When Pedro Alvarez was taken in the first round in the 2008 draft, there were two beliefs about his future. First was that he could be the big power bat that would anchor the middle of the Pirates' lineup for years to come. Second was that he might eventually have to move to first base, due to his size. Six years later, only one of those things is true, and unfortunately for the Pirates, it's not the good one.
Alvarez has struggled this year on both sides of the ball. His power just isn't there, with a .404 slugging percentage that represents a huge drop from previous years. He's been struggling defensively, but the surprising thing is that it's not really due to his size, as expected back when he was drafted. Instead, for whatever reason, he can't make the throw to first base anymore.
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