Thu, 13 Mar 2014 08:10:00 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez, who hit his second homer of the spring Wednesday, March 12, and is hitting .320 so far, received praise from manager Clint Hurdle for his demeanor this spring. Hurdle said Alvarez has been focused but also has been at his most relaxed when at the plate.
Fantasy Tip: Adding maturity is a plus, but fantasy players shouldn't expect much more than what Alvarez offered last year outside of the potential for a slightly better BA.
Sun, 16 Feb 2014 20:25:35 -0800
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez, OF Chris Dickerson and OF Gregory Polanco reported to camp early Monday, Feb. 16.
Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:46:13 -0800
The Pittsburgh Pirates avoided arbitration with 3B Pedro Alvarez Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $4.25 million deal.
Thu, 07 Nov 2013 08:34:20 -0800
Major League Baseball announced its Silver Slugger Awards for the National League Wednesday, Nov. 6. The winners were Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen, St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals 2B Matt Carpenter, Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond, Cincinnati Reds OF Jay Bruce, Arizona Diamondbacks 1B Paul Goldschmidt, Colorado Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer and Los Angeles Dodgers SP Zack Greinke.
Sun, 06 Oct 2013 23:55:29 -0700
The Pittsburgh Pirates used a go-ahead single by 3B Pedro Alvarez to score a 5-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, Oct. 6, in Game 3 of the National League Division Series. Pittsburgh holds a 2-1 lead and can advance to the NL Championship Series for the first time since 1992 if it wins on Monday, Oct. 7.
Sun, 29 Sep 2013 11:07:04 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez hit his 36th home run of the season against the Cincinnati Reds Saturday, Sept. 28. The homer also gave him 100 RBIs for the first time in his career.
Thu, 11 Jul 2013 15:46:18 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez will replace Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (finger) in the 2013 MLB Home Run Derby.
Fantasy Tip: CarGo will use the time off to rest, most likely. Alvarez has had a fine pop season and shouldn't be affected for regular-season play by this development. It's his typical M.O. anyway -- mash now, worry about contact later.
Wed, 10 Jul 2013 10:21:02 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez is starting to use the opposite field with authority, and his power to all fields is exceptional, according to GM Neal Huntington.
Fantasy Tip: Such an evolution certainly bodes well for Alvarez's long-term prospects and helps to explain a kind of breakthrough 2013 in terms of isolated power. He still makes contact too infrequently to threaten to sustain a high batting average, unfortunately, but a better approach should raise his BA floor in the long term.
Sat, 06 Jul 2013 16:08:55 -0700
San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey and 2B Marco Scutaro, Arizona Diamondbacks 1B Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals 1B Allen Craig and 2B Matt Carpenter, Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez and OF Andrew McCutchen, Milwaukee Brewers SS Jean Segura and OF Carlos Gomez, San Diego Padres SS Everth Cabrera, Colorado Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer and Philadelphia Phillies OF Domonic Brown have been named as reserves for the National League team in the 2013 All-Star Game.
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:11:33 -0700
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.