Former Vanderbilt slugger named last week's top National League performer

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 2:14pm
Staff reports

Former Vanderbilt slugger Pedro Alvarez was the named the National League Player of the Week, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday.

In six games, ending Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman was 11-for-24 with four home runs and eight RBIs. He had at least one hit in five of the six contests, including four hits and four RBIs in a 9-0 victory over St. Louis on Aug. 28.

He led the N.L. with a 1.042 slugging percentage, tied for the league’s most home runs for the week and was second with 25 total bases. The week included his fifth career multi-home run game, which tied him with Richie Hebner and Aramis Ramirez for the most by a third baseman in Pirates history.

“Congrats to my brotha Pedro Alvarez for winning NL player of the week!!” Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price, a teammate of Alvarez at Vanderbilt said on his Twitter account. “Dropping bombs like we still at #vandy”

For the season he has 27 home runs, the most among all National League third basemen. Among all Pirates’ third basemen only Ramirez (34 in 2001) and Frank Thoms (31 in 1958) have hit more in a single season.

It is the second such award for Alvarez, the second overall pick of the 2008 draft. He also was N.L. Player of the Week for the period ending Sept. 26, 2010. He also was the Rookie of the Month for September 2010.