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Pedro Alvarez's First 162 Professional Games

I noticed on Baseball Reference that Pedro has 162 minor league games played so far in the professional career.  While Pedro likely won't be playing every single game in a season, his numbers are interesting, and his counting numbers are eye-popping.  It should be noted that his A+ numbers are his worst at any level. 

.282/.372/.526, 37 2B, 36 HR, 131 RBI, 102 R, 24% K rate, 13% BB rate, 30 errors (I don't know where to find advanced defensive metrics for him).

It might seem silly to lump his A+, AA, and AAA stats together, but I think he can produce near those levels pretty quickly when he gets to the Majors, K rate be damned.  And like I said, his A+ #s actually hurt his career totals.  I also like looking at his entire body of work in the Minors as opposed to trying to getting all of my stats from 36 games this season.  If he gets the promotion this summer and plays 150 games in 2011, I think .270/.360/.520 with 30 HRs and 100 RBIs is obtainable in 2011.  I am mostly concerned about his defense - hopefully he gets better through repetition.

Aside from watching Pedro at the plate, another reason why I am anxious to see Pedro in Pittsburgh is to see what effect he has on Jones.  Jones crushed last year when pitchers weren't pitching around him, and his numbers have regressed a bit this season.  Putting Pedro behind Jones could have a very positive impact on the entire lineup.

Finally, I wanted to note that Pedro is hitting .327/.429/.692 this month.  Like I suggested at the end of April, Pedro is a slow starter and he is heating up.  I know we have had threads on Pedro in the past, but as a die-hard Pirates fan I can't wait for superstar #2 that we are building around (the other being Cutch) to get to Pittsburgh.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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