Esposito, Kemp earn MiLB Gold Gloves
Swanson, Turner streak into Tennessee series
Vanderbilt well represented at highest level
Former Dore makes first All-Star team
Kemp named first team All-American
National and SEC Player of the Year Candidate
Coach Corbin Quote: I think he'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're talking about leadership.
2007: A first-team All-American by Baseball America, Rivals.com 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 Rivals.com ... 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'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.