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24 Pedro Alvarez 3B
Height/Weight: 6-3/235 | Birthdate: 2/6/1987 | Birthplace: Santo Domingo, DR | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Pittsburgh | College: Vanderbilt | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $700,000 | Owned/Started%: 90/58 | Average Draft Position: 112.59
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Clint Hurdle explains benching of Pedro Alvarez


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Clint Hurdle has compared Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez to Travis Snider and Josh Harrison in justifying his move to bench the former again Wednesday.

"He's not outplaying Harrison," he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Snider's a hot bat that's in the lineup."

Alvarez is leading the major leagues in errors, including 21 on bad throws, and owns a stat line of .238/.309/.437.


Pedro Alvarez out of lineup vs. RHP Wednesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez is out of the lineup for the second game in a row Wednesday against the Giants, despite the team facing a right-handed pitcher yet again. He has started just one of the team's last six games, though it is not yet clear if the knee injury that bothered him last week is still an issue.

'The Thing' could push Pedro Alvarez to the bench


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) "The Thing" has a hold on Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez - and it could cost him his starting job.

"The Thing" in baseball parlance is an inexplicable inability to throw accurately to the point it becomes a mental block. Alvarez has 23 errors this season, more than any player in any position in the major leagues, and 21 have come on throws. He has hidden when the media has come around to ask him about it, according to the Beaver County Times.

Alvarez has apparently allowed the problem to affect his hitting. He has not had a multi-hit game since July 10 and has just five hits in his last 25 at-bats. He has not scored or driven in a run in the last six games as his stat line has been weakened to .238/.326/.407. Despite cutting down a bit on his strikeouts this season, his production has suffered, though he has still managed 15 home runs and 47 RBI.


Pedro Alvarez returns from knee injury Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez returned to the starting lineup Sunday against the Rockies after missing three straight starts with a knee injury. Alvarez is batting .222 with two doubles, two home runs and five RBI in 18 July games.

Pedro Alvarez still can't return Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez missed his second game in a row Friday against the Rockies, due to discomfort in his left knee. He remains day to day moving forward as a result of this injury, which has kept him out since he left Wednesday's game.

Pedro Alvarez sits out Wednesday due to knee injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez was held out of the starting lineup Wednesday vs. L.A. Dodgers after leaving Tuesday's game due to knee discomfort. Josh Harrison started in Alvarez's absence.

Pedro Alvarez removed with knee discomfort Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez was removed from Tuesday's game with a knee issue.

Alvarez left the game with left knee discomfort. He was 1 for 2, with a double, before being removed from the game. 


Pedro Alvarez goes deep early in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez homered for the second time in four games Friday, in a 6-5 loss to the Reds.

Alvarez had just one hit in the game, a three-run home run that gave the Pirates the lead in the fourth. He finished the game 1 for 3 with a walk, one run scored and three driven in during the loss.

Alvarez has two home runs in 11 July games, and is hitting .242/.306/.455 in 33 at-bats during the month. 


Pedro Alvarez hits homer No. 14


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez went deep for the first time in eight games Tuesday, in a 5-4 loss to the Cardinals.

Alvarez had just one hit as he went 1 for 4 in the game, but he made it count. Alvarez clubbed a two-run home run in the fourth inning to open the scoring for Pittsburgh, though it was his only contribution in the loss.

Alvarez is hitting .240/.326/.412 with 14 home runs in 88 games. 


Pedro Alvarez, Ike Davis both out Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez and first baseman Ike Davis are catching a break for the Friday game against Philadelphia starter Roberto Hernandez, who has been far stronger against left-handed batters this season.

Alvarez is 0 for 2 lifetime against Hernandez while Davis has yet to face him.


Pirates not ready to change infield alignment


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Despite the continued success of Josh Harrison, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday the team is not considering moving Pedro Alvarez to first base to clear up regular at-bats for Harrison at third base. Huntington added he likes the duo of Ike Davis and Gaby Sanchez at first base.

"Ike, the power hasn't been maybe what it was in the past, but he gives us quality, professional at-bats and has played solid defense for us there," Huntington said. "If we can get Pedro back on track to 30-something home runs, being a productive major league hitter and playing adequate defense at third, that's a pretty good tandem to have on the corners."

Huntington said Harrison will continue to fill a utility role for Pittsburgh.

"To play a 162-game season this year, in this environment, it's about depth," Huntington said.

"We're working through all different scenarios, but right now what we feel very comfortable with is Josh bouncing around giving everybody rest."


Pedro Alvarez smacks 13th home run Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez went 2 for 4 with a double, a home run and three RBI in his team's 5-2 win over the Mets Sunday.

Alvarez drove in a run with his double in the first inning to put his team up 3-0 then added two more on his fourth-inning home run. The Mets were only able to respond with two ninth-inning runs. The third baseman has hit .241/.330/.416 with 13 home runs and 42 RBI in 286 at-bats.


Pedro Alvarez knocks 12th home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez went 1 for 3 with a walk and a three-run home run in his team's 8-1 win over the Rays Monday.

Alvarez was facing a bit of a power dry spell, with his last home run coming back on June 3, before launching a ball over the center field fence Monday. He has hit .232/.318/.402 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI in 271 at-bats.


Pedro Alvarez bashes blast to help Pirates beat San Diego


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez remained hot Tuesday night in San Diego with a two-run homer in the fourth inning that concluded the scoring in a 4-1 win.

Alvarez has 10 hits in his last 29 at-bats with two homers and six RBI. He has sweentened his stat line to .227/.309/.403.


Pedro Alvarez lifts off in win over Dodgers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez made his presence felt at the plate Sunday night, driving in three runs in his team's 5-3 win over the Dodgers in Los Angeles. 

Alvarez singled in two runs in the opening frame and singled in another run in the sixth inning. He finished 2 for 3 with three RBI. He is hitting .223 with 10 homers and 31 RBI in 202 at-bats.


Pedro Alvarez hits homer No. 10


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez got the Pirates on the board early Thursday, in a 6-3 win over the Dodgers.

Alvarez had just one hit in the game, a solo home run in the second inning to tie the game, 1-1. He went 1 for 4 overall, with one strikeout in the win.

Alvarez is hitting .221 with 10 home runs on the season, but has been better since he was moved out of the cleanup spot of the order last week. In his last seven games, Alvarez is hitting .280 with two home runs and three RBI. 


Pedro Alvarez dropped in the order


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2014) The Pirates moved third baseman Pedro Alvarez down in the lineup Friday, with manager Clint Hurdle citing disappointment in Alvarez production out of the leadoff spot so far.

"The production hasn't matched up with the opportunities," Hurdle told MLB.com.

Though Alvarez has 24 RBI on the season, the majority (15) have come on his eight home runs. He has left 100 runners on base in the season. Alvarez's struggles in the cleanup spot are not limited to this season, as he is a .250 hitter for his career as a No. 6 hitter, compared to just .192 at No. 4. 


Pedro Alvarez slugs eighth homer in wild game Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez was 2 for 7 with a home run, two runs and four RBI in his team's 11-10, 13-inning loss to the Giants Monday.

Alvarez smacked a three-run home run in the second inning to give his team a 4-2 lead, which they extended to 8-2 in the fifth on a rally started by Alvarez's RBI single. However, the Giants battled back to 8-7 before tying the game up at 9-9 in the seventh inning and again at 10-10 in the ninth, then taking home a victory in extra innings. Alvarez has hit .215/.317/.430 with eight home runs and 22 RBI in 121 at-bats.


Pedro Alvarez benched Saturday against lefty


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2014) Slumping Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez is getting the night off Saturday against Cardinals left-hander Tyler Lyons.

Alvarez, who is 4 for 17 with two home runs against southpaws this season, is 1 for his last 17 since reaching on an infield single in his first place appearance Monday.


Pedro Alvarez mashes sixth home run Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez hit his sixth home run of the season Thurday against the Brewers.

Alvarez managed to find himself on base four times during the game. He singled in the bottom of the fourth, and walked in both the sixth and seventh inning. In the bottom of the eighth, he clubbed a three-run home run off a 93 mph fastball from Wei-Chung Wang.

Alvarez finished the game 2 for 3, with one run scored and three RBI.


Pirates trio combines for five solo homers


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) The Pirates managed to score five runs on just five hits Wednesday against the Cubs, and they all came on solo home runs.

Third baseman Pedro Alvarez got the scoring started with his fifth-inning shot, and he followed that up with one more in the ninth. The Pirates also got a two home-run game out of catcher Russell Martin, while Travis Snider added his own longball in the 7-5 loss.

Alvarez now has four home runs on the season, while Snider and Martin both went deep for the first time in Wednesday's game. 


Pedro Alvarez goes yard twice in win over Cardinals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez came up big at the plate, launching a pair of home runs in his team's 12-2 win over the Cardinals.

Alvarez took St. Louis starter Shelby Miller deep for a pair of solo home runs in the second and fourth innings, respectively. He drove in another run on a ground out in the eighth inning and finished 2 for 4 with one walk, three runs and three RBI. He improved his batting average to .158 (3 for 19) on the year.

Pedro Alvarez smacks two doubles Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez led the charge offensively in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays, going 2 for 3 with two doubles and two runs before being replaced defensively.

Alvarez has been one of the more prolific power hitters at his position over the last two seasons, with 66 home runs to his credit, and he just missed his first home run of the spring when he picked up his first double with a shot off the center field wall. He's looking to improve on last season's .233/.296/.473 line.


Pirates want Pedro Alvarez to become a 'better hitter with power'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez hit a career-high 36 home runs in 2013, but he also struck out a career-high 186 times and posted a .296 on-base percentage. However, Alvarez one of the team's top performers in the NLDS against St. Louis, batting .353 with a .421 on-base percentage, .941 slugging percentage, 1.362 OPS, three home runs and six RBI in five games.

The Pirates hope Alvarez becomes a better all-around offensive player in 2014.

"We continue to maximize what he showed in September and October," general manager Neal Huntington said, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "And that was the ability to close down and the ability to close some of those holes and to become a better hitter with power [rather] than a power hitter that occasionally gets hits. He's making great strides there, he's so intelligent, he cares so much, he works so hard."


Pedro Alvarez avoids arbitration


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez has avoided arbitration with the club.

Alvarez will earn $4.25 million next season. He's coming off a year in which he hit .233/.296/.473 in 558 at-bats.