Pedro Alvarez, Your Typical Immigrant-Turned-Snobby-Prep-Schooler-Turned-Bust-Turned-Star Story
El Toro de Pittsburgh might be the most interesting ballplayer in the world.
This time around, Alvarez went second in the draft, to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2008. By the summer of 2010, he was called up from the minor leagues and started mashing home runs for the Pirates. "El Toro" was on his way to becoming a Three Rivers sensation. His first career home run was a close call, opposite-field shot to left field.