Insider Only Pedro Alvarez simplifying approach, eliminates toe tap

Third baseman Pedro Alvarez (.167 avg – 2 HR – 3 RBI) went 2-for-5 with two singles, two strikeouts and a goundout in the Pirates 11-6 loss to the Twins on Thursday afternoon. Alvarez batting .167 (7-for-42) in spring training with just two extra base hits, 1 walk and a team-high 20 strikeouts, has decided to simplify his approach at the plate, eliminating the toe tap from his swing. Alvarez will now lift his front foot an inch or two, then quickly plant it as the pitcher delivers. “We talked about it after his last game.” Hurdle said via the Tribune-Review. “I’m of the mindset, and I think he is too, that we’ve got to find a way to simplify some things. We’ve got him wide, just pick it up and put it down.”

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