Alvarez is on a figurative high speed train heading right toward Indianapolis.
A little less than a week ago, I gave an update and analysis on El Toro's spring training here. At the time, Alvarez was 3 for 16 with two home runs and five strikeouts.
Alvarez has been awful since then. Seriously. Awful.
Since my update, Alvarez has gone 1 for 7. He has struck out five times. Yeah, he struck out five times in his first 16 at bats this spring. That wasn't good. Now he has struck out five times in his last 7 times at the plate? What!?!?!?!
Here is a video of Alvarez to remind you that he actually used to be a dangerous hitter. But was that guy in the background on to something???
Dejan Kovacevic tweeted on Saturday that the Pirates had said this performance was "Not representative of [Alvarez's] whole spring."
Sure, that could be true. Pedro Alvarez could have 10 hits in the next week and blast three homeruns without striking out. He could draw two walks and hit a triple while playing gold glove defense. Or the more likely situation could occur...this depressing output from Alvarez will continue.
Here are a couple other Dejan Kovacevic tweets from Saturday relating to Alvarez. No, these are not meant to be inspirational.
"Alvarez: Swing and miss, swing and miss, swing and miss. That's six of those in a row."
"Alvarez's hat trick is complete. Another swinging K. There was at least a foul back to the screen in there."
Is this what it has come to? We are celebrating, or at least noting when Alvarez fouls a ball back to the screen!?!?!?
Now, it is important to realize that I am reading very heavily into these spring training statistics. Statistics which probably aren't a perfect way to predict future performance. Unfortunately, these underwhelming statistics are the only means by which I can speculate at the moment, and this blog is all about speculation until the actual season starts.
I think Alvarez is due for a turn around season, but he is trying very hard to ground my expectations, and he is succeeding.