The Pittsburgh Pirates have already brought up top prospects Brad Lincoln and Jose Tabata in the past week but they might not be done. Third baseman – and former top pick – Pedro Alvarez might be getting a call-up from the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians sometime this week.
There was speculation late last week that the No. 2 overall pick from the 2008 MLB Draft would be called up last week, but that never materialized. Still Pirates’ general manager Neal Huntington said he has not ruled out calling up the third baseman as early as this week.
After Stephen Strasburg, Mike Stanton, Buster Posey and Aroldis Chapman, Alvarez might be the most anticipated mid-season call-up in the majors this year.
Alvarez inked a $6 million deal just before the deadline to agree to a contract on August 15, 2008 but there was controversy over whether or not the deal was signed in time. The Pirates and Alvarez were given an extension by Major League Baseball and eventually agreed to a $6.4 million deal on September 22.
The Vanderbilt product was No. 8 on Baseball America’s list of the top 100 prospects for 2010. In nearly two seasons of minor league ball, Alvarez has put up some impressive numbers. In 190 games he’s blasted 40 home runs, tallied 147 RBI, scored 121 runs, walked 102 times, while only striking out 195 (not a bad ratio for a power hitter). He’s also hit .287, carries a .376 on-base percentage, and has slugged .540 (good enough for a .916 OPS).
In Indianapolis, Alvarez hasn’t show much difficulty adjusting to Triple-A pitching. In 64 games he’s hit .285, with 13 home runs, 52 RBI, with 15 doubles and carries a .370 OBP, .549 slugging percentage and a .919 OPS.
The 23-year-old is listed at 6’3, 223, seems to be the prototypical third baseman and has been called the team’s best power prospect since Barry Bonds.
No pressure kid.
Honestly, with how things have gone for the Pirates over the past oh, I don’t know 17 years, they might as well just bring up all the kids they’ve got. It will give the fans something to cheer for (finally) and let their future see what it’s like to play in the big leagues.
Alvarez’s debut can’t be far away and the sooner the Pirates get him in the lineup, the better.