The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Alvarez when they drafted him 2nd overall in 2008. The left handed hitter proven that he can hit for power and show off his glove through his first 4 years in the MLB. Hitting 104 career home runs, Alvarez now shows he has the ability to hit 40 home runs in a season. The downside of Alvarez is his batting average. Having a career .235 batting average, Alvarez needs to start hitting for contact if Pittsburgh is looking to compete for a playoff spot.
Alvarez always makes web gems on the field, making incredible catches and hitting monster home runs. He struggles with getting on base. Coming out of Vanderbilt, Alvarez batted .349 with an on base percentage of .451 in 3 seasons. Alvarez also hit 49 home runs in 679 at bats. Clearly, if Alvarez boosts up his batting average and hits like he did in college, he will be an MVP candidate.
Alvarez has moved from third base to first base for the upcoming season. Alvarez will make clutch plays like he has at the hot corner as well. The Pirates really need to work with Alvarez in order for him to improve his batting average. On the upside, Alvarez posted a combined 66 home runs in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Every organization wants at least one player who can hit over 30 home runs in a season. On the downside, Alvarez only clobbered 18 home runs last season. Comparing his statistics in the MLB, Alvarez seems to have not yet reached his home run potential. With the 2015 season looming around the corner, Pedro Alvarez looks to bounce back from an off year.
Last season the Pirates clinched a Wild Card spot, but got pounded at home 8-0 against the San Francisco Giants who went on to win the World Series. This year, the Pirates need to clinch the NL Central since they haven't had any luck in the postseason the last few years. This team has postseason experience and are built for success. Pedro Alvarez needs to be a boom this year in order for this team to win the division title. If not, the Pirates will have a mediocre season and will be extremely lucky if they make the playoffs.
Pedro Alvarez has not played to his best potential in my opinion. If he can stay healthy, I expect at least a 30 home run booming season. Alvarez has the potential to put up 40 home runs if his batting average can improve to around .275 and if he stays healthy. If Alvarez does not stay healthy, he will hit .230 and clobber around 15 to 20 home runs which is decent, but does not fulfill his expectations. Clearly, Alvarez is a boom or bust, however, I expect Alvarez to be a boom this season.