Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle knows the challenges of high expectations. They were put on him when he was drafted in the first round (ninth overall) by the Kansas City Royals in the 1975 draft. At just 20-years-old, Hurdle made his Major League debut and was on a Sports Illustrated cover being labeled as the next young "phenom".
While Pedro Alvarez never made a magazine cover of that magnitude, he and Hurdle share many similarities. Alvarez, too, was drafted in the first round. After coming up through the organization to "save the Pirates" with one swing of that bat, the expectations on the third baseman are very high.
And that's something that has bonded the two.
"There’s some common fabric with Pedro and myself," Hurdle said. "And then there’s some things that I can’t identify wi...
This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribers get access to all of our daily articles on the Pirates and their minor league system, with live coverage throughout the system on a daily basis. Our lowest rates are $2.22 per month under our Top Prospect Plan, which also gets you a FREE copy of the 2016 Prospect Guide. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system.
If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail email@example.com.