Pittsburgh Pirates: 2013 Home Run Derby Ends Early for Pedro Alvarez

By David Fouty

It’s not like he was favored, but Pedro Alvarez never seemed to be able to get going during the 2013 MLB Home Run Derby.

Alvarez was the dark horse for many heading into the derby, and had the unfortunate distinction of being the bubble boy. Alvarez finished the first round with six home runs, one home run shy of Michael Cuddyer, which would have forced a playoff.

The Pittsburgh Pirates third-baseman is currently tied for fifth in MLB with 24 home runs. He has been streaky in the department. He hit home runs on four consecutive days, and hit home runs on back-to-back games on multiple occasions.

If he were able to get into a groove, he could have easily been more of a factor in the derby, but he never seemed to be able to string them together. It took him a while to get going, which was his biggest downfall. He recorded four outs before notching a tater. The ones he was able to hit out certainly went a long way.

Citi Field wasn’t the best set up for a left-hander to succeed in this year’s derby. The right-field fence stretches 375 feet from home plate, compared to 335 in left. While he wasn’t able to keep the hot streak going, he was able to reach the upper deck multiple times. He showed that if he were able to get hot, he could have easily made a push into the second round and beyond.

It was Alvarez’s first Home Run Derby, but may not be his last. The 26-year-old wouldn’t be a bad selection to get another shot in the future, and would probably be able to improve on his performance now that he has some experience under his belt.

David Fouty is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davefouty, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google+.


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