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Pedro Alvarez

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Pedro Alvarez
Name: Pedro Manuel Alvarez
Born: Feb 6, 1987 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
High School: Mann HS, Bronx, N.Y.
College: Vanderbilt
Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 250 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (2nd overall) by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2008 (signed for $6,000,000)
Alvarez entered the season as the top prospect in this year's draft class, and even after missing the first half of the season with a hamate bone injury, he maintains that status. The New York high school player of the year in 2005, Alvarez was ranked as a top 100 player as a senior and was drafted by the Red Sox in the 14th round that year. He elected to go to Vanderbilt instead, and he hit 22 home runs and drove in 64 runs, earning Freshman of the Year honors from BA. The trend continued into his sophomore year when Alvarez was named a first team All-American after hitting .386 with 18 home runs. He also spent two standout summers with Team USA. Alvarez has been one of the most feared college hitters for all three years he has been in school. Blessed with plus raw power, he is also an advanced hitter with a professional approach. At third base, his defensive skills and footwork have improved since he arrived at Vanderbilt. His arm is plenty for the corner and his athleticism is a plus. He is also known to be a great teammate with strong makeup. His bonus demands and status as a Boras Corp. client could affect his draft stock, however.
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