ENOUGH! Maybe it’s mental, I don’t know. But the #2 overall pick from the 2008 draft is done. If you can’t rise to the occasion while playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates – a team for which there are no expectations – you can’t succeed anywhere.
If the Bucs can find a taker for Alvarez, I think it’s time.
After striking out in over 30% of all plate appearances in both 2010 and ’11, Alvarez is off to a 1-for-25 start this season with 13 strikeouts in 26 plate appearances. 50%!
When he connects, Alvarez can murder the ball. But these numbers are staggeringly awful.
On the positive side (if we must find one), Alvarez has consistently shown pretty decent range at the hot corner, routinely putting up a RF/9 rate better than the league averages.
On the down side, when he does field the ball, he’s likely to boot it or throw it away, with a fielding percentage that’s usually among the league’s worst.
And, honestly, once we start using a corner infielder’s fielding prowess as justification for keeping him on your roster, that’s a good sign that he just doesn’t belong.
As I write this, the Bucs are trailing ‘zona 1-0 in the top of the 6th. Alvarez struck out in his first plate appearances and later drew his first walk of the season…