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Pedro Alvarez

Posted: 12/31/2012 2:36 PM

Pedro Alvarez 


Pedro Alvarez

Premium Story Alvarez hopes to build off solid season

Pedro Alvarez did some good things for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012. The third baseman batted .244 with 30 home runs and 85 RBI. Alvarez told PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko he is hoping to build off his 2012 showing. Full Story | Discuss

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Posted: 01/02/2013 3:53 AM

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This is me in the gale-force winds whipped up by Pedro's titanic strikeout totals: 

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Posted: 01/02/2013 5:12 AM

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To me, I am not concerned with his high K rate. Yeah it will prevent him from being a truly elite slugger but if he simply keeps hitting .250 plus, 30+HRs and gets his RBI totals up around 100 every year I will gladly take that.

I hope he comes into Spring training in the best shape of his life. To me, that is one of my concerns with him. Will he eat himself out of 3rd base and worse out of baseball. Maybe that opinion is unfair, but appearance wise, he certainly does not look to be in the best shape.
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Posted: 01/02/2013 6:34 AM

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I still think Pedro will be a .900+ OPS guy. I have no data, no real logical process to get that projection. All I can draw from is a guy that was the best hitter on the USA amateur squad twice, with the highest BA and SLG, and his dominate college career. His power reappeared last season, he's had two very similar MLB seasons and 2011 looks like an aberration to this point. It reminds me slightly of Andrew McCutchen in that the BA will follow that power output. If you remove the first 2 months of the season last year he would have posted an .836 OPS. So there was obviously a significant improvement through the year.
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Posted: 01/02/2013 7:00 AM

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BAMSTEELERFAN wrote: I still think Pedro will be a .900+ OPS guy. I have no data, no real logical process to get that projection. All I can draw from is a guy that was the best hitter on the USA amateur squad twice, with the highest BA and SLG, and his dominate college career. His power reappeared last season, he's had two very similar MLB seasons and 2011 looks like an aberration to this point. It reminds me slightly of Andrew McCutchen in that the BA will follow that power output. If you remove the first 2 months of the season last year he would have posted an .836 OPS. So there was obviously a significant improvement through the year.
My fingers will be crossed.
#fringeprospect
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Posted: 01/02/2013 7:26 AM

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Pedro could reduce his strikeouts by swinging at the first pitch more.  I can remember the first pitch being his best pitch to hit in a lot of his at bats.  He hit .299 when putting the first pitch in play.  He hit .140 with two strikes on him.  While these stats are probably similar for a lot of hitters, Pedro would benefit from being a little more aggressive earlier in the count.
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Posted: 01/02/2013 8:24 AM

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Sangue wrote: Pedro could reduce his strikeouts by swinging at the first pitch more.  I can remember the first pitch being his best pitch to hit in a lot of his at bats.  He hit .299 when putting the first pitch in play.  He hit .140 with two strikes on him.  While these stats are probably similar for a lot of hitters, Pedro would benefit from being a little more aggressive earlier in the count.
Yeah, it seemed that way.  It also seemed like you could see a spurt coming when he was content to go the other way.  I can think of two balls he "slapped", literally "slapped" the opposite way that hit the slight raised part of the wall in Leftfield, inches from going out.  His power is ridiculous.  He doesn't need to pull.  I don't know why he gets away from that.
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Posted: 01/02/2013 8:26 AM

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BAMSTEELERFAN wrote:
Sangue wrote: Pedro could reduce his strikeouts by swinging at the first pitch more.  I can remember the first pitch being his best pitch to hit in a lot of his at bats.  He hit .299 when putting the first pitch in play.  He hit .140 with two strikes on him.  While these stats are probably similar for a lot of hitters, Pedro would benefit from being a little more aggressive earlier in the count.
Yeah, it seemed that way.  It also seemed like you could see a spurt coming when he was content to go the other way.  I can think of two balls he "slapped", literally "slapped" the opposite way that hit the slight raised part of the wall in Leftfield, inches from going out.  His power is ridiculous.  He doesn't need to pull.  I don't know why he gets away from that.
Hopefully it's a lack of confidence simply due to inexperience.
#fringeprospect
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Posted: 01/02/2013 8:58 AM

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I would agree with this as well.
Sangue wrote: Pedro could reduce his strikeouts by swinging at the first pitch more.  I can remember the first pitch being his best pitch to hit in a lot of his at bats.  He hit .299 when putting the first pitch in play.  He hit .140 with two strikes on him.  While these stats are probably similar for a lot of hitters, Pedro would benefit from being a little more aggressive earlier in the count.
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