Alvarez was the #8 prospect in the International League this year.
Baseball America released their top 20 prospects from the 2010 International League (scouting reports for subscribers here). Pedro Alvarez, Brad Lincoln, and Jose Tabata made the list for the Pirates. Alvarez came in at number eight, Lincoln came in 15th, and Tabata followed at number 16.
Obviously none of these players qualify as prospects anymore, although Baseball America uses this list to show who the best prospects were throughout the season, and all three players were prospects in their time in the International League. This list is a good method to compare top prospects who have graduated to the majors against top prospects who are still in the minors. It also provides a good look at the true potential of players, without being crowded by their rookie numbers in the majors.
A prime example of that is the case with Alvarez. Alvarez finished behind Carlos Santana, Jeremy Hellickson, Aroldis Chapman, J...
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