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Pedro Alvarez | Third Baseman

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/6/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 235
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Pirates manager Clint Hurdle indicated Tuesday that Pedro Alvarez is unlikely to play third base again this season unless he's needed in an emergency.
Alvarez made his first start at first base on Monday but was back on the bench Tuesday. He's expected to share time with Ike Davis and Gaby Sanchez, which means his fantasy value is nearing non-existent at this point. "Right now, I think we have a better option in Josh Harrison," Hurdle said. "This season, right now -- to put the best team that I can on the field every night, we have better options. We have to find [Alvarez] some at-bats. Is third base the optimum place to get them? No, it is not." Aug 19 - 9:40 PM

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Pedro Alvarez will make his first major league start at first base on Monday against the Braves.

Alvarez's throwing has been an issue all season long at third base, so the Pirates have been working with him over the past week or so to prepare him for a move across the diamond. He'll get his first test Monday and could cut into the playing time for Ike Davis the rest of the way.
Aug 18 - 4:52 PM

DHing for the second straight day, Pedro Alvarez went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts against the Tigers on Thursday.

Alvarez is 1-for-8 with five strikeouts since returning to the lineup yesterday. Overall, he's 2-for-18 with nine strikeouts this month. The Pirates have said that Alvarez is about ready to play first base, but he hasn't done anything lately to suggest that he'll be an upgrade. Ike Davis currently has an .853 OPS since the All-Star break, while Alvarez is at .429 in 41 at-bats.
Aug 14 - 4:22 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Monday that Pedro Alvarez is close to making his debut at first base.

Alvarez has struggled with his throwing at third base all season, so the Pirates are now trying to get him acclimated at first base. He's currently taking lessons every day before batting practice. "He's working his backside off to find a level of comfort and say, 'Okay. I'm ready to go over there in a major league game,'" Hurdle said. "I think we're real close to that. There will be a day here soon when you'll see him over there." While Alvarez is getting close to his first game action at the position, it's unlikely to happen before this weekend.
Aug 11 - 5:43 PM

Pedro Alvarez told reporters Saturday that he is open to moving to first base.

Alvarez has been miserable defensively at third base all season, so the Pirates are getting ready to try something different. "It's another opportunity for me to help this team," he said Saturday afternoon. Josh Harrison has taken over at the hot corner.
Aug 9 - 4:35 PM

Pirates activated 3B Pedro Alvarez from the bereavement list.

Though he's been activated, Alvarez is not in the lineup Friday. Josh Harrison is at third base and is expected to see the bulk of the playing time there for now.
Aug 8 - 5:50 PM

Pedro Alvarez practiced fielding some ground balls at first base Friday.

He did infield work at his customary third base position first before eventually moving across the diamond. With Alvarez's throwing issues and Josh Harrison taking over as the primary third baseman, first base could be Alvarez's future. The move likely wouldn't occur on a permanent basis until next season.
Aug 8 - 4:59 PM

Pirates placed 3B Pedro Alvarez on the bereavement list.

Alvarez can spend three to seven days on the bereavement list. Starling Marte (concussion) will take his place on the active roster for Pittsburgh.
Aug 5 - 2:59 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle admitted Sunday that the club is considering moving Pedro Alvarez to first base.

However, he indicated that it's unlikely to happen during this season. "But, is that something you entertain in pennant race?" the skipper said. The Pirates seem likely to just use Alvarez in a part-time role for the remainder of this season before moving him to first next year. Ike Davis seems likely to be non-tendered this winter, so there should be an opening.
Aug 3 - 2:08 PM

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review believes that Josh Harrison is likely to take over as the Pirates' starter at third base, pushing Pedro Alvarez to a backup role.

Alvarez could also begin working out at first base, as his throwing issues from the hot corner just aren't going away. The Pirates might have been willing to put up with it for a little longer if Alvarez had been hitting better, but his sporting a .235/.322/.402 batting line while Harrison is hitting .303/.341/.498. Alvarez is probably a safe drop in mixed leagues at this point.
Aug 3 - 12:01 PM

Pedro Alvarez is not in the Pirates' lineup Wednesday for the second straight game.

Alvarez is over his left knee ailment, but the struggling third baseman has now been benched two days in a row versus a righty. The 27-year-old is batting just .224/.308/.362 this month and has had major issues with his throwing. Josh Harrison is at the hot corner Wednesday.
Jul 30 - 12:52 PM

Pedro Alvarez is back in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

Alvarez hasn't started since exiting Tuesday's game with a sore left knee, but he made a pinch-hitting appearance Saturday and is back at third base Sunday. The 27-year-old is batting just .238/.327/.409 this season but has slugged 15 homers and driven in 47 runs.
Jul 27 - 1:12 PM

Pedro Alvarez (knee) appeared as a pinch hitter in Friday's loss to the Rockies, going 0-for-1 with a walk in his two plate appearances.

The most encouraging sign was that he remained in the game to play third base after he hit for Brent Morel in the seventh inning. Expect the slugger to return to the starting lineup on Saturday.
Jul 26 - 4:35 AM

Pedro Alvarez (knee) remained out of the Pirates' lineup Friday.

Alvarez hasn't played since exiting Tuesday's game against the Dodgers with left knee discomfort. The fact that he wasn't able to play following Thursday's off day is a bad sign, but to this point the Pirates haven't given any indication that the disabled list might be a possibility. Brent Morel is at third base Friday.
Jul 25 - 5:20 PM

Pedro Alvarez (knee) is not in the Pirates' lineup Wednesday.

Alvarez had to leave Tuesday's game against the Dodgers with left knee discomfort. It appears to be a day-to-day ailment at this point, and he could have a shot to return to action after Thursday's off day. Josh Harrison is at third base Wednesday.
Jul 23 - 3:01 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Chris Stewart
1B1Ike Davis
2Pedro Alvarez
3Gaby Sanchez
2B1Neil Walker
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Clint Barmes
3B1Josh Harrison
2Jayson Nix
LF1Starling Marte
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Travis Snider
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Francisco Liriano
2Gerrit Cole
3Charlie Morton
4Edinson Volquez
5Jeff Locke
6Vance Worley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Justin Wilson
4Jared Hughes
5John Axford
6Jeanmar Gomez
7Brandon Cumpton
8Stolmy Pimentel