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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: Third Base

Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: Third Base

Alvarez was a major disappointment in 2011.

There wasn't any bigger disappointment in the Pittsburgh Pirates season in 2011 than what happened with Pedro Alvarez.  Alvarez, drafted in the first round of the 2008 draft, has been the center piece of this current rebuilding process.  Ever since he was drafted, he was seen as a guy who could potentially carry the lineup as a 30-40 home run per year power hitter.  He started showing his power at the end of the 2010 season, when he hit for a .280/.348/.493 line with nine homers in 207 at-bats from August until the end of the season.

The hope was that Alvarez figured things out after some initial struggles, and that he would carry the success of the final two months over to the 2011 season.  Unfortunately, he didn't come close to those numbers.

Alvarez started the season with a slow month of April, hitting for a .200 average with a .536 OPS.  He improved some in the month of May, with a .713 OPS and a .229 average.  The numbers aren'...

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