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Pirates sticking with struggling Pedro Alvarez at third base

Mar 26, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

Pedro Alvarez

Pedro Alvarez hit .191 in 74 games for the Pirates last season, wasn’t much better in 35 games back at Triple-A, and has seen his struggles carry over this spring, but the Pirates aren’t giving up on the 25-year-old former No. 2 overall pick as their starting third baseman.

General manager Neal Huntington told Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review that “the rumors of him starting at Triple-A have never come from the Pirates” and is not something the team is considering.

By trading for Casey McGehee the Pirates brought in a potential alternative to Alvarez at third base, although McGehee is coming off a tremendously disappointing season himself. Alvarez is a left-handed hitter and McGehee is a right-handed hitter, so Huntington did say that platooning them early in the season is an option for manager Clint Hurdle and from there it’s easy to see the playing time shift based on production.

Either way, Alvarez’s stock has plummeted since the Pirates picked him second overall and Baseball America twice ranked him as a top-15 prospect in 2009 and 2010, as the combination of strikeouts, poor defense, and injuries repeatedly set him back. Tremendous raw power is what’s keeping the Pirates invested.

  1. firstandonlywarning - Mar 26, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Shows what Baseball America knows
    He must have had a hot girlfriend when he was scouted

  2. icanspeel - Mar 26, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Makes sense not to give up on him that quickly… In 2010 he showed some potential prior to falling off in 2011.

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