Nobody seems to be talking about Alvarez and how badly he's busted this year. In perusing the Pirates forums there are a lot of concerned people who wonder if he is going to be a complete bust. This assessment doesn't help:
Bucs Dugout thread wrote:First in foremost, what everyone and their mother wants to hear about… Pedro. You guys can see the box score, 0-4 with three whiffs, a pop up to third and a walk. Ever since Pedro started struggling to begin his rehab I’ve always been one of optimist on this board saying he’s going to get it together and be up with the big club soon. After tonight, after seeing him in person, this is the first time the grim reality is starting to set in for me: Pedro Alvarez is nowhere close to ready to be in the majors. After seeing him live tonight from behind home plate, I saw a shadow of the man that I watched eat up big league pitching last September. He looked lost at the plate, his bat was slow, as reports had suggested he had gotten a little bigger and pitch selection was murky. His first two strike outs came on big time whiffs and he was caught looking on his last one with a pitch he should of swung at. I know it’s quick to say after one game, but this is one game live after reading a handful of unpromising box scores. To me, it simply affirmed everything I had been hearing. What became most depressing for me is that by the time he got to his final at bat, I was going to consider it win if he simply didn’t strike out. I would of taken a decently hit fly ball, but he was caught frozen.