OK, so Pedro Alvarez hit two more home runs tonight against the Brewers, his second straight night to go yard twice. After doing an interview with MLB Tonight on the MLB Network last night, he granted the network's request to do another interview to talk about his two round trippers and the sudden offensive explosion by an offense that has been otherwise anemic all season (Greg Amsinger considers Pedro's postgame interviews with MLB Tonight his good luck charm). After Amsinger and Harold Reynolds each ask him one question a piece, Reynolds follows his first question with another one. Here are his exact words: "Pedro, where's the power coming from? You were supposed to be a live drive guy, maybe you'll hit 10 homers. You're pounding the baseball."
Seriously? Does Harold Reynolds not keep up with prospects and their strengths and weaknesses? Pedro has always been touted as a guy w/ MAJOR power and a decent hitter for average w/ a high K rate. Now, maybe Harold was just talking about the rest of this season when he came up with the HR total, but 10 HRs? I laughed when he said that. Basically, he compared Pedro to Tabata or Walker. Or maybe he thought he was talking to Tabata or Walker b/c those are line drive hitters that may hit 10 HR this year. But Alvarez? 10? Haha...He'll have 10 by the end of the week at this pace. I just couldn't believe Reynolds said that to him. It was quite comical. But then again, it may also be a reflection of how much coverage -- or lack thereof -- the Pirates and their young players get. For a baseball "analyst" to be that clueless about one of the top prospects in baseball is a result of one of two things: 1) Never paying attention to him or covering him (which is very possible) or 2) Not being good at your job. Ya'll be the judges.