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Pedro Alvarez | First Baseman

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/6/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 235
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Pedro Alvarez is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Cubs.
He'll take a seat against southpaw Travis Wood. Corey Hart is starting at first base and will bat cleanup. Apr 21 - 3:19 PM

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Pedro Alvarez went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and two runs scored against the Brewers on Friday.

Now the primary first baseman for Pittsburgh, Alvarez collected an RBI single in the second inning before going deep in the fourth. The 28-year-old cut down on his strikeouts last season while seeing an increase in walks, but we still wouldn't expect much from a batting average perspective. Still, he came at a reasonable price on draft day and should provide plenty of power.
Apr 10 - 11:51 PM

Pedro Alvarez went 2-for-4 with a home run in the Pirates' loss to the Reds on Thursday.

Alvarez singled and scored in the top of the fifth inning and then cranked a 385-foot solo home run in the top of the sixth. In typical fashion, he struck out in his other two plate appearances of the afternoon. Alvarez should be a good source of power all season, though his batting average and OBP likely won't be pretty.
Apr 9 - 4:29 PM

Pedro Alvarez blasted two homers and drove in six runs as the Pirates pounded the Phillies 18-4 on Monday.

After a fine start to his spring, Alvarez had cooled off, to the point at which he asked to get some extra at-bats in minor league camp last week. He's still hitting a fine .325 overall, with four homers and five doubles in 40 at-bats.
Mar 30 - 5:04 PM

Pedro Alvarez homered, doubled twice and drove in three runs as a Pirates' split-squad edged the Phillies 6-5 on Friday.

Making Alvarez's day especially impressive is that the homer (Mario Hollands) and one of the doubles (Jake Diekman) came off left-handed relievers. The Pirates signed Corey Hart to platoon with Alvarez, but if Alvarez handles lefties well all spring, there'd be little harm in giving him one last chance to play full-time. It's not as though Hart projects as a big asset anyway.
Mar 20 - 4:42 PM

Pedro Alvarez (elbow) is expected to return to the Pirates' Grapefruit League lineup Thursday.

Alvarez has been shut down for much of this week due to a hyperextended elbow, but he went through an aggressive workout on Wednesday and came out of it feeling fine. He should be fully healthy for Opening Day and will work in a platoon at first base this year with Corey Hart.
Mar 11 - 4:06 PM

Pedro Alvarez hyperextended his elbow on a swing and will miss the Pirates' next few spring games.

It's not believed to be a serious injury. Alvarez is 4-for-6 with a home run, a double, and four RBI through his first three games in this year's Grapefruit League. He's expected to be the Bucs' primary first baseman in 2015, though the right-handed-hitting Corey Hart figures to start against most left-handers.
Mar 9 - 8:43 AM

Pedro Alvarez will continue to follow the Pirates' team approach of utilizing all fields in 2015 rather than trying to generate more power by pulling more pitches.

Shifting his focus in 2014, Alvarez posted a career-low strikeout rate and a career-best walk rate, while increasing his batted balls to the opposite field from 16.4% to 25.3%. While it caused his slugging percentage to decline by 70 points, it made him a more complete hitter. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, a return to the 36 homer, 100 RBI force that he was in 2013 may not be on the horizon.
Mar 8 - 11:02 PM

Pedro Alvarez had a three-run homer and an RBI double as the Pirates held on to beat the Blue Jays 8-7 on Tuesday.

Alvarez went opposite field off Aaron Sanchez in the first. The double also dropped down the left field line. Dalton Pompey lost that one in the sun, though since he was shading Alvarez to pull, he might not have gotten to it anyway. Since he's set to be platooned, Alvarez's fantasy upside might not quite be what it once was. Still, he's a candidate for 30 homers anyway, and he should hit for a higher average since he won't start against lefties.
Mar 3 - 4:58 PM

Pedro Alvarez won his arbitration hearing against the Pirates and will make $5.75 million in 2015.

Pittsburgh's front office countered at $5.25 million but didn't win the argument in Wednesday's arbitration hearing. Alvarez is poised to open the 2015 season as the Pirates' primary first baseman. He batted just .231/.312/.405 in 122 games last year while earning a salary of $4.25 million.
Feb 19 - 2:11 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Pirates and Pedro Alvarez were unable to reach an agreement and will go to an arbitration hearing Wednesday.

It's a surprise given that there wasn't much of a gap between what Alvarez requested ($5.75 million) and what the Pirates offered ($5.25 million). Alvarez is arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter.
Feb 17 - 7:56 PM

Pedro Alvarez requested $5.75 million and was offered $5.25 million from the Pirates when arbitration figures were exchanged Friday.

With the two sides being so close, it's very likely the strike a deal around $5.5 million rather than head to a hearing in February.
Jan 16 - 7:18 PM

Pedro Alvarez chose not to attend the Pirates' minicamp this week in Bradenton, Florida.

The Pirates surely would have liked to see Alvarez show some initiative as he makes the adjustment from third base to first base, but the minicamp is voluntary and most veteran players opt against attending. "I don’t read things into people being there or not," said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. "It is voluntary." Alvarez, who missed the final month of last season due to a stress reaction in his left foot, is expected to be Pittsburgh's primary first baseman this season and his absence at the team's minicamp is not going to change that.
Jan 12 - 4:50 PM

The Pirates plan to play Pedro Alvarez every day at first base next season rather than pair him with a right-handed hitting platoon partner.

"We're going to find out," manager Clint Hurdle said when asked if Alvarez will be able to hit left-handed pitching. "It's going to be Pedro's job to keep. 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." Alvarez has batted just .196/.267/.321 versus southpaws during his career, which includes a .175/.241/.263 line last season. It remains to be seen whether the Pirates will stick to their plan to play Alvarez every day if he continues to struggle against lefties.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 10:09:00 AM

Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Marlins have expressed "some level of interest" in Pirates corner infielder Pedro Alvarez.

Alvarez had a miserable 2014, batting just .231/.312/.405 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI in 122 games. He had 36 home runs and 100 RBI in 2013. The 27-year-old is also a very poor defender at third base.
Thu, Dec 11, 2014 03:46:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Corey Hart
2B1Neil Walker
2Sean Rodriguez
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Jung Ho Kang
3Justin Sellers
3B1Josh Harrison
LF1Starling Marte
2Jaff Decker
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Andrew Lambo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3A.J. Burnett
4Charlie Morton
5Jeff Locke
6Vance Worley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Antonio Bastardo
4Jared Hughes
5Radhames Liz
6Arquimedes Caminero
7Rob Scahill
8Brandon Cumpton