2014 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper: 3B Pedro Alvarez

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In early fantasy baseball rankings across the web, one player that is starting to emerge as a great value pick is Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez.

Pedro is currently falling down 2014 fantasy rankings and he is shockingly ranked eighth among third basemen on ESPN’s rankings. Unproven fantasy options, like  Josh Donaldson, are even ranked ahead of Alvarez, which is absolutely insulting to the Steel City Smasher. People are using his .233 batting average or his 186 strikeouts as an excuse to exclude Alvarez from their top-five third basemen. However, the stats are there and this kid can seriously hit for power.

The veteran was tied for the National League-lead last season with 36 long balls to go along with a gaudy .473 Slugging Perctange. He even added 100 RBIs to his All-Star campaign, which was tied for fifth-best in the NL. These are some serious power numbers.

Despite his lack of attention, Alvarez has now clubbed 66 home runs in the last two seasons, which is shockingly 13 more than 3B David Wright has hit over the past three seasons combined. Alvarez has mastered the art of sitting on a fastball and he has quietly become one of the best power-hitters in fantasy.

Alvarez will be the ultimate value pick at the hot corner this fantasy season and he will be one of the best options to grab in the middle of the draft. He obviously won’t hit for average, as he has a career .235 average, but he should have no problem finishing the 2014 season with another 25-plus homers.


Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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  • Javens

    I don’t see how you can call a player who hit 36 HRs and knocked in 100 RBI a sleeper. You could say he maybe undervalued; but even then; his unsustainable 26.3% HR/FB and his 30% K% are why experts are calling for regression in 2014. A top 10 third basemen for sure but there’s no way I would take him over Miggy, Beltre, Wright, Longoria, Zimmerman, Donaldson, or Encarnacion (if eligible). He’s a solid player at perhaps the deepest position in fantasy this year.

  • AdamMcGill

    How can you say he isn’t a sleeper, but yet rank him at number seven?

    He will be a strong starter and will come several rounds after David Wright. That kind of value makes him a sleeper in my book.

    • Javens

      I never provided a ranking so I’m not sure where you pulled that from. I mentioned 7 players who I would take over Alvarez 100 out a 100 times. I could add Matt Carpenter (obvoiusly more value at 2B but I’ll use him for sake of argument), Kyle Seager and even Machado of players who could provide similar value. I think we have differing interpretations of the term ‘sleeper’. A player who is drafted in the 6th round (ADP IS 73) and has the potential for 4th round production (max) is not a sleeper in my eyes. Alvarez may certainly have value where he is drafted and I’ll probably target him but I think the term ‘sleeper’ is a little bit of reach.