Comments on: Alvarez Becoming More Complete Player with Work on Defense http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/alvarez-becoming-more-complete-player-with-work-on-defense.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 19:43:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 By: BostonsCommon http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/alvarez-becoming-more-complete-player-with-work-on-defense.html#comment-30424 Mon, 01 Jul 2013 17:49:01 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58728#comment-30424 Anyone notice that slide step, double pump right before Pedro airmailed his throw to first in the top of the 14th yesterday that allowed Segura to reach?

That’s the exact play I was talking about. Just Mr. Martin made sure it had nothing to do with the outcome of the game..

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By: Cato the Elder http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/alvarez-becoming-more-complete-player-with-work-on-defense.html#comment-30358 Sat, 29 Jun 2013 22:08:55 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58728#comment-30358 The defensive metrics sited in the article do not rely on the “error/hit” rulings of official score keepers, which is good. Unfortunately, a full season UZR scores is about 1/2 as reliable as a full season OPS, so in other words Pedro’s UZR/150 this season is about as representative of his “true talent” as his OPS over the last 40 games, i.e. not very. I know that makes quantifying his putative improvement difficult, if not impossible, but it is worth keeping in mind when examining defensive metrics that they require very large sample sizes (2 years+) to stabilize.

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By: BostonsCommon http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/alvarez-becoming-more-complete-player-with-work-on-defense.html#comment-30355 Sat, 29 Jun 2013 20:02:24 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58728#comment-30355 His bat is probably gonna put him in the bigs even if his defense isn’t quite there yet. Kid is putting up numbers that make you look past any defensive issues.

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By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/alvarez-becoming-more-complete-player-with-work-on-defense.html#comment-30354 Sat, 29 Jun 2013 19:59:41 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58728#comment-30354 Sano is probably still in AA because he needs to improve his fielding..

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By: buster09 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/alvarez-becoming-more-complete-player-with-work-on-defense.html#comment-30353 Sat, 29 Jun 2013 19:29:52 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58728#comment-30353 I saw Pedro in AA ball. I just watched Miguel Sano for several games,in AA also. If you want to see a third baseman who has a long way to go towards looking like a professional infielder,Sano is your man. He made Pedro at that level look like Pie Traynor ! I can’t imagine this guy was actually talked about as a SS originally.

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By: BostonsCommon http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/alvarez-becoming-more-complete-player-with-work-on-defense.html#comment-30351 Sat, 29 Jun 2013 18:32:19 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58728#comment-30351 I’d like to see him become a little more consistent. There are times when he gets rid of the ball quickly, and others when he takes a slide step to unleash his cannon. His arm is big enough that he doesn’t need that slide step. In fact, it seems like when he does take it, his throws are less accurate…. Just field the ball and get rid of it baby. If he does, there aren’t many people in the league who are going to beat his arm.

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By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/alvarez-becoming-more-complete-player-with-work-on-defense.html#comment-30350 Sat, 29 Jun 2013 16:55:23 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58728#comment-30350 Since I don’t pay much attention to numbers for defensive players, lets face it a lot of stats come from scorekeepers decisions and what do they know, just look at some of their decisions. The shortstop for the Brewers would have had about 4 errors if I were grading him out yesterday. I will say that Alvarez has improved a great deal from the time he was called to the majors, but there is still work to be done. I think his improvement must come with more concentration, he clearly has the skill level to play 3rd base, but until he stops making errors and easy plays he will not be a complete 3rd basemen.

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