BRADENTON -- Pedro Alvarez and Andrew McCutchen both tweaked their batting stances this offseason. McCutchen hit just .216 after the second half of the season in 2011 after a strong first half that named him to the National League All-Star team. Alvarez appeared in just 74 games with Pittsburgh with a .191 average after a solid 2010 where he was named Rookie-of-the-Month in September.
With a goal to improve upon their 2011 seasons, both Alvarez and McCutchen are already seeing great results this spring.
Looking to bounce back from a disappointing season, Alvarez has been working on a different stance at the plate. Alvarez, has exaggerated the toe tap that he started incorporating towards the end of last year.
"Pedro was working and searching for some things to do last season," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. "He talked to some people, talked to some guys similar body types that he thought might be able to get a feel for. It was a small toe tap at the end of the season. Now ...