Owen Watson took a nice look at Pedro Alvarez’s 2014 season over at Fangraphs.
Watson makes a point for Alvarez being a key player to watch for the Bucs this season, especially as I’ve seen prognosticators picking them anywhere between 1st and 3rd in the division.
Where they end up could have much to do with the free-swinging lefty, who might be platoon player at this point in his career.
Alvarez has been moved across the diamond to play full-time at first base as a result of numerous throwing errors from the hot corner.
Last season he led Major League Baseball with 25 errors at third base. In 2nd place was the Oakland Athletics’ Josh Donaldson, who made 23.
Here’s the interesting thing, though. Donaldson made 23 errors in 150 games at 3B. Alvarez’s 25 came in just 99 games.
His fielding percentage was an abysmal .924, a smidge below the Tribe’s Lonnie Chisenhall (.931 in 114 games) among players with a significant amount of playing time.
Although his homer totals were cut in half (down from 36 to 18), the trend on his plate discipline numbers suggest he could rebound this season.
You can see Watson’s full article here.