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Player Profile #199: Pedro Alvarez | 3B | PIT

I’ll admit it. I wanted no part of Pedro Alvarez last season. He entered the year in a timeshare at 3B with Casey McGehee and stepped to the plate just 62 times in April. Through two months Alvarez had hit just eight homers, not nearly enough to justify rostering him and his .206 average. Something happened in June, though, as Alvarez batted a good-enough .262 that month with seven homers, 16 runs, and 20 RBI. His strikeout rate that month was down to a still-high-but-more-manageable 27.1%, and he was walking over 11% of the time. For the most part those trends continued for the rest of 2012, and now Alvarez is a key piece for the power-starved Pirates.

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At a Glance

  • Strengths: HR, RBI, SLG
  • Neutral: R, BB, OPS
  • Weaknesses: SB, BA, OBP, K

Player Comparisons

Pedro Alvarez 2013 Fantasy Projection

With full playing time, I’d be surprised if Alvarez doesn’t at least approach 30 homers again. While he’ll never be a candidate for a high, or even good, batting average, the strides he made in the second half of 2012 give hope that he can elude the Adam Dunn-level of home run/batting average trade-off. Batting fifth for the Pirates isn’t too bad either as Alvarez is likely to see Andrew McCutchen staring across the diamond at him from second base. Overall, we project a very similar season for Alvarez that should see him maintain his top-200 status. But only barely.

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About the author: Bryan is the co-founder of Baseball Professor and works as a consultant specializing in operational metrics and efficiency analysis. When he’s not working, blogging, or tending to basic human needs, he enjoys pondering the vastness of the universe, rewatching episodes of Breaking Bad, and avoiding snakes. (@BaseballProf)

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