19 20:11:33 | Source: MLB.com - Jeremy Warnemuende

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