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 ...

To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail


Tom Bragg is a beat writer and analyst for He is the former sports editor of the (Fairmont) Times West Virginian and has worked at the Charleston Gazette, Charleston Daily Mail and the (Ashland, Ky.) Independent. His freelance work has appeared in newspapers all over West Virginia and he has written for The Associated Press with stories posted to several major media outlets (,, Tom graduated from Marshall University in May 2010 with a degree in Print Journalism. Follow Tom on Twitter: @TomBraggSports

More in Analysis

Max Kranick and Gavin Wallace Are Both Working on New Sliders

Tim WilliamsMarch 18, 2018

Pirates ‘Investing’ to Give Kevin Siegrist Best Opportunity to Make Club

Matt GajtkaMarch 18, 2018

Pirates Notebook: Kuhl Rebounds; Rodríguez to Back Up in Center?

Matt GajtkaMarch 17, 2018

Pirate City Notes: Pirates Have Strong Group of Middle Infielders in Upper Levels

Tim WilliamsMarch 17, 2018

Pirate City Notes: Videos of Max Kranick, Gavin Wallace, Alex Manasa, Oneil Cruz

Tim WilliamsMarch 16, 2018

Pirates Notebook: Bombs Away for Most Representative Lineup of Spring

Matt GajtkaMarch 16, 2018

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2017 Pirates Prospects