Pedro Alvarez hit his seventh home run of the season on Tuesday night. The solo shot traveled 461 feet and landed on a boat in the Allegheny River.
Fantasy Impact: Alvarez could be getting into one of his torrid hot streaks after a long slump, as he now has two home runs in his last four games.
The home run was Alvarez's sixth of the year. He had two other hits, improving his season average to .218.
Fantasy Impact: Alvarez continues to be a boom or bust player but is a good source of power if that is what your team needs.
Although he had one RBI Friday night, Alvarez left six men on base and continues to struggle at the plate as he is now hitting .211 on the season.
Fantasy Impact: Alvarez has fallen horribly after a hot start to the season. Although it is hard to watch him not produce for games at a time, he will provide power in bunches.
Alvarez has cooled off since his hot start to the season, which continued Wednesday night with a hitless performance and one strikeout.
Fantasy Impact: Alvarez has always been a streaky hitter, and this season has proven to be no different. When owners draft Alvarez, they should be ready for hot and cold streaks. Right now, he is in the midst of a cold streak.
Pedro Alvarez has hit only .222 in the past week with no home runs.
Fantasy Impact: Pedro Alvarez had a hot start to the season but has not hit a home run since April 19. These are the slumps we have seen from Alvarez throughout his career that have made him an unreliable fantasy option.
Alvarez hit his fourth home run of the season on Sunday and also walked once and scored two runs. (Source: MLB.com)
Fantasy Impact: Alvarez has had a great start to the season and is poised to return great value for the price his owners had to pay on draft day.
Pedro Alvarez had a hit, run, RBI, and walk on Friday night. (Source: MLB.com)
Fantasy Impact: Alvarez has been a bright spot for his owners this year. He has shown that he can return to his 2013 form this season.
Tue, Apr 14th 9:16am EDT
By Caleb Luketic
Pedro Alvarez had a solo shot against the Tigers, which was his third on the season. Alvarez is being given the opportunity to build his confidence at first base, instead of playing a platoon system.
Fantasy Impact: Pedro Alvarez needs to be on your fantasy team because of his offensive ability that has been showing itself for the first time since 2013. Alvarez lead the NL in home runs in 2013, but he slumped in 2014. The Pirates success will be largely dependent on how their first baseman is playing.
Category: Game Recaps
Pedro Alvarez hit his second home run in as many days and ended the game with two hits, two runs, and two driven in. (Source: MLB.com)
Fantasy Impact: Alvarez is off to a hot start and seems to be putting his poor 2014 season behind him.
Thu, Apr 9th 9:59pm EDT
By Daniel Marcus
Pedro Alvarez hit the Pirates only home run on Thursday. (Source: MLB.com)
Fantasy Impact: Alvarez has started well this year, as he now has back-to-back games with extra base hits. It seems as if he is primed to return to his 2013 form.
Alvarez drove in one run with an RBI double off of Mike Leake. (Source: MLB.com)
Fantasy Impact: Alvarez has been batting sixth, but with the talent ahead of him he should continue to have the opportunity to drive in plenty of runs this season.
Alvarez went zero-for-three Monday and was replaced by Sean Rodriguez for defensive purposes late in the game. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Alvarez may be on a short leash this season, so if his struggles continue monitor his playing time carefully.
Pedro Alvarez seems to be adjusting to playing first base for the Pirates. He made a nice pick on a Jung-Ho Kang throw and recovered to record an out after bobbling another throw. (Source: Bill Brink on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Although defense does not matter for fantasy value, this is a good sign for Alvarez. First, his poor fielding seemed to affect his hitting last year, and if defense is on his mind less this year, he can focus more on hitting. Second, it will give the Pirates faith in his fielding and more confidence in playing him everyday. Alvarez continued his strong spring Wednesday with another home run.
Pedro Alvarez hit two home runs on Monday, one a grand slam, in the Pirates 18-4 win over the Phillies. (Source: MLB.com)
Fantasy Impact: This is a very encouraging sign as Alvarez seems prepared for the season. Alvarez is a candidate for 30 home runs and could be a power asset later in your draft.
Pedro Alvarez hit his second home run of the spring yesterday off Philadelphia Phillies lefty Mario Hollands. This is a good sign for Alvarez, who has been battling elbow problem as of late. (Source: MLB.com)
Fantasy Impact: Alvarez needs to continue to show power as he recovers from a series of injuries dating back to last season. He is expected to provide middle of the order type power this season, and could be one of the biggest fantasy sleepers.
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Pedro Alvarez will be out at least few more games after it was revealed he is battling a hyperextended elbow. There is, however, some good news to report as it was announced that he can begin to take on drills as long as the elbow holds up. (Source: SI.com)
Fantasy Impact: Alvarez is a key piece to the Pirates' success in 2015. Should he continue to recover in a timely matter, and resume his solid Spring Training start, look for him to be a staple in the middle of the lineup for the Bucs.
Category: , Injury Updates
Pedro Alvarez has missed the past few games of Spring Training for an unknown reason. Today, it was announced that he hyperextended his elbow and will miss the next few spring training games, but will return soon. (Source: Travis Sawchik on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Alvarez had been off to a hot start this spring in an effort to bounce back from a disappointing 2014 season. While this setback does not seem serious, it is worth keeping an eye on throughout the rest of the spring to see if it affects Alvarez's swing.
Category: , Injury Updates
Wed, Mar 4th 5:29pm EST
By Caleb Luketic
Pedro Alvarez crushed a 3-run home run on Tuesday in Florida against the Toronto Blue Jays. It gave the Pirates an early 3-0 lead in the 1st inning. (Source: Pittsburgh Tribune Review)
Fantasy Impact: Pedro Alvarez had a fantastic game on Tuesday hitting a 3-run bomb to the opposite field, and he played outstanding defense. Alvarez is making the shift from 3rd to 1st and it seems to be going well so far. This game was a little indicator showing that Alvarez still has the amazing power that he showed in 2013. Alvarez has been playing great defense over at 1st base, although he still has things to learn that can only come through game experience. He is proving already that his intent is to be at the top of the NL in offensive production this season.
Category: , Game Recaps
According to an MLB.com article, Pedro Alvarez will permanently make the switch from third to first base in 2015. Manager Clint Hurdle declared Alvarez to be their primary option going into next season. (Source: MLB.com)
Fantasy Impact: Pedro Alvarez will look to have a bounce back year in 2015 after playing in just 122 games last season. His production dipped all around, posting just 18 home runs while driving in 56. Although he is not known as an injury-prone player, Alvarez will take less strain on his body by playing first base and this could lead to a return to form, most notably in 2012-13 when he hit at least 30 home runs and drove in at least 85 for the Pirates. This move is more commonly used to transition catchers (see Buster Posey or Joe Mauer) but Alvarez can certainly benefit from this move both offensively and defensively.