Pedro Alvarez - Baseball - Vanderbilt University Athletics

#24 Pedro Alvarez Season 2007-08


Class Junior
Height 6'2"
Weight 225 LBS
Hometown New York, N.Y.
High School Horace Mann

National and SEC Player of the Year Candidate

First Team Preseason All-American

Coach Corbin Quote: I think he[apos]s the best third baseman in the country. He might be the best player in the country. He flashes five tools. He runs very well. He is a great teammate and cares about other people which goes a long way when you[apos]re talking about leadership.

2007: A first-team All-American by Baseball America, and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association … A second-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and the American Baseball Coaches Association … A first-team ABCA South Region and All-Southeastern Conference selection … Finished the year with a .386 batting average to go with 18 homers and 68 RBI … 40 career homers, tied for sixth best in school history … Posted 29 multi-hit and 20 multi-RBI games … Had a 24-game hit streak from April 20 to June 2 … Had a hit in 58 of 66 games … Named the SEC Tournament Most Valuable Player after going 13-for-24 (.524) in the tournament with two homers, three doubles and eight RBI … Was 4-for-4 with two RBI in the first of two games against Ole Miss (5/26). At one point had six consecutive hits … Went 4-for-10 with a double and two RBI in the LSU series … Hit 6-for-12 (.500) with two homers, four runs scored and two RBI in the Auburn series … Went 9-for-14 (.643) with three doubles, seven RBI and five runs scored in the Florida series. Had three hits in all three games … Tied career high with four hits against Kentucky (4/14) … Had game winning two-run triple against Austin Peay (4/4) … Hit go-ahead three-run inside the park homer (first in career) in eighth inning of 6-3 win against Arkansas (3/24) … 6-for-12, double, two homers and three RBI in the Xavier series … 4-for-5 with two doubles, triple and three runs scored against Austin Peay (2/27) … 5-for-13 (.385), a homer, two doubles and five runs scored in the Music City Classic … 5-for-13 (.385), two homers, four RBI and five runs scored in the Ohio series …named National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Hitter of the Week (2/12) after hitting .500 (7-for-14) with two doubles, a triple and homer and five RBI in the Houston College Classic. Also named SEC Hitter of the Week … Led USA National Team with a .315 batting average, seven homers and 30 RBI.

2006: Named the National Freshman of the Year by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and … Also named the SEC Freshman of the Year after finishing the season with a .329 batting average to go along with a Vanderbilt school record 22 homers and 64 RBI … Finished with a .361 average with seven homers and 27 RBI in SEC play … starter in 63 of 64 games played, all at third base … Had 22 multi-hit and 13 multi-RBI games … Efficient on the base paths with seven stolen bases in 10 attempts … Walked a team high 57 times with an on-base percentage of .456 … Named to SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll … Named to the NCAA Atlanta Regional All-Tourney team after going 5-for-15 with three homers, three RBI and four runs scored … Named to the SEC All-Tourney team after hitting two homers with six RBI and five runs scored in five games … Named the second best prospect on the USA National Team by Baseball America after leading the team with a .379 batting average to go along with five homers, 12 doubles and 43 RBI … Walked three times in a game five times: South Carolina (5/18), Brown (3/12 & 3/10), Creighton (3/7) and Kansas (2/19) … Intentionally walked seven times on the year … Blasted seven homers in the last 11 games of the year, including five in the postseason … Hit a homer in the last two games against South Carolina (5/19&20) … Notched five RBI in three games: Georgia (4/14), at Lipscomb (4/12) and at Austin Peay (4/5) … Named Collegiate Baseball, Rosenblatt Report and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Player of the Week (4/17) after knocking six homers in four games. In addition, Alvarez was named SEC Hitter of the Week, marking the first time a Commodore hitter received the award. Alvarez was 9-for-18 (.500) on the week with seven runs scored. Of his nine hits, six were homers, one was a double and the other two were singles for a 1.556 slugging percentage … Went 5-for-12 (.417) with two doubles and three runs scored in the Auburn series … Named SEC Freshman of the Week (3/20) for his performance against in the conference opening series against Ole Miss and two midweek games against Butler. He went 7-for-18 (.389) on the week with two homers, two doubles and five RBI. He was 5-for-12 (.417) with two doubles, a homer and two RBI against Ole Miss. His two-run homer sparked the Commodores to a 5-0 win in the series finale … Was 1-for-3 with two RBI against Brown (3/12), including first career homerun … First career hit came in 6-2 win over then Top 25 ranked USC (2/18) … First career stolen base and triple came against Murray State (2/28).

High School: One of the top baseball prospects in the nation at Horace Mann High School … Was a 2005 Louisville Slugger All-American … Was the Gatorade and Louisville Slugger New York High School Player of the Year … Was the 97th ranked pro prospect in the country by Baseball America … Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 14th round of the 2005 draft … Was the Perfect Game World Wood Bat Tourney MVP in Marietta, Ga. … Helped lead Horace Mann to 2004 Ivy League Championship and finished in second place in the US … Helped lead club team (Bayside Yankees) to 2005 NABF National Championship … Holds Horace Mann[apos]s school and career records in batting average, homers, RBI, slugging percentage, base on balls and on base percentage … Lettered in baseball … Captained the baseball teams for three years and was a four-year starter.

Personal: Pedro Manuel Alvarez … Born 2/6/87 in New York … Son of Pedro and Luz Alvarez … Has a sister, Yolayna … Nicknames are ‘El Toro and El Matatan’ … An economics major … Favorite Meal: Rice, Beans and Chicken … Favorite baseball players are Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz … Ten years from now he wants to be playing in the Majors.