Tag: Pedro Alvarez

Revisiting Pedro’s front foot

At the end of June, I noted a change in the swing of Pedro Alvarez. Upon his promotion to Pittsburgh, Alvarez began using a much higher leg kick than he had during his successful stint in Triple-A. At the time that the article was published, Alvarez was hitting a paltry .152/.216/.196 with 22 strikeouts in 51 plate appearances. Since that day, he is producing a scorching .339/.406/.742 clip with 7 home runs in 69 plate appearances. Did he make a mechanical adjustment?

Photos from Pedro Alvarez’s MLB debut

I thought I would post a few photos that I snapped during Pedro Alvarez's major league debut.

Breakdown of Pedro’s mechanical breakdown

Obviously, Pedro Alvarez has struggled tremendously since arriving from Triple-A Indianapolis. He has just seven hits and four walks in 51 plate appearances, to go along with 22 strikeouts. He is swinging at more than a third of all pitches outside the strike zone, a stunning statistic considering his history of strong patience at the plate. So what exactly is causing these issues for the Bucs’ hyped prospect?

Criticism of Alvarez promotion bizarre

Pedro AlvarezThe Pirates' front office has received a tremendous amount of criticism for its handling of the Pedro Alvarez promotion. The franchise that is often bashed for over-hyping prospects and giving its fans false hope is now being bashed for placing too little emphasis on the PR aspect of the situation. It is a strange criticism that has left me thoroughly confused.

Iwamura designated for assignment

To make room for Pedro Alvarez, the Pirates designated Aki Iwamura for assignment today.

Pedro Alvarez coming to Pittsburgh

The Pirates recalled top prospect Pedro Alvarez immediately following tonight's game. Alvarez is expected to make his major league debut tomorrow night at PNC Park.

When should the children arrive?

Brad LincolnOn Monday, Dejan reported that we might start seeing some Triple-A players arriving in Pittsburgh. So when should each player be promoted? Click here to find out when Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata, Brad Lincoln and Neil Walker should arrive in Pittsburgh.

Versatility should provide benefits

Andy LaRocheBetween Pittsburgh and Triple-A Indianapolis, the Pirates have a group of eight position players fighting for about five spots in the everyday lineup. Obviously, not all will pan out, but it is difficult to determine exactly which ones will succeed long-term. Luckily, each player comes with some versatility, which gives management some options when filling out a future lineup card.

Pirates cut Alvarez, Tabata

Dejan Kovacevic reports that the Pirates trimmed the roster to 49 this morning. Top prospects Pedro Alvarez and Jose Tabata were sent to...

Top prospect lists

Baseball America and Project Prospect released their top 100 prospects lists today. See how the Pirates fared.

Site Updates

The 2020 Prospect Guide is Now Available!

Pirates Prospects took the leap to being my full-time job at the end of the 2010 season, all thanks to the release of our...