View Full Version : Alvarez 'is as advertised.'

10-28-2008, 11:15 PM
Pedro Alvarez, the Pirates' now-storied first-round Draft pick, recently finished his introductory taste of professional baseball. And needless to say, he left encouraging signs behind.

"He is as advertised," said farm director Kyle Stark, who headed the organization's one-month instructional league workouts in Bradenton, Fla. "[Scouting director] Greg [Smith] always says you should be able to tell who the first-round Draft picks are, and when you see [Alvarez] play, that's the case. He has a very business-like approach. He wants to get after things."

After agreeing to a four-year Major League contract on Sept. 24, Alvarez joined other players from the June First-Year Player Draft to participate in supervised workouts and game play. His short time in Bradenton gave the organization its first opportunity to work hands-on with the former Vanderbilt third baseman.

Alvarez had been working out primarily on his own during the interim period between leaving college and signing with the club.

"It was his first taste of professional ball, so he had to adjust to it," Stark said. "He had to work to get back into playing shape, but the bat speed was there, quickness was there and the tools were there like we expected."

Pirates.com (http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081028&content_id=3650752&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit)

This is very encouraging news for the Pirates.

10-30-2008, 12:18 PM
Ummm... He's a third baseman... How's that make him an ace, or bolster our rotation?

10-30-2008, 02:44 PM
Sign him? ..yes sure! question is....will we keep him and not trade him away 2-3 years later when he is even better!???