Alvarez picked second in draft by Pittsburgh

Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 2:26pm

Vanderbilt junior third baseman Pedro Alvarez was drafted No. 2 overall Thursday by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the annual Major League Draft.

Alvarez, National Freshman of the Year in 2006 and a consensus All-America pick in 2007, is tied for the all-time Vanderbilt home run lead with 49.

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays, who picked former Vanderbilt pitcher David Price No. 1 overall last year, selected Griffin [Ga.] High shortstop Tim Beckham with the No. 1 pick Thursday.

Also on Thursday, Vanderbilt junior shortstop Ryan Flaherty was selected with the No. 41 overall pick by the Chicago Cubs in the compensatory round, sandwiched between the first and second rounds.

Like Alvarez, Flaherty is expected to bypass his senior season at Vanderbilt and sign a pro contract.

Shortstop Anthony Hewitt of Brooklyn, N.Y., a Vanderbilt recruit, was drafted No. 24 overall in the first round by the Philadelphia Phillies, drastically reducing his chances of becoming a Commodore.

Check back later and see Friday's print and Web versions of The City Paper for more draft coverage.

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