When should Alvarez return?
There have been a lot of calls for Pedro Alvarez to get the call to the majors. Some of those calls have been because he's been hot lately, mostly fueled by a 9-for-12 stretch in three games early in the week. Another reason for the calls is due to the lack of a strong third base option in the majors, with Chase d'Arnaud hitting for a .215/.240/.280 line in 93 at-bats, and Brandon Wood not doing much better, with a .209/.275/.344 line in 163 at-bats.
The Pirates need Pedro Alvarez. There's no debating that. But they need the Pedro Alvarez that we saw glimpses of last year, when he put up a .280/.348/.493 line in 207 at-bats in August and September, along with nine homers. Is that what they can expect from Alvarez now, based on his AAA numbers?
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