Pirates fans have plenty of reason to look at their franchise and feel a sense of doom. It’s bound to happen when the team hasn’t had a winning season in seventeen years and call for its contraction on an almost monthly basis.
There is, however, some good stuff mixed in with the crap. Andrew McCutchen is going to be a perennial All-Star (assuming they don’t trade him). First round draft pick Tony Sanchez saw action with the team’s short-season, High-A and Low-A affiliates, finishing with a combined .949 OPS; I’ll bet he’s in the majors by the end of next season (assuming they don’t trade him). Neil Walker might finally be ready to make good on his prospect status (assuming they don–you get the point).
Oh, and Pedro Alvarez is announcing his presence with authority.
Alvarez hit .288 with 27 homeruns and 95 RBI in the Carolina and Eastern Leagues this season, earning a spot on the United States World Cup team. On Thursday, he showed why Pirates fans have reason to be optimistic:
Alvarez hit three of Team USA’s six home runs, as the Americans won their sixth straight game, beating Taiwan 14-3 in Torino, Italy. Team USA put up seven runs in the first inning, with Alvarez blasting a three-run homer as part of the rally.
Three at-bats, three homeruns, six RBI – all to different fields, all in the first four innings (he grounded out to first in his last at-bat). That’s quite a day.