>In a year when top prospects are making their debut all over the place, the Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t want to be left out.  Feeling left behind with the call-ups of Strasburg in Washington, Castro in Chicago, Stanton in Florida, Heyward in Atlanta and Santana in Cleveland, the Pirates decided that they no longer wanted to be in the news as the team that Strasburg debuted against and blew away with 14 K’s.

Consequently, they called up their top prospect Pedro Alvarez from Triple-A Indianapolis.  Alvarez is reportedly a power hitting 3B who was the 2008 #2 overall pick.  Before his promotion, Alvarez ranked 3rd in the International League in RBI’s (53) and fourth in home runs (13).  Of course, none of that matters because those stats don’t carry over.  Regardless, with his 0 HR’s and 0 RBI’s as a Pirate this season, Alvarez already ranks among the team leaders in those categories.

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