Pedro Alvarez has been promoted to Altoona, according to John Perotto. I don't see any coverage of it yet on the post gazette website, but I am assuming that Perotto has a reputable source. I must say I am VERY surprised about this promotion. Pedro has been striking out in 30% of his ABs all season. His power has improved steadily but a 30% K rate is a major red flag, just look at Jamie Romak's performance this season in AA. From what I have heard/read, Alvarez has had trouble with breaking stuff in the dirt (my own opinion is that it is probably in 2 strike situations when he is trying to protect the plate and be over-aggressive). He has also hit straight stuff a long way from what I have read. He has had a few monster, multi-HR games in the last week but his overall stats for June (or the last week for that matter) aren't that great. He tends to follow up his monster games with 0-4, 3K performances in which he also commits an error in the field. Hopefully he will be able to hack it at AA, but I can see this being a total disaster where he hits 0.180 the rest of the way a la Romak. I just don't think he is ready for AA pitching yet. I guess we are gonna find out.