Pedro Manuel Alvarez...Wife's name Keli...Is a 2005 graduate of Horace Mann High School in New York, where he was the Gatorade and Louisville Slugger New York High School Player-of-the-Year his senior season...Helped lead Horace Mann to the 2004 Ivy League Championship and holds the school and career records in batting average, home runs, RBI, slugging percentage, walks and on-base percentage...Captained the baseball teams for three years and was a four-year starter...Also helped lead club team (Bayside Yankees) to 2005 NABF National Championship...Compiled a .349 batting average, 51 doubles, 49 home runs and 162 RBI in 170 games during his three seasons at Vanderbilt (2006-08)...Was originally selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 14th round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft...Signed by Pirate scout Trevor Haley.
Had his contract selected from Triple-A Norfolk on 9/1 and hit .313 (10-for-32) in 14 games for the Orioles ... Made six starts as a designated hitter and one start at first base; appeared twice as a pinch hitter and once as a defensive replacement (first base) ... Recorded his first home run and first multi-hit game of the season, his 28th-career three-hit game on 9/18 vs. BOS, going 3-for-3 with one home run, two runs, one RBI, and two walks ... Hit .239/.294/.442 (131-for-547) with 31 doubles, one triple, 26 home runs, 60 runs, & 89 RBI in 138 games with Triple-A Norfolk ... Ranked second in the International League in RBI and tied for fourth in home runs at the time of his contract being selected.
Appeared on the Orioles AL Wild Card Game roster...According to the Elias Sports Bureau, became the first Oriole to hit six home runs over a five-game span (7/30-8/5) since Chris Davis had six in a five-game span (9/26-10/1/2012)...According to Elias, his six home runs over five games from 7/30-8/5 are the most home runs he's hit in a five-game span in his career...Posted the 13th multi-homer game of his career (third of the season) on 8/5 at CWS...Logged the sixth five-or-more RBI game of his career on 6/21 vs. SD...Hit his second career Eutaw Street home run on 9/2 vs. NYY...Hit his first career Eutaw Street home run on 5/8 vs. OAK...Hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning on May 5 vs. NYY...Was his fourth career walk-off RBI.
Left Pittsburgh with the 13th-most home runs (131) in franchise history...Posted his third season with at least 25 home runs and 75 RBI (also, 2012 and 2013)...Of his 27 home runs and 77 RBI, 24 home runs and 68 RBI came against right-handed pitchers...Slugged 22 solo home runs...Among National League hitters, ranked tied for 10th in home runs and tied for 21st in RBI... Batted .375 (6-for-16) and collected 15 RBI with the bases loaded...With one out in an inning, he hit .307/.376/.560 (46-for-150)... Batted .291/.385/.658 (34-for-117) with four doubles, 13 home runs, and 28 RBI in 43 day games...Hit .378 (17-for-45) with three doubles and eight home runs when he swung at the first pitch of an at-bat...In nine games from 8/11-19, he batted .483/.500/.966 (14-for-29) with two doubles, four home runs, and nine RBI...Hit safely in a season-high five consecutive games three times (5/22- 27, 6/23-27, and 8/9-14)...Among qualifying first basemen, he ranked first in the majors with 10.50 total chances per 9.0 innings.
Made his fourth straight Opening Day start at third base; the longest streak by a Bucco player since Aramis Ramirez from 2000-2003...Homered twice in his fourth game on 4/4 vs. St. Louis (his eighth career two-homer game)...Homered twice again on 4/9 at Chicago (NL)...Connected off lefty James Russell for a three-run homer on 4/10 at Chicago...Hit a game-tying, two-run homer off Toronto's Sergio Santos in the ninth inning on 5/2 at PNC Park...Had season-high four RBI on 5/5 vs. San Francisco...Set a single-season career high with his third stolen base on 5/6...Reached base safely in 11 straight starts from 4/23 thru 5/6...Was dropped to the sixth spot of the lineup on 5/23 and homered that night vs. Washington...Tripled on 6/11 vs. Chicago - the ninth of his career...Hit .299 (26-for-87) in 26 games during the month of June and had average at a season-high .242 following the action on 7/5...Hit his 100th career home run on 7/8 at St. Louis; the 23rd player to hit at least 100 home runs in a Pittsburgh uniform...Left the game on 7/22 vs. Los Angeles with left knee discomfort...Was on Bereavement List from 8/5-7...Made first professional appearance/start at first base on 8/18 vs. Atlanta...Homered twice on 8/23 at Milwaukee (10th career multi-homer game) and tied season high with four RBI...Made four straight starts at first base from 8/23-26 and went 4-for-13 with three home runs and five RBI...Left the game on 8/26 vs. St. Louis with a left foot sprain and missed the next seven games...Struck out in pinch hitting appearance on 9/5 at Chicago (NL)...Was diagnosed with a stress reaction of the 4th metatarsal in his left foot on 9/10 and missed remainder of the season...Made 99 appearances (95 starts) at third base and five starts at first base...Committed all 25 errors (23 throwing) while playing third base.
2013 SEASON: Spent second straight full season in the Major Leagues and established career highs in nearly all offensive categories...Shared the league lead in home runs with Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt; the first Pittsburgh player to win the N.L. home run crown (either tied or outright) since Willie Stargell in 1973...Was named to his first National League All-Star team and participated in the Home Run Derby; hit six in the first round and did not advance...Won Silver Slugger Award...Set club record for most home runs hit by a third baseman (previous high was 34 by Aramis Ramirez in 2001)...Hit 24 home runs prior to the All-Star break, joining Hall-of-Famers Willie Stargell (30 in 1971 and 1973) and Ralph Kiner (24 in 1950) as the only Pittsburgh players to hit as many as 24 homers prior to the break...Led the National League with 14 home runs hit during day games...Averaged a home run every 15.5 at bats; the best ratio in the league...Tied for fifth in the N.L. in RBI and ranked sixth in RBI/per at bat ratio (5.6)...Led the circuit in strikeouts...Became the first Pittsburgh third baseman to hit 30 or more home runs in back-to-back seasons and the fifth player overall (also Ralph Kiner, Willie Stargell, Brian Giles and Jason Bay)...Was Pittsburgh's Opening Day starter at third base for the third straight season...Hit safely in his first two games before going hitless in his next 24 at bats...Homered in back-to-back games on 4/18-19 and four times in a six-game span from 4/18-25...Hit safely in seven straight games from 4/17-25, raising season average from .073 to .188...Homered off LHP Antonio Bastardo on 4/25 at Philadelphia...Had three straight multi-hit games from 5/9-12...Swiped his third career base on 5/16 vs. Milwauke...Homered in back-to-back games on 5/17 and 5/19; bounced a home run into the Allegheny River (462') on 5/17 vs. Houston...Homered twice on 5/25 at Milwaukee (his seventh career multi-homer game)...Connected off former Vanderbilt teammate Mike Minor for a home run on 6/4 at Atlanta - his second homer of the season off a LHP...Fell a triple shy of hitting for cycle and had a season-high five RBI on 6/20 at Cincinnati...Homered in four straight games from 6/20-23...Hit third in the lineup for the first and only time in his career on 6/23 at Los Angeles (AL) and went 2-for-5 with a homer...Was named National League Player-of-the-Week for the week of 6/17-23 after hitting .414 (12-for-29) with four home runs, 10 RBI and 27 total bases in seven games...Had a career-high 12-game hitting streak from 6/16-29, going 19-for-48 (.396) with six home runs and 15 RBI...Hit his 20th home run on 6/29 to become the first Pirates left-handed batter to have at least 20 home runs by the end of June since Brian Giles hit 21 in 2000...His 10 home runs hit during the month of June were tied with Cincinnati's Jay Bruce for the most in the N.L. and were the most in the month of June by a Pirates player since Richie Hebner hit 10 in 1975...Hit safely in 22 of his 24 games from 6/16 thru 7/13, going 33-for-97 (.340) with 10 homers and 24 RBI and raising his season average from .212 to .253...Connected off Philadelphia's John Lannan for his third homer off a LHP on 7/3...Went 0-for-4 in his final game prior to the All-Star break and went hitless in his first 16 at bats to start the second half...Took over the N.L. lead in home runs when he hit his 27th on 7/29 vs. St. Louis...His seven home runs during the month of July tied for second in the league (Alfonso Soriano led with eight)...Had his fourth career triple on 8/6 vs. Miami...Hit his 30th home run on 8/17 vs. Arizona...Tallied second triple (fifth career) on 8/20 at San Diego...Tied career high (third time) with four hits on 8/27 vs. Milwaukee...Had first career inside-the-park home run on 9/13 vs. Chicago...Recorded second stolen base (fourth career) on 9/17 vs. SD...Hit .344 (21-for-61) with six home runs and 13 RBI in 18 interleague games; the six home runs tied for second among N.L. players...Led N.L. third basemen in games (150), starts (148), assists (359) and total chances (458); tied for second in double plays (27)...Finished the season with 86 home runs hit as a Pirates third baseman to rank second on the all-time list behind Richie Hebner (120).
2013 POSTSEASON: Established a Major League record by recording at least one RBI in each of his first six career postseason games...Went 6-for-20 (.300) with three home runs and seven RBI in the six games...Hit safely in all five Division Series games vs. St. Louis...Singled off lefthander Kevin Siegrist to break a 3-3 tie in the 8th inning of Game Three on 10/6 (Pirates won 5-3)...His 8th-inning home run in Game Four on 10/7 was the lone Pittsburgh hit against Michael Wacha in a 2-1 loss.
Spent first full season in the Major Leagues...Ranked second among National League third basemen in home runs (30) and fourth in the Majors behind Miguel Cabrera (42), Adrian Beltre (31) and Chase Headley (31)...His 17.5 HR/AB ratio ranked seventh among all National League batters...His 30 home runs were the third-most by a Pittsburgh third baseman and the most since Aramis Ramirez hit 34 in 2001...Had seven games with at least four RBI; tied for the most in the Majors along with Texas' Josh Hamilton...Hit a National League leading 18 home runs in day games; the most by a Pittsburgh player in day games since Willie Stargell hit 19 in 1971 Was Pittsburgh's Opening Day starter at third base for the second straight season...Homered off Philadelphia's Vance Worley in his second game on 4/8...Went hitless in his next 20 at bats before homering again on 4/18 at Arizona...Homered twice in doubleheader vs. Colorado on 4/25...Went 12-for-26 (.462) with three doubles, three home runs and nine RBI during seven-game hitting streak from 4/28 to 5/4...Moved into fourth spot of the lineup on 5/5 and went hitless in his next 20 at bats...Homered twice in back-to-back games on 6/16-17 at Cleveland...Had career-high six RBI on 6/17...Connected off Lance Lynn for second career grand slam on 6/30 at St. Louis...Left game on 7/1 due to leg cramps and sat out the game on 7/2...Tallied two RBI as a pinch hitter on 7/3 vs. Houston...Took Colorado's LHP Rex Brothers deep for a game tying three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning on the first pitch following a 53-minute rain delay at Coors Field on 7/16...Recorded only stolen base (second career) on 8/1 at Chicago...Homered off lefty Barrett Browning in 19th inning at St. Louis on 8/19; the first time in franchise history that a player homered in the 19th inning or later...Went 4-for-5 with a double, two home runs and four RBI on 8/28 vs. St. Louis...Hit .322 (29-for-90) during the month of August...Was named the National League Player-of-theWeek for 8/27-9/2...Homered in consecutive at bats and collected five RBI on 9/16 at Chicago...Batted .275 (46-for-167) with nine homers and 25 RBI in his last 44 games (beginning on 8/16)...Tied for third in the league with 145 games played at third base and led all players at the hot corner with 27 errors...Hit .323 (31-for-96) with six home runs in 26 games from the fifth spot of the batting order.
Was Pittsburgh's Opening Day starter at third base - the first lefthandedhitting third baseman to start at third base on Opening Day for the Pirates sinceRichie Hebner in 1976...Collected first Major League stolen base on 4/1 at Chicago (NL)...Had three hits and three RBI on 4/3 at Chicago...Went 5-for-36 (.139) in 11 games from4/7-20, dropping average from .231 to .177...Batted seventh in the lineup for the firsttime in his career on 4/19 at Florida...Hit first home run and fell a triple shy of hittingfor the cycle after going 3-for-4 on 4/21 at Florida...Missed four games (5/4-8) withtightness in right quad...Went 14 straight games without an error from 4/23 thru 5/13...Hit second home run on 5/18 at Cincinnati...Was placed on the 15-day DL on 5/21 (retroto 5/20) with a right quad strain...Played one rehab game with GCL Pirates on 6/27 andwent 0-for-1 in a rain-shortened affair...Also went 3-for-16 (.188) with a home run insix rehab games with Bradenton Marauders from 6/28-7/3 before being transferred toTriple-A Indianapolis on 7/4...Went 5-for-17 (.294) with five RBI in five rehab games with Indianapolis from 7/4-8...Was recalled fromrehab, reinstated from the D.L. and optioned to Indianapolis on 7/9...Hit .365 (23-for-63) with three homers and 13 RBI in 18 Triple-Agames (including rehab) during the month of July...Was recalled by Pittsburgh on 7/25 and hit safely in eight of his first 11 games withthe Pirates thru 8/4...Connected off Cliff Lee in Philadelphia for a home run on 7/30; his third career shot off a left-handed pitcher...Went 2-for-24 in nine games from 8/5-15 and was optioned back to Indianapolis on 8/16...Went 4-for-36 (.111) in his first 10 gamesback at Triple-A, dropping season average there from .365 to .273...Homered in back-to-back games on 8/28-29...Was recalled byPittsburgh on 9/6...Recorded second career triple on 9/9 vs. Florida...Hit fourth homer with Pirates on 9/20 at Arizona...Went 7-for-41(.171) with four RBI in 18 games with Pittsburgh in September...Was Pittsburgh's most-used starter at third base (63 starts).
Began season with Triple-A Indianapolis and ended up being Pittsburgh's most-used third baseman (94starts)...Homered in first game of the season with Indy on 4/8 at Columbus...Hit two home runs and knocked in five runs the followingday at Columbus...Swiped first of four bases on 4/19 vs. Toledo...Hit .224 (19-for-85) in 22 games during the month of April...Homeredin back-to-back games on 4/30 and 5/1 and tallied 17 RBI in a seven-game span from 4/30 thru 5/7...Had a nine-game hitting streak(12-for-31, .387) from 5/19-29 and hit safely in 20 of his 23 games from 5/19 thru6/12 (28-for-83, .337), raising average from .243 to .290...Had four hits on 5/27 atCharlotte and fell a single shy of hitting for the cycle on 6/9 vs. Pawtucket...Hit .323(20-for-62) against left-handed pitchers and .261 (47-for-180) against right-handedpitchers while playing with Indianapolis...Was recalled by Pittsburgh on 6/16 and madeMajor League debut that night against the White Sox at PNC Park (went 0-for-2 with awalk and a run scored)...Went hitless in his first 11 big league at bats before collectingan RBI-double off Cleveland lefty David Huff on 6/19...Hit safely in eight straight gamesfrom 6/28 thru 7/6...Walked in his only pinch-hitting appearance on 6/27 atOakland...Connected off Philadelphia's Kyle Kendrick for first Major League home runon 7/3 at PNC Park; also homered the next day...Went 11-for-28 (.393) from 7/17-23,raising average from .216 to .259...Homered twice in back-to-back-games on 7/20 and7/21 vs. Milwaukee...Had career-high five RBI on 7/20...Went 1-for-24 in final sevengames in July after hitting safely in 14 of his first 18 during the month...Shared N.L.rookie lead in home runs (seven) during the month of July...Had an RBI in seven straightgames (11 total) from 8/4-11; the longest streak by a Pittsburgh rookie since Frank Coleman did so in eight straight games in 1944(8/6-14) and the longest streak by any Bucco since Jason Bay with seven in a row in 2005...Homered three times in a four-gamestretch from 8/4-7; connected off Colorado's Huston Street for a three-run, walkoff homer with two outs in the 10th inning on 8/7...Didnot homer again until 9/5 vs. Washington...Tallied an RBI in seven straight games again from 9/21-27 (15 total)...Had career-high fourhits and tied career high with five RBI on 9/30 at Florida...Reached base safely in 19 of his last 20 games and in 29 of his last 31,dating back to 8/30...Batted .467 (21-for-45) during career-high, 11-game hitting streak from 9/21 thru 10/1...Was named N.L. Playerof-the-Week for the week of 9/20-26 after hitting .417 (10-for-24) with three homers and 13 RBI in six games...Was voted the NationalLeague Rookie-of-the-Month for the month of September after hitting .311 with five home runs and 26 RBI in 29 games...Led thePirates with 13 home runs after the All-Star break and was tied for fifth among all N.L. players in RBI (53)...His 64 RBI since his recallfrom Triple-A on 6/16 ranked eighth in the league...Hit 12 of his 14 home runs at PNC Park, where he batted .281 in 50 games...Produceda .295 average (76-for-258) in 69 games while batting fifth in the lineup and a .146 average (13-for-89) in his other 26 games...His16 home runs set a club rookie record for a third baseman and were the most by a Pittsburgh third baseman since Aramis Ramirez hit17 in 2002...Made 94 starts at third base and tied for fourth in the league with 17 errors (11 fielding/6 throwing).
Hit .288 (134-for-465) with 32doubles, 27 home runs and 95 RBI in 126 combined gamesbetween Lynchburg (A) and Altoona (AA)...Led Pittsburgh farmhandsin home runs and RBI...Represented the United States at the MLBFutures Game in St. Louis on 7/12 and went 1-for-2 with an RBIas the starting designated hitter...Also played for Team USA in theWorld Cup tournament in Europe from 9/2-27 and hit .259 (14-for-54) with five home runs and 12 RBI in 15 games for GoldMedal champs...Tied a USA Baseball World Cup record by hittingthree home runs in one game when he did so against ChineseTaipei on 9/16...Began season with Lynchburg, where he hit twogame-tying homers in the 9th inning and three game-winning homeruns, including two walkoffs at City Stadium (the Hillcats went 11-1 in games he homered)...Led Lynchburg in home runs despiteplaying in just 66 games...Went 3-for-4 with a double, homer andfour RBI in first professional game on 4/9 vs. Potomac...Went hitless in his next five games (17 at bats)...Homered and knocked insix runs on 4/16 vs. Winston-Salem...Tallied 20 RBI in 21 games during the month of April despite hitting .219 (16-for-73)...Swipedlone base with Lynchburg on 5/27 vs. Salem...Tallied lone triple in next game on 5/28 vs. Salem...Hit two home runs, including agrand slam, and knocked in seven runs on 6/13 at Kinston...Homered twice again, including another grand slam, and had six RBIon 6/16 at Myrtle Beach...Was leading the Carolina League in RBI (55) and was second in homers (14) when he was promoted toAltoona on 6/22...Made Double-A debut on 6/23 and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts...Hit .194 (7-for-36) in his first 10 gamesthru 7/5...Hit first home run with Altoona on 6/24 at Erie's Jerry Uht Park off Luis Marte...Homered again the next day at Erie...Had10 multi-hit games in July and hit .352 (32-for-91) in 25 games during the month...Homered in back-to-back games on 7/13 and7/16...Reached base in 18 consecutive games from 7/30 (game 2) thru 8/20...Homered and was walked four times on 8/1 vs.Trenton...Went 4-for-5 and swiped lone base with Altoona on 8/9 at New Hampshire...Went 14-for-21 in five-game stretch from 8/9-14, raising average from .303 to .350...Played his final game in front of the home crowd at Blair County Ballpark on 8/27 vs. Trentonand went 3-for-5 with two home runs and a season-high nine total bases...Played his final game in a Curve uniform on 8/31 at Erieand went 2-for-4...Collected multi-hit games in four of his final five contests, going 9-for-22 (.409) with four of those nine hits goingfor extra bases...Was named Eastern League Player-of-the-Month in August after hitting .368 (39-for-106) with a league-best sevenhomers, 20 RBI, nine doubles, 21 runs scored, 24 walks and a .485 on-base percentage...Also reached base safely in all but one gamein August and produced a .651 slugging percentage...Ranked second on the Altoona team with 13 home runs despite playing in just60 games...Was named Altoona's Most Valuable Player...The Curve posted a 34-26 (.567) record in games he played and a 26-51 (.338)record in games he did not play...Hit .338 with 12 home runs against right-handed pitchers while playing with Altoona and .324 withone homer against left-handed pitchers...Hit 24 of his 27 home runs with the two clubs against right-handed pitchers.
Suffered a broken hamate bone in his right hand in season-opening game against Oregon State on 2/22 and went onto miss 23 of Vanderbilt's 63 games...Returned to action on 4/1 and went 1-for-4 with two runs against Southeast Missouri...Hit firstof nine home runs in his fourth game on 4/5 vs. Ole Miss...Went 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI vs. Memphis on 5/6...Tiedcareer high with four hits on 5/11 vs. Georgia; went 4-for-5 and fell a homer shy of hitting for the cycle...Homered in final collegiategame on 5/24 vs. Ole Miss; home run was his 49th career home run at Vanderbilt which ties him with Scotti Madison (1977-80) formost in school history...Officially signed with Pittsburgh on 8/16 and spent three weeks at the club's Instructional League programin Bradenton, Florida, from 9/28 to 10/18.
Batted .386 with 18 home runs and 68 RBI while being named a first-team All-American by Baseball America, Rivals.comand the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association...Posted 29 multi-hit games and 20 multi-RBI games...Was named NationalCollegiate Baseball Writers Association Hitter-of-the-Week on 2/12 after hitting .500 (7-for-14) with two doubles, a triple, homer andfive RBI in the Houston College Classic...Was also named SEC Hitter-of-the-Week for same time period...Hit go-ahead, three-runinside-the-park home run (first in career) in 8th inning of 6-3 win against Arkansas on 3/24...Produced a 24-game hitting streak from4/21 thru 6/3...Was named the SEC Tournament Most Valuable Player after hitting .542 (13-for-24) with two homers and eight RBI inthe tournament...Led USA National Team in batting average (.315), hits (40), home runs (7), RBI (30), total bases (70) and sluggingpercentage (.551), while winning the Silver Medal at the Pan Am Games and finishing third at the World Port Tournament.
Hit .329 with a school record 22 home runs and 64 RBI in his first year at Vanderbilt...Was named the Southeast ConferenceFreshman-of-the-Year and the National Freshman-of-the-Year by numerous industry outlets, including Baseball America, CollegiateBaseball and Rivals.com...Was also named to SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll...Was a starter in 63 of his 64 games played, allat third base...Led team in walks and produced a .456 on-base percentage...Picked up first career hit in a 6-2 victory over then Top25 ranked USC on 2/18...Tallied first career stolen base and triple on 2/28 vs. Murray State...Went 1-for-3 and hit first career homerun on 3/12 against Brown University...Was named Collegiate Baseball, Rosenblatt Report and National Collegiate Baseball WritersAssociation Player-of-the-Week on 4/17 after going 9-for-18 (.500) with six home runs, a double, seven runs scored and a 1.556slugging percentage in four games...Was also named SEC Hitter-of-the-Week in that time frame...Homered seven times in his last 11games, including five in the post-season...Was named to the NCAA Atlanta Regional All-Tourney team after going 5-for-15 with threehomers, three RBI and four runs scored...Also selected to the SEC All-Tourney team after hitting two homers and picking up six RBI andfive runs scored in five games...Was named the second-best prospect on the USA National Team by Baseball America after leadingthe team with a .379 batting average to go along with five homers, 12 doubles and 43 RBI in 31 games.