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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 4:58 pm 
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I am officially starting the draft watch. Pedro Alvarez is who most mock drafts are giving us.

Pedro Alvarez

Class:Junior
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
High School: Horace Mann
Height / Weight: 6-2 / 225
Position: INF/3B
Bats / Throws:: Left/Right

National and SEC Player of the Year Candidate
First Team Preseason All-American


Coach Corbin Quote: I think he's the best third baseman in the country. He might be the best player in the country. He flashes five tools. He runs very well. He is a great teammate and cares about other people which goes a long way when you're talking about leadership.


2007: A first-team All-American by Baseball America, Rivals.com and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association ... A second-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and the American Baseball Coaches Association ... A first-team ABCA South Region and All-Southeastern Conference selection ... Finished the year with a .386 batting average to go with 18 homers and 68 RBI ... 40 career homers, tied for sixth best in school history ... Posted 29 multi-hit and 20 multi-RBI games ... Had a 24-game hit streak from April 20 to June 2 ... Had a hit in 58 of 66 games ... Named the SEC Tournament Most Valuable Player after going 13-for-24 (.524) in the tournament with two homers, three doubles and eight RBI ... Was 4-for-4 with two RBI in the first of two games against Ole Miss (5/26). At one point had six consecutive hits ... Went 4-for-10 with a double and two RBI in the LSU series ... Hit 6-for-12 (.500) with two homers, four runs scored and two RBI in the Auburn series ... Went 9-for-14 (.643) with three doubles, seven RBI and five runs scored in the Florida series. Had three hits in all three games ... Tied career high with four hits against Kentucky (4/14) ... Had game winning two-run triple against Austin Peay (4/4) ... Hit go-ahead three-run inside the park homer (first in career) in eighth inning of 6-3 win against Arkansas (3/24) ... 6-for-12, double, two homers and three RBI in the Xavier series ... 4-for-5 with two doubles, triple and three runs scored against Austin Peay (2/27) ... 5-for-13 (.385), a homer, two doubles and five runs scored in the Music City Classic ... 5-for-13 (.385), two homers, four RBI and five runs scored in the Ohio series ...named National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Hitter of the Week (2/12) after hitting .500 (7-for-14) with two doubles, a triple and homer and five RBI in the Houston College Classic. Also named SEC Hitter of the Week ... Led USA National Team with a .315 batting average, seven homers and 30 RBI.


2006: Named the National Freshman of the Year by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and Rivals.com ... Also named the SEC Freshman of the Year after finishing the season with a .329 batting average to go along with a Vanderbilt school record 22 homers and 64 RBI ... Finished with a .361 average with seven homers and 27 RBI in SEC play ... starter in 63 of 64 games played, all at third base ... Had 22 multi-hit and 13 multi-RBI games ... Efficient on the base paths with seven stolen bases in 10 attempts ... Walked a team high 57 times with an on-base percentage of .456 ... Named to SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll ... Named to the NCAA Atlanta Regional All-Tourney team after going 5-for-15 with three homers, three RBI and four runs scored ... Named to the SEC All-Tourney team after hitting two homers with six RBI and five runs scored in five games ... Named the second best prospect on the USA National Team by Baseball America after leading the team with a .379 batting average to go along with five homers, 12 doubles and 43 RBI ... Walked three times in a game five times: South Carolina (5/18), Brown (3/12 & 3/10), Creighton (3/7) and Kansas (2/19) ... Intentionally walked seven times on the year ... Blasted seven homers in the last 11 games of the year, including five in the postseason ... Hit a homer in the last two games against South Carolina (5/19&20) ... Notched five RBI in three games: Georgia (4/14), at Lipscomb (4/12) and at Austin Peay (4/5) ... Named Collegiate Baseball, Rosenblatt Report and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Player of the Week (4/17) after knocking six homers in four games. In addition, Alvarez was named SEC Hitter of the Week, marking the first time a Commodore hitter received the award. Alvarez was 9-for-18 (.500) on the week with seven runs scored. Of his nine hits, six were homers, one was a double and the other two were singles for a 1.556 slugging percentage ... Went 5-for-12 (.417) with two doubles and three runs scored in the Auburn series ... Named SEC Freshman of the Week (3/20) for his performance against in the conference opening series against Ole Miss and two midweek games against Butler. He went 7-for-18 (.389) on the week with two homers, two doubles and five RBI. He was 5-for-12 (.417) with two doubles, a homer and two RBI against Ole Miss. His two-run homer sparked the Commodores to a 5-0 win in the series finale ... Was 1-for-3 with two RBI against Brown (3/12), including first career homerun ... First career hit came in 6-2 win over then Top 25 ranked USC (2/18) ... First career stolen base and triple came against Murray State (2/28).


High School: One of the top baseball prospects in the nation at Horace Mann High School ... Was a 2005 Louisville Slugger All-American ... Was the Gatorade and Louisville Slugger New York High School Player of the Year ... Was the 97th ranked pro prospect in the country by Baseball America ... Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 14th round of the 2005 draft ... Was the Perfect Game World Wood Bat Tourney MVP in Marietta, Ga. ... Helped lead Horace Mann to 2004 Ivy League Championship and finished in second place in the US ... Helped lead club team (Bayside Yankees) to 2005 NABF National Championship ... Holds Horace Mann's school and career records in batting average, homers, RBI, slugging percentage, base on balls and on base percentage ... Lettered in baseball ... Captained the baseball teams for three years and was a four-year starter.


Personal: Pedro Manuel Alvarez ... Born 2/6/87 in New York ... Son of Pedro and Luz Alvarez ... Has a sister, Yolayna ... Nicknames are "El Toro and El Matatan" ... An economics major ... Favorite Meal: Rice, Beans and Chicken ... Favorite baseball players are Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz ... Ten years from now he wants to be playing in the Majors.


Would he sign with the Pirates?


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 Post subject: Re: Draft watch
PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 5:51 pm 
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Well, he does currently sport black and gold. He wouldn't need much of an adjustment. :D

(Go Vandy!)

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 Post subject: Re: Draft watch
PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2008 2:08 pm 
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I am sorry... I should be profiling the next projected #3 starter with a low grade FB.


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 Post subject: Re: Draft watch
PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2008 2:55 am 
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Or a crafty pitcher, one of those ground ball specialsts who does not strike out anybody and who gives up a ton of base runners.

Buccos do not have enough of those guys!! (Moskos certainly fits this description, since he has not struck out more than 4 batters in any start in A-ball and is giving up a ton of base runners.)


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 Post subject: Re: Draft watch
PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2008 10:38 am 
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Bucfan wrote:
Or a crafty pitcher, one of those ground ball specialsts who does not strike out anybody and who gives up a ton of base runners.

Buccos do not have enough of those guys!! (Moskos certainly fits this description, since he has not struck out more than 4 batters in any start in A-ball and is giving up a ton of base runners.)

No, Moskos doesn't really fit the description. He hasn't struck out more than four in any start because he usually is taken out after five or six innings. He's averaging 5.2 K's per nine innings, which isn't overpowering, but is okay. And he's not allowing a ton of baserunners. His WHIP is 1.180, and that's pretty good. I'm withholding judgment on Moskos until I see a lot more than 6 starts.

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 Post subject: Re: Draft watch
PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2008 10:40 am 
I hope they draft this Alvarez kid then turn him into a pitcher. Maybe a left-handed relief pitcher.


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 Post subject: Re: Draft watch
PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2008 1:35 pm 
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Tim Beckham, SS, Griffin (Ga.) HS

The lone high schooler to establish himself as a sure-fire top-5 pick, Beckham is a premier athlete who can pretty much do it all and make it look easy.

He currently stands at 6'2" and weighs 190, and while he should grow some more, he won't outgrow the SS position, where he has a chance to become a gold-glove caliber defender someday. There were some questions about his bat entering the 2008 season, but Beckham has slowly turned the Matt Bush whispers into B.J. and Justin Upton whispers.

I don't think he's quite the prospect that those two were coming out of HS, but he's got 5-tool potential and he's already shown capabilities of reaching it. He's the most polished HS player in the draft and should be the on the fast track to the majors. He won't hit the power that the Uptons do, but still has 20-25 HR potential from the SS position. He was the MVP of the Aflac All-American Classic, showing all his tools. He can really run, and will rack up SBs and could be among the league leaders in triples.

As a HS player, it's just simply harder to find information on him. Aside from the normal "HS draftees are more of a risk!" people, there aren't too many knocks on Beckham, who will play the whole season at 18 years old, turning 19 in the offseason. Certainly the normal caveats apply, but Beckham appears relatively safe as far as high school draftees go.

Let's say he was drafted by the Rays. Hopefully a deal could get done well before the August 15th deadline, since in contrast to pitchers, you want him to play as much as possible this season. Whenever he signs, he'd likely be off to Princeton, though the new Rays management don't really have a track record as far as fast-track HS players go. If he really tears it up, he could get promoted to Hudson Valley and then begin 2009 with Columbus, where he'd likely be slowed down and held there a while, perhaps the whole year, unless he absolutely dominates. Then he would go to Vero Beach as a 20-year old in 2010, and from there his performance would dictate how quickly he moves through the upper reaches of the minors.


Shortstop might me a position of need in a few years. With a name like Beckham he can't miss.


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 Post subject: Re: Draft watch
PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2008 1:40 pm 
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If Beckham is available at the #2 pick, the Pirates can't afford to pass on him. However, I highly doubt he will be available.


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 Post subject: Re: Draft watch
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Piratefan13 wrote:
Shortstop might me a position of need in a few years. With a name like Beckham he can't miss.

Unfortunately, he'll never make it to the Pirates. Rumor has it the Rays are taking Beckham with the #1 pick.

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 Post subject: Re: Draft watch
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Well maybe we should have lost a few more games! I am so disappointed with these Pirates, they can't even lose any good. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Draft watch
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The question with this draft is whether or not we select college guys over HS guys because of the probability of them reaching the majors faster. Or is that an optical illusion?


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 Post subject: Re: Draft watch
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Piratefan13 wrote:
The question with this draft is whether or not we select college guys over HS guys because of the probability of them reaching the majors faster. Or is that an optical illusion?

Selecting Alvarez over the rest would not be about college vs. high school; it would be about selecting the best talent available.

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