April 24, 2009

Top 50 MiLB Prospects 2009: #10 Pedro Alvarez

Top 50 MiLB Prospects 2009 | #10 | Pedro Alvarez | Pirates

Position | Third Base

Bats/Throws | Left/Right

| February 6, 1987 (New York, New York)

| Vanderbilt University

| 6'3''

|235 lbs.

2008 Ranking | Not Ranked

Already fielding a great team and strong farm system, the Boston Red Sox almost struck gold when they drafted Pedro Alvarez in the 14th round of the 2005 draft. Alvarez spurned the Red Sox to play for Vanderbilt, and after three years it looks like it was the right decision. The Pittsburgh Pirates held the second pick of the 2008 draft and were gracious when Alvarez fell into their laps. The best overall player in the draft was a handful to sign, but it should pay dividends for a struggling Pirates organization. Alvarez has a good glove but an outstanding bat. In his three year collegiate career, Alvarez had an OPS of at least 1017 in each of his seasons. He signed late and didn't get his first taste of professional baseball until this year. He was placed in Advanced-A and is already off to a good start. He shouldn't take long to reach the Major Leagues and could be a reliable option as soon as next year. To say "the skies the limit" would be thinking conservatively with Alvarez.

2008 Statistics
No Stats Available

2009 Outlook

Alvarez started the season in the Carolina League but could end the season in the Major Leagues.


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