Fastasy Baseball 2013: Good Value at 3B in Pedro Alvarez

Charles LeClair – USA Today Sports

Sometimes you need to dig deep to find players with the best value in your fantasy baseball draft. This year, Pedro Alvarez of the Pittsburgh Pirates might just be that value pick at third base.

Alvarez was the second overall player selected in the 2008 draft. Last season was his first as the regular third baseman for the Pirates, and he responded by hitting 30 HRs. This spring, he has been drafted around position 160. So he provides a nice power pop that late in the draft.

Now consider that Andrew McCutchen bats two spots ahead of him in the lineup, and you can see that he could get to some nice RBI opportunities.

His batting average needs to be watched carefully. While he managed to bat .278 in 849 games in the minors, his career major league average has been under .240. Unless he sneaks an occasional stolen base on the back end of a double steal with McCutchen, don’t look for him to provide very much help in the statistic.

In addition, his 180 strikeouts can be a cause for concern. But he is 26-years old this year, close to the age that some people predict breakout years will happen.

The bottom line here is that if you can get anything close to a repeat of last year’s 30HRs and 85 RBIs, you’ve nailed yourself a great value in the 13th or 14th round of your draft. So be patient, if Alvarez is still on the board then, take him. You will be happy you did.

 


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