2011 Fantasy Projections, No. 93: Pedro Alvarez, Sophomore Slump or Sensation?

Nick KappelAnalyst IIIMarch 18, 2011

PITTSBURGH - AUGUST 03:  Pedro Alvarez #17 of the Pittsburgh Pirates throws to first base during the game against the Cincinnati Reds on August 3, 2010 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Our 2011 fantasy baseball projections will be released one-by-one until the top 100 players have been revealed. These rankings consider past achievements, current performance and expected future results based on standard 5×5 H2H settings.

Pittsburgh Pirates’ third baseman Pedro Alvarez displayed impressive power in his rookie season, whacking 16 HRs in just 347 at-bats.

He also showed the willingness to walk (9.6 percent walk rate), but whiffed on strike three a whopping 34.3 percent of the time.

Alvarez’s contact rate (69.7 percent) is perhaps most concerning, but the 24-year-old should improve as he gains more big league experience.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has been tight-lipped on his plans for the team’s lineup, but Alvarez is expected to bat cleanup behind Andrew McCutchen, Jose Tabata and Neil Walker.

Either way, it’s important for Hurdle to find a winning combination and stick with it.

In 258 at-bats in the five hole last year, Alvarez hit .295 with 15 HRs and 56 RBI; in his other 89 at-bats, he was juggled between second, fourth, sixth and ninth in the Pirates’ lineup, and hit just .146 with one HR and eight RBI.

There were reports earlier this spring that Alvarez had added 15 pounds over the offseason, tipping the scale at a hefty 240. While the Pirates have disputed this, they have expressed concern regarding his conditioning.

Alvarez will remain at third base for the foreseeable future, but first base is his likely future destination—a move that would put a dent in his fantasy value.

For now, though, the left-handed slugger checks in as the 11th ranked third baseman on my 2011 big board, No. 93 overall.


2010 stats 386 42 16 64 0 .256
2011 FBI Forecast 620 75 30 90 0 .260



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