Daily Video Rundown: Andres Alvarez, Tucupita Marcano, Liover Peguero

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Andres Alvarez

It’s another day, another highlight for Andres Alvarez. His career high for home runs hit in a season professional was six entering 2022. Alvarez just hit his seventh of the season on Saturday, and we are still in the month of May.

If you had Alvarez leading this Altoona Curve team this late into the season, you should probably pick up some lottery tickets.

Drafted in the 22nd round back in 2019 out of Washington State, Alvarez has recorded 21 hits in 22 games played. He isn’t just hitting for power, as he’s drawing walks as well. His OBP is sitting just under .400 right now (.398).

Tucupita Marcano

It wasn’t really a bad month of April for Tucupita Marcano, but it wasn’t certainly ideal for someone who spent time in the majors and Triple-A for the majority of 2021.

Marcano slashed .237/.375/.316 in April, recording just one extra-base hit. In May we’ve seen a completely different player. With a little more than a week left in the month, Marcano’s slash is looking a far better .289/.377/.556.

After hitting his second home run of the season against Richmond on Saturday, Marcano has pushed his extra-base total for the month up to eight.

Liover Peguero

It seems that Liover Peguero has taken up permanent residence in this feature, but it’s not as if it’s not justified. Not only did he steal his ninth base of the season, he also drove in his 25th of 2022.

The 21-year-old shortstop has put together a very impressive slash of .321/.347/.529 in 34 games this year in Double-A.

Luis Ortiz

Luis Ortiz has some of the filthiest stuff in the system right now, capable of reaching 99 mph with his fastball and put away hitters with the slider. He’s still working on some things, and is doing so in Double-A after getting a late start to his career and spending last year with Bradenton.

The righty pitched six innings, an achievement on it’s own for how cautious it seemed they have been with their pitchers at this level. The rest of the line wasn’t ideal, allowing four runs, five hits, and a walk while striking out five.

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jimmyz

Marcano with an oppo taco!

redwards60

Peguero appears to be the real deal, at least at the plate…he needs moved up to AAA soon. Alvarez has been a very pleasant surprise. He has actually outperformed Gonzalez.

redwards60

When will all these pitchers with supposed great stuff start pitching like it? Results are all that matters. Ortiz is up and down and overall his performance this year has been okay, not great. Then there are guys like Thomas, Yean, Jones who have been major disappointments yet again. Other than Burrows has there been a starting pitcher in the system who has been consistently good?

jimmyz

Kyle Nicolas

jon6er

Liover could have had two infield singles this week if they had challenges in the minors but they’re trying to speed up the game not slow it down, lol.

skliesen

Just want everyone to know I had Alvarez and Gonzalez as my picks for Pirates breakout prospects this year. And on a side note, I picked Rich Strike to win the Derby, too.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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