When the opposing team sends a left-handed starter to the mound against the Pittsburgh Pirates, third baseman Pedro Alvarez  will likely be on the bench. During Alvarez's rookie season in 2010, the third baseman hit .228 over 114 at-bats against lefty pitching compared to .270 over 233 at-bats against a right-hander. The trend continued last season when Alvarez had just 38 plate appearances against lefties, where he hit for a .158 clip.

Throughout spring training and so far during the young 2012 season, Alvarez has been part of a platoon situation with a southpaw on the mound. Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle has been going in favor of Casey McGehee at third, and rookie Matt Hague at first base in part of a double platoon at the corners.

Hurdle has also sat the left-handed bat of Alex Pr...

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 tim@piratesprospects.com.