Pedro Alvarez (1B,3B)
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.
Category: Game Recaps
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.