A Dominican-American professional baseball player Pedro Alvarez was born on 6th February 1987 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He is the third baseman with Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball. He was grown up in Washington Heights neighborhood in New York borough of the Manhattan. He attended Mott Hall School for gifted and talented students located in Harlem. While there, Pedro was an A student. He then went on to attend Horace Mann School in Bronx. During his time in Horace Mann, he had hold numbers of baseball records. In his senior year, he was named as the Athlete of the Year.
After completing his graduation from the high school, Boston Red Sox drafted him in the 14th round of the 2005 Major League Draft. Although he was offered a substantial signing bonus, he chose to play the college baseball for Vanderbilt Commodores of Southeastern Conference. He earned National freshman of the Year honors from various publications which also includes Baseball America.
Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Pedro in the 1st round in 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. On 15th August, he agreed $6 million minor league deal with the Pirates. He signed the deal minutes before the deadline and due to that he was placed on the restricted listafter MLB Players Association filed a grievance against that. Later, he agreed the renegotiated terms on 22nd September on four year major league deal at $6.4 million.
The following year, he attended the Spring Training with the Pirates. He was then assigned to the minor League’s spring training on 16th March 2009. On 16th June 2010, Pedro was called up to the MLB and he made his Major League debut against John Danks of Chicago White Sox. His first Major League hit came on 19th June against Cleveland Indians. He was also named as the National League Player of the Week for 20-26 September.
He finished the 2010 season by winning NL Rookie of the Year Award for the month of September. He was then placed on the 15-day disable list on 21st May 2011. On 9th July, after getting reinstated, Pedro was optioned to AAA Indianapolis Indians. In the year 2013, Pedro was selected to national League All-Star Team. The same year, he also participated in Home Run Derby and hit six home runs.
To talk about his personal life, Pedro Alvarez is married to his wife Keli who is the daughter of pat Murphy. The couple got married in January of 2011. Pedro is a Christian. Standing at the height of six feet and three inch taller, Pedro’s favorite meal is Rice, Beans and Chicken. Because of his muscular physique and strength, he had been given the nickname of El Toro which is Spanish for “the bull”.