Alvarez not ready to help mixed leaguers

Updated: June 17, 2010, 12:31 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
A little more than a week ago, I blogged about Florida Marlins outfielder Michael Stanton when he was called up to the major leagues, and how I viewed the young slugger as compared to his more veteran peers. I was able to find 10 not-so-obvious outfielders who I like more than Stanton, and even I was a bit surprised at the 10 I liked less; all 10 were owned in more than 50 percent of ESPN standard (10-team) mixed leagues.

With Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez, who was called up to the big leagues Wednesday and batted sixth against the Chicago White Sox, I can't offer quite the same optimism. For one, I like Stanton more than Alvarez, for this season and beyond, but of the 26 third base-eligible players owned in more than 50 percent of ESPN's standard leagues I couldn't find any I liked less than Alvarez for the duration of the 2010 season. Not Alberto Callaspo, not Jose Lopez and not Aramis Ramirez.