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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%: 83/57 | Average Draft Position: 185.50
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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. 


Pirates' Pedro Alvarez goes deep on Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Pirates infielder Pedro Alvarez launched a home run on Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

With two men on in the first inning, Alvarez pounced on a pitch from Aaron Sanchez and took it out to the opposite field. Alvarez would later double in a run in the fifth inning. He finished 2 for 3, with one run scored and four RBI. 


Pedro Alvarez wins arbitration hearing over Pirates


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) Infielder Pedro Alvarez won his arbitration hearing against the Pirates, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Alvarez will receive $5.75 million in 2015 instead of $5.25 million, which is the amount the Pirates submitted. 

Alvarez hit .231 with 18 home runs in 122 games last season. After committing 25 errors at third base in 99 of those games, the Pirates have considered moving Alvarez to first base.


Pirates' Pedro Alvarez to start camp in the mix at first base


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2015) Pirates infielder Pedro Alvarez will start camp in the mix at first base after struggling defensively at third base last season, committing 25 errors in 99 games. He'll just need to be adequate defensively at first base due to his offensive strength, the Associated Press reports.

"He's not the first player and he's not the last player that will go through a struggle," Pirates genearl manager Neal Huntington said. "He's not going to be the first and the last to come out of that struggle. We need to get him back to hitting balls in the seats."

Alvarez hit 36 home runs in 2013 while making his first appearance in the All-Star Game. His bat cooled off amid his defensive issues last season, and he hit just .231/.312/.405 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI in 398 at-bats. It's possible he platoons with Corey Hart at first base this season, though manager Clint Hurdle indicated in December that the plan was to use Alvarez every day at first base.


Report: Pirates swap arbitration figures with Walker, Alvarez


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Pirates second baseman Neil Walker has filed for $9 million in arbitration, while first baseman Pedro Alvarez has filed for $5.75 million, MLB.com reports.

Nine Pirates were able to avoid arbitration, but the team has yet to settle on deals with Walker, Alvarez and Vance Worley. Walker was offered $8 million, while Alvarez was offered $5.25 million.


Pirates' Huntington: Pedro Alvarez 'making good physical progress'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2015) Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said the team has kept tabs on the progress of first baseman Pedro Alvarez, who missed the final month of the 2014 season with a stress reaction in his left foot. 

"He's making good physical progress," Huntington said, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "He's in a good spot and we feel we're going to see that guy who put up (66) home runs over the 2012 and 2013 seasons."


Pirates planning for Pedro Alvarez to play every day at first base


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) The Pirates are planning to use Pedro Alvarez as their everyday first baseman in 2015, despite his struggles against left-handed pitchers. Alvarez is batting .196 in his career against southpaws.

"We're going to find out. It's going to be Pedro's job to keep," manager Clint Hurdle said, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Pedro knows what challenges he's got to meet. He loves his teammates, he wants to do well and perform well. He's taken on some necessary opportunities this winter to prepare and get ready."


Pirates tender 11 arbitration-eligible players before deadline


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) The Pirates have tendered a contract to 11 arbitration-eligible players prior to Tuesday's deadline, according to the team's official website. Those players include: Sean Rodriguez, Neil Walker, Francisco Cervelli, Mark Melancon, Chris Stewart, Travis Snider, Pedro Alvarez, Tony Watson, Josh Harrison, Jared Hughes and Vance Worley.

Pirates' Pedro Alvarez expected to have normal offseason


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez is expected to have a normal offseason, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Alvarez had a stress reaction in his foot. The injury ended his season prematurely. The team designated Ike Davis for assignment Thursday, confirming it will move ahead with Alvarez at first next season. General manager Neal Huntington confirmed the news, saying "we've essentially committed to Pedro over Ike Davis."


Report: Red Sox eye Alvarez, Chisenhall as trade possibilities


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2014) The Red Sox will target Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez and Indians counterpart Lonnie Chisenhall as trade possibilities if their attempt to sign free agent Pablo Sandoval is unsuccessful, according to the Boston Herald.

The 27-year-old Alvarez was moved to first base last season, but prefers the hot corner, where he committed 24 throwing errors in 2014. Chisenhall also struggled mightily on defense and fizzled out at the plate after a torrid start.

Both players are arbitration-eligible. The Indians have been rumored to be seeking an upgrade at third base and are also looking to be less dependent on left-handed hitters.