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Alvarez Becoming More Complete Player with Work on Defense

Alvarez Becoming More Complete Player with Work on Defense

Pedro Alvarez has been heating up at the plate in recent weeks and has entered the discussion for a spot on the National League All-Star team thanks in large part to the work he has done with his bat.

Pedro Alvarez is "doing what a professional third baseman needs to do when he's on defense," according to Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. Photo Credit: David Hague

Pirates fans have come to know this side of Alvarez during his career in Pittsburgh. Until this season the perception about his game was that he could hit the ball a ton but his defense left a lot to be desired.

That has not necessarily been the case so far in 2013.  There have been a handful of great plays to go with the plays he is making that you expect a professional third baseman to make and that has come with the part of the equation we don't see -- the work put in during the offseason and in practice situations to improve.

"Pedro has an intense desire to be a third baseman. He works very hard, everyday, early,"...

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