Pedro Alvarez Called Up By Pirates

9:24pm: Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Alvarez has been officially called up.  The prospect got the news after Indianapolis' game on Tuesday night.  ESPN's Buster Olney tweets that Alvarez will be in the lineup against Chicago on Wednesday.

6:55pm: Jenifer Langosch of reports that Pedro Alvarez, the No.2 overall pick in the 2008 Amateur Draft, could make his major league debut for Pittsburgh before the end of the week.  Langosch reports that Alvarez is in the lineup tonight for Triple-A Indianapolis, and could be called up as soon as Wednesday for that evening's White Sox/Pirates game.  One might think the Bucs might announce Alvarez's first game in advance to sell a few extra tickets either against the Sox or when the Indians come to town for a weekend series.

Alvarez will play every day at third base for the Pirates, thus making current baseman Andy LaRoche into a backup or utilityman; Langosch notes that LaRoche has already been taking grounders at second base in preparation for his new role.  With Neil Walker locked into the second base job, LaRoche (who was a well-regarded prospect him not too long ago) could be made available to a team looking for an infield backup.  The Bucs would certainly have an easier time moving LaRoche than they would dealing Akinori Iwamura's big contract.

19 Responses to Pedro Alvarez Called Up By Pirates Leave a Reply

  1. Ian_Smell 5 years ago

    I’ll be really mad if he makes his debut on Sunday because I have tickets for that game but I won’t be able to go!

    • BeatEmBucs 5 years ago

      I really doubt it’s Sunday. I’m willing to bet that it will be tomorrow. My thinking is that they were hoping to sell some tickets tonight by debuting Lincoln and Tabata and then trying to get another big gate tomorrow by bringing up Alvarez.

      • Ian_Smell 5 years ago

        Right after you say this, DK says now that it could be Saturday. I don’t think that I could go to that game either.

        • BeatEmBucs 5 years ago

          smh…I’ve been waiting on an official announcement before actually buying a ticket, but I might just have to go ahead and hope it’s actually Saturday…they might already have sold a decent amount of tix for that day already with the whole ’60 team and everything.

          • BeatEmBucs 5 years ago

            God damn you, Kovacevic! I’ve been waiting for three days for the announcement of Alvarez’s promotion to buy tickets, and then THE Pirates beat writer says it’s going to be Saturday and I buy tickets because there was only a few left as it was…had I waited another half hour….dammit….I’m an idiot.

          • jwredsox 5 years ago

            This is why you will continue to be a suffering Bucs fan

          • BeatEmBucs 5 years ago

            Screw it, I bought some $5 tickets for tomorrow off Stubhub. (There are a couple advantages of the Pirates being god awful)

            I’ll either sell the Saturday ones or just go to the ballpark.

          • bucco_nation 5 years ago

            Good move my man, I’ll see ya there!

  2. Alvarez or carlos santana?

  3. mattinglyfan 5 years ago

    I’ve only seen Pedro Alvarez a few times, during Spring Training against the Yankees, and a recent Indy Indians game, and it seems everytime he makes contact the ball rockets off his bat. He seems like the real deal, it will be exciting to watch him.

  4. bigpat 5 years ago

    Umm, call him up now. He will be the best hitter on the team, not like that’s saying a ton, but he’s been tearing up the minors all year now. I want to see the lineup of the future sooner rather than later. I think he will be the next Miguel Cabrera with a lower batting average.

    • jwredsox 5 years ago

      best hitter on the pirates…. Andrew McCutchen? Nothing terrible there….

      • bigpat 5 years ago

        I should have said other than McCutchen, but I feel like Alvarez can be the legit middle of the order power bad that the Pirates have needed for a very long time now.

        • jwredsox 5 years ago

          I agree with that statement. I was just making sure you weren’t some McCutchen hater or something lol

        • BeatEmBucs 5 years ago

          Jones is pretty damn hot right now and I think his stats look even better if he actually has some protection behind him, ala Alvarez. Although, I don’t think Alvarez will be in the 5 hole tomorrow, but rather 6…just to ease him in.

          1) Tabata
          2) Walker
          3) McCutchen
          4) Jones
          5) Doumit
          6) Alvarez
          7) Church/Milledge
          8) Cedeno
          9) Duke

          1-6, if the young guys continue to develop, is not too shabby…

  5. Ian_Smell 5 years ago

    I have a feeling it’s not “Aki Time” anymore.

    • Todd Smith 5 years ago

      I’m hoping it’s Church…he’s slightly more useless than Aki.

  6. Just_MLB 5 years ago

    really happy for pirates fans…u guys deserve it

  7. cderry 5 years ago

    My guess for the lineup is:
    1. Tabata
    2. Walker
    3. McCutchen
    4. Jones
    5. Alvarez
    6. Doumit
    7. Milledge
    8. Cedeno
    9. (Pitcher)

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