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24 Pedro Alvarez 1B
Height/Weight: 6-3/240 | Birthdate: 2/6/1987 | Birthplace: Santo Domingo, DR | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Pittsburgh | College: Vanderbilt | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $700,000 | Owned/Started%: 76/51 | Average Draft Position: 185.50
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Pedro Alvarez, Neil Walker out of Pirates' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(12:40 pm ET) First baseman Pedro Alvarez and second baseman Neil Walker are both out of the Pirates' Sunday lineup. 

Alvarez is replaced by Sean Rodriguez, who gets his second start of the year at first base. Rodriguez will hit sixth.

Walker's absence requires shifts at all other infield positions. Josh Harrison moves over from third place to replace Walker at second. Jung Ho Kang moves to third from shortstop, and Jordy Mercer returns to the lineup at short, for just the second time in eight games. 


Pirates 1B Pedro Alvarez goes 2 for 4 Saturday, belts eighth homer


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez launched his eighth home run of the season in the 8-2 victory over the Mets on Saturday. Alvarez, who also had an RBI-double on the afternoon, hit his solo home run in the bottom of the first off Matt Harvey, giving his club an early 3-0 lead. 

This was his third home run over his last 10 games, but is still sporting a low .233 batting average on the season. 

“It’s always good when Pedro drives in a couple runs in a game,” manager Clint Hurdle said, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Usually works out well for us.”


Pedro Alvarez hits solo homer in Pirates' loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez hit a solo home run in the fourth inning of Tuesday's loss to Minnesota. 

Alvarez went 2 for 5, improving his average to .227. He homered for the seventh time and drove in his 17th run. 


Corey Hart in, Pedro Alvarez out of Pirates lineup Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez will not be the first baseman Saturday. He is out of the lineup against Cubs left-hander Jon Lester.

Corey Hart is set to man the position instead.

Alvarez has just one hit in 12 at-bats against lefties this season. But Hart is 1-for-13 against them in 2015.


Pirates' Pedro Alvarez homers in three-hit day


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez went 3 for 6 in Friday's 12-inning loss to the Cubs. 

Alvarez lifted his average to .218. He hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, his sixth of the year, producing his 16th RBI. 


Pirates going without Andrew McCutchen on Thursday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen is not in Thursday's lineup against the Phillies. More than likely, this is just a day off for the veteran. 

After a cold start in April, McCutchen has seen his batting average rise as he's recorded hits in seven of his last eight games. 

Outfielder Gregory Polanco is back in the lineup and hitting first. First baseman Pedro Alvarez is hitting fifth. Third baseman Jung Ho Kang is hitting sixth and catcher Chris Stewart is batting ninth. 


Pirates' Gregory Polanco and Pedro Alvarez not starting Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/13/2015) With a left-hander on the mound Wednesday, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has juggled his lineup for the matchup against the Phillies.

Left-handed batters Gregory Polanco and Pedro Alvarez are out of the lineup, while Corey Hart covers right field and Sean Rodriguez handles first base. Josh Harrison will move up to the leadoff spot in the order.

Second baseman Neil Walker is sliding down to the seventh spot in the lineup. This is the first time all season he has hit lower than sixth in the order.


Pirates' Polanco, Walker, Alvarez out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) The Pirates are using Sunday to give several players a break from starting, as right fielder Gregory Polanco, second baseman Neil Walker and first baseman Pedro Alvarez are not in the lineup against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are sending a lefty to the mound, making it the first time in 10 games that the Pirates have faced a lefty starter. Polanco and Alvarez have been in the lineup for that entire stretch but also sat in the team's last game against a southpaw. The switch-hitting Walker also received last Sunday off from starting.

With the shakeup to the lineup, Josh Harrison will man second and return to the leadoff spot, while Jung Ho Kang will bat second and play third base.

The Pirates are favorites (-115) at home Sunday.


Pirates 1B Pedro Alvarez has tough matchup Friday vs. Wacha


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Not many hitters have enjoyed great success against Cardinals young standout Michael Wacha, but Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez has been particularly poor heading into the matchup against him Friday night.

Alvarez has just one hit in nine at-bats lifetime against Wacha. That hit traveled over the fence, but the mark is still .111. with three strikeouts.


Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez blasts fifth home run of 2015


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez went 1 for 2 at the plate with four walks in Pittsburgh's 3-2 loss to the Cardinals in 14 innings on Sunday.

Alvarez did his damage in the 12th inning when he took a Samuel Tuivailala pitch over the right field wall for a solo shot, his fifth of the season. Alvarez is now hitting .227 with 12 RBI in 75 at-bats this year.


Pirates 1B Pedro Alvarez to miss second start of year


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez is not listed in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game. It's just the second time this year that Alvarez has missed a start at first. 

Corey Hart replaces Alvarez at first. It's his second start there this season and second in the last seven games. He'll bat cleanup. 

The Pirates are +107 money line underdogs at the Cubs. 


Pirates' Gregory Polanco, Pedro Alvarez back in the lineup Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco and first baseman Pedro Alvarez are back in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Cubs, the team announced.

Polanco got the day off Tuesday with Sean Rodriguez getting the start in right. Polanco is hitting .250 with four doubles and three RBI in 52 at-bats this season. Alvarez got his first day off of the season Tuesday, allowing Corey Hart to take over at first. Alvarez is hitting .227 with four home runs and seven RBI in 44 at-bats this season.

The Pirates are currently the favorites (-110) against Chicago.


Pirates bench Polanco, Alvarez on Tuesday against Cubs lefty


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco and first baseman Pedro Alvarez had missed one start between them heading into Tuesday. But both are absent from the lineup against Cubs southpaw Travis Wood.

Alvarez has been particularly unproductive against Wood. He is 1 for 18 against him lifetime. Polanco has just one hit agianst lefties this season.


Pirates' Pedro Alvarez slugs fourth home run Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez went 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 5-2 win over the Brewers Sunday.

Alvarez knocked his fourth home run of the season in the third inning to break a 2-2 tie and put his team up for good. He has hit .256/.310/.590 with four home runs and seven RBI in 39 at-bats over 12 games.


Early results positive for Pirates slugger Pedro Alvarez


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Just as it did for Indians slugger Carlos Santana in 2014, the move from third base to first base appears to have had a positive effect at the plate for Pedro Alvarez.

The Pirates made the switch after turning down trade proposals during the offseason. Alvarez has responded with a fine start. He boasts a slash line of .308/.333/.692 with three home runs and five RBI in 26 at-bats.

It's too early to determine how well Alvarez will perform long-term at his new position. He has one error in eight games.

"There's a lot more to it [than people realize]," he told ESPN. "With every position, there's a lot of responsibility that comes with it. I've never played first before, so it's obviously all new to me. It's just a matter of getting the repetitions and the work in and having those things become second nature."

Alvarez made at least 25 errors every year from 2012 to 2014 as a third baseman. The emergence of Josh Harrison prompted his move to first.


Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez cracks third home run


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez went 1 for 3 in Pittsburgh's 5-4 win over the Tigers Monday. Alvarez led off the seventh inning with a solo home run to center field off of Anibal Sanchez to extend Pittsburgh's lead to 3-1.

It was Alvarez's third home run of the year and boosted his average .304 in 23 at-bats.


Pedro Alvarez homers in Pirates win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Pedro Alvarez led off the fourth with a home run in the Pirates 6-2 win over the Brewers on Friday. 

Alvarez went two for four, with two runs and two RBI. He has two home runs on the season and is hitting .357. 


Pirates 1B Pedro Alvarez hits first home run Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez went 2 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 3-2 loss to the Reds Thursday.

Alvarez was 1 for 6 with a double in his first two games before putting together a nice offensive showing Thursday. His home run came in the sixth inning and put his team up 2-0, but the Pirates let the lead slip away in the bottom half of the inning. Alvarez has two 30-homer seasons on his resume but hit just .231/.312/.405 with 18 home runs in 398 at-bats last season.


Pirates 1B Pedro Alvarez homers twice vs. Phillies


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez went 2 for 4 with a walk, two home runs and six RBI in Monday's 18-4 win over the Phillies.

Alvarez smacked a two-run home run in the fifth inning before coming back with a grand slam in the eighth. He has hit .325 with four home runs in 40 at-bats this spring and said after the outing that spring stats "don't count, but they do matter," per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


Pirates Pedro Alvarez looking to stick at first base


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez is hoping to stick at his new position after converting from third base, reports triblive.com.

On opening day, Alvarez will be the team's 54th first baseman in its 129-year history.

“It's a matter of getting used to seeing the field from that point of view,” Alvarez said. “I need to get the reps in so the responsibilities that come with playing that position become second nature to me.”

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington talked about the team's past efforts of platooning the position.

“You can't develop something you don't have. You can't buy something you can't afford,” general manager Neal Huntington said. “That's why we've tried to platoon. Over the last couple of years, we've realized that's a challenge for a National League manager. Platoons are much harder here than they are in the American League, especially with a one-dimensional player who can only play one position.”

The hope around the organization is that they can get quality production from Alvarez.

“Our hope that is between Pedro Alvarez and Corey Hart, we'll get quality major league production,” Huntington said.

The 28-year-old is batting .306 with two home runs, nine RBI and eight strikeouts this spring.


Pirates Pedro Alvarez experimenting with new stance


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) The Pirates are making an adjustment to infielder Pedro Alvarez's stance to help improve his offensive output. 

Working with hitting coach Jeff Branson, Alvarez is resting his bat on his shoulder before starting his swing, instead of holding it off the shoulder. 

“We're trying to ... figure out ways to get him relaxed at the plate and take the tension out of him at the plate,” Jeff Branson said, per Travis Sawchik of Trib Total Media. “You'll see him start on the shoulder and take it off when he's ready to hit."

It seems to be working. Alvarez is hitting .381 this spring, with two home runs and eight RBI. 


Pirates 1B Pedro Alvarez returns from elbow injury Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez returned to the spring lineup Thursday against the Red Sox after missing a few days due to a hyperextended elbow. He was hitless in two at-bats.

Pirates 1B Pedro Alvarez (elbow) expected back Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said first baseman Pedro Alvarez (elbow) is expected to return to game action Thursday against the Red Sox, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"Pedro was given a very aggressive workout today and the reports came back that he's fine and ready to go," Hurdle said.


Pirates' Pedro Alvarez dealing with hyperextended elbow


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez suffered a hyperextended elbow and will miss a few games while recovering, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Alvarez indicated that the elbow is fine and the Pirates said he can work out as tolerable. The former third baseman is spending his first spring training at first base and said last week he feels comfortable with the shift.

Alvarez hit .231/.312/.405 with 18 home runs, 56 RBI and eight stolen bases in 398 at-bats.


Pirates' Pedro Alvarez feeling comfortable at first


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Pirates infielder Pedro Alvarez is feeling comfortable at first base, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

After playing third the past couple of seasons, Alvarez will transition to first base full-time in 2015. The 28-year-old is still getting used to the position, but he seems comfortable with the change.

"It’s just a matter of getting used to seeing the field from that point of view, get the reps in so that the responsibilities that come with playing the position become second nature," he said. "That’s just with time and repetitions."

Alvarez hit .231/.312/.405 over 398 at-bats last season.