Comments on: Pirates Notebook: Platooning Alvarez? Hurdle Says “No Way” http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/pirates-notebook-platooning-alvarez-hurdle-says-no-way.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:26:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 By: Matt Beam http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/pirates-notebook-platooning-alvarez-hurdle-says-no-way.html#comment-26207 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 03:04:25 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49870#comment-26207 At the rate James is going, there are unfortunately some scary parallels between his career and Oliver Perez’s

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By: Matt Beam http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/pirates-notebook-platooning-alvarez-hurdle-says-no-way.html#comment-26206 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 02:47:31 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49870#comment-26206 Why can’t James McDonald find a way to mentally be ready for the 1st inning? all the talent in the world and he’s got a 2 cent brain…

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By: atniup http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/pirates-notebook-platooning-alvarez-hurdle-says-no-way.html#comment-26201 Tue, 09 Apr 2013 17:36:52 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49870#comment-26201 Can’t believe I’m saying this, Clint Hurdle made my day. Btw, great post.

Alvarez was the second pick in the draft. I don’t want to re-hash Tim’s article, as he explains both sides of the platoon argument very well. However, it’s not uncommon for A) Young players and B) Left-handed hitters to struggle with breaking balls from lefties. I haven’t seen numbers, but I can’t imagine that Alvarez is that terrible against harder stuff from lefties. He’s seeing SO many breaking balls from all pitchers, but specifically lefties.

This is something that I think will take time. He’s already established as a guy that you don’t want to throw a hard strike to. He misses sometimes, but it seems like it’s mental. He’s guessing and not reading. As he becomes better at seeing the ball out of the hand and identifying the breaking ball, I think he’s going to be a great player. He will probably retain some sort of split, but hopefully solid against both LHP and RHP.

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By: jg941 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/pirates-notebook-platooning-alvarez-hurdle-says-no-way.html#comment-26200 Tue, 09 Apr 2013 17:31:56 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49870#comment-26200 At this point, I don’t think Hurdle is getting the comedy/irony of boldly stating that Pedro “can change the game with one swing of the bat”.

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