Former Commodore slugger hits 6 home runs, fails to advance in Home Run Derby

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 12:09am

Pedro Alvarez was a late addition to the Home Run Derby.

His debut didn’t last long.

The former Vanderbilt slugger hit six home runs and failed to advance out of the first round on Monday night at Citi Field in New York.

Alvarez, in his fourth full season with the Pittsburgh Pirates, finished fifth in the first round — one home run behind Colorado’s Michael Cuddyer. The top four advanced to the semifinals. Oakland outfielder Yoenis Cespedes won the event with 32 homers, including 17 in the opening round.

Alvarez recorded four straight outs before belting his first home run to right field. His second homer came an out later and began a flurry of five homers in a span of eight swings. But his last two hacks fell short. All six homers cleared right field for the left-handed hitting Alvarez.

The third baseman has 24 home runs — the second-most in the National League behind only Colorado left fielder Carlos Gonzalez, whom Alvarez replaced in the contest. Alvarez, 23, also ranks seventh in the NL with 62 RBIs.

Alvarez, who was taken second overall in the 2008 draft, will make his All-Star Game debut on Tuesday in New York, not far from where the Dominican player was raised. He is coming off a breakout season in which he hit 30 homers and drove in 85 runs.

1 Comment on this post:

By: damons on 7/16/13 at 8:50

Good job Pedro! Bring a better pitcher for the derby next year!