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The most controversial player on the Pirates is easily Pedro Alvarez. Fans either doubt his abilities and view him as a potential bust, or they believe in his immense power.
So far this year, Alvarez has seemingly proven both the doubters and the believers right. He has struggled to even collect one hit for weeks at a time, and then suddenly, he will erupt for a monster week, or as we saw this past weekend in Cleveland, four homers in two days.
Whether you believe or doubt Alvarez, this team needs him to perform. So far, when he has, this team has been winning games. He leads the team with 12 homers and is second with 34 RBI.
As Alvarez matures, he will become more consistent at the plate and his batting average will climb and stay at a higher level instead of undergoing massive fluctuations. Until then, Alvarez, while inconsistent, still provides the biggest power bat on the team, one that the team could not get by without.