The Pittsburgh Pirates have waited patiently for nearly two years for third baseman Pedro Alvarez to showcase all the tools that made him the second overall pick of the 2008 draft.
Their patience might finally be paying off. Following a horrific start, Alvarez's bat is showing signs of life. He hit homers in both games of a doubleheader split with Colorado on Wednesday to raise his batting average from an anemic .108 to .156.
Alvarez's four homers this season lead the team, and all but one of his seven hits have knocked in a run. Perhaps just as impressive is the way he's attacking left-handed pitchers.
Alvarez doubled off Colorado lefty Rex Brothers in the second game on Thursday and manager Clint Hurdle says Alvarez is slowly gaining confidence.
The Pirates open a three-game series in Atlanta on Friday.