Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Player Profile: Pedro Alvarez

I have one card of Pedro Alvarez, from 2012 Topps.

Playing career: Third baseman Pedro Alvarez was the Pirates #1 draft choice in 2008, made his major league two years later, and two years after that had a breakout season, hitting 30 home runs.

Where he is now: He continued to hit for power in 2013. Though he led the league with 186 strikeouts, he also led the league with 36 home runs.

My memories: I was aware of him as part of the Pirates young nucleus of talent but had not realized he led the league in home runs, especially with such a low number.

Google Autocomplete results: He is seventh when you type Ped, between Pedialyte, an electrolyte drink for children, and Pedro Moreno, an actor. Another prominent Pedro Alvarez is an engineering professor at Rice University.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Burke Badenhop.

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