SOUTH HILLS – Pedro Alvarez‘s time at third base might be coming to an end.
Alvarez has started only three of the club’s last 11 games. While the Pirates have faced some left-handed pitching, he has also become too much of a liability to be throwing across the diamond in the middle of a pennant race. If you’ve lost track, the throwing error count is at 23, 10 more than the second-worst in MLB (Josh Donaldson).
Josh Harrison should be the starting third baseman going forward, and it sounds like he will be. He’s out-performing Alvarez in every way and it’s no longer a small sample as it’s August 4. Most important, he can throw the ball across the infield. Where does that leave Alvarez, the former No. 2 overall pick? It’s not an easy question.