Pirates’ Alvarez Named NL Player of the Week

Pirates’ Alvarez Named NL Player of the Week

While the Pirates dropped to 2 1/2 games behind the Cardinals for the second Wild Card spot in a crushing 5-1 loss to Houston, there is reason for at least one Pirate to be optimistic this week. MLB Network announced today that Pedro Alvarez, third baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates, is the National League Player of the Week for the week ending on September 2nd.

Alvarez was one of the big reasons the Pirates didn’t fall further out of contention for the playoffs last week. In only six games, he accumulated four homers (tying him for the MLB lead) and batted a third-ranked .458. Alvarez also managed a .500 on-base percentage and eight RBIs. On August 28th, Alvarez also struck two home runs in a game against the Cardinals, which gave him five career home runs, tying with Aramis Ramirez and Richie Hebner for most career multi-homer games as a third baseman.

Alvarez was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2008 MLB Draft, and sent to the Lynchburg Hillcats High-A affiliate before moving on to the Double-A team, the Altoona Curve. He was a standout hitter from the very beginning, leading the Pirates organization in both RBIs and home runs. Alvarez was quickly called up to the majors, but struggled initially with a strikeout in all of his first ten games. In response, the Pirates manager John Russell benched him for a day. Following the break, Alvarez returned to play with a huge hitting streak from late June to early July 2010. During this streak, Alvarez managed a pair of home runs, three runs scored, and four RBIs.

Alvarez and the Pirates will continue their series against the Houston Astros tonight before continuing to play the Chicago Cubs on Friday, September 7th. Pittsburgh Pirates tickets are available for all remaining games in the regular season at HeadlineTickets.com.


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