Sports Central With Cory Giger Today at 4:05 PM

I’ll be on Sports Central with Cory Giger today at 4:05 PM, talking about Pedro Alvarez.  The show can be heard on ESPN 1430 in Altoona, ESPN 1450 in State College, and you can stream the show online by going here.

On a related note, I’ll be in Richmond over the next three days watching the Altoona Curve, and providing reports for the site.  Aaron Thompson, Jared Hughes, and Aaron Pribanic are the scheduled starters.

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Nice job Tim. I agree that it is much too soon to panic with Alvarez. I saw him quite a bit in the latter part of ’09 when Altoona would come to Erie. The Curve were in town right after he was promoted to AA, and I saw these same kind of at-bats over and over again. He was guessing too much, taking good pitches and swinging at sliders away nearly every time up. What I noticed changed between that trip and the next trip a few weeks later was that Alvarez had opened his stance slightly, allowing him to step in just a hair, giving him a little less rotation in his hips and he was able to cover the outside part of the plate. It looks to me like he has closed his stance quite a bit this year, and you see him having a lot of trouble covering the outside of the plate, especially when he pulls outside fastballs. he’s rotating early and just about everything outside is right off the end of the bat.

Nice job Tim. I agree that it is much too soon to panic with Alvarez. I saw him quite a bit in the latter part of ’09 when Altoona would come to Erie. The Curve were in town right after he was promoted to AA, and I saw these same kind of at-bats over and over again. He was guessing too much, taking good pitches and swinging at sliders away nearly every time up. What I noticed changed between that trip and the next trip a few weeks later was that Alvarez had opened his stance slightly, allowing him to step in just a hair, giving him a little less rotation in his hips and he was able to cover the outside part of the plate. It looks to me like he has closed his stance quite a bit this year, and you see him having a lot of trouble covering the outside of the plate, especially when he pulls outside fastballs. he’s rotating early and just about everything outside is right off the end of the bat.

Nice job Tim. I agree that it is much too soon to panic with Alvarez. I saw him quite a bit in the latter part of ’09 when Altoona would come to Erie. The Curve were in town right after he was promoted to AA, and I saw these same kind of at-bats over and over again. He was guessing too much, taking good pitches and swinging at sliders away nearly every time up. What I noticed changed between that trip and the next trip a few weeks later was that Alvarez had opened his stance slightly, allowing him to step in just a hair, giving him a little less rotation in his hips and he was able to cover the outside part of the plate. It looks to me like he has closed his stance quite a bit this year, and you see him having a lot of trouble covering the outside of the plate, especially when he pulls outside fastballs. he’s rotating early and just about everything outside is right off the end of the bat.

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