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Pedro Alvarez had a spectacular season with the Pirates in 2013, blasting 36 home runs with 100 runs batted in.
This season, he has picked up right where he left off as far as power goes, already blasting eight home runs. He is on track to hit 35 home runs on the season, which hardly qualifies as a drop-off in production.
While his power is still there, Alvarez has had trouble staying consistent, batting just .214 on the season.
Still, his on-base percentage is at a respectable .313 thanks to a more disciplined approach at the plate. With 19 walks on the season, Alvarez is currently on pace to get 83 free passes in 2014. He only had 48 walks last season.
Although it was something that he had worked on in spring training, Alvarez has actually looked worse in the field than he did in 2013, when he owned a fielding percentage of .941. In 2014, Alvarez has already made nine errors, dropping his fielding percentage to just .927.
Due to the decline in both batting average and fielding percentage so far in 2014, Alvarez has only earned a B-, as he is capable of much better.