The Pittsburgh Pirates have to figure out how they are going to score enough runs to repeat their playoff run from 2013. With no upgrades this off-season, specifically at first base, the Pirates will look internally to find that offense.
A big part of that equation will be a repeat of the elite power Pedro Alvarez showed last season: 36 home runs and 100 RBI. They would also love to see him raise his batting average (.233) and on-base percentage (.296), but the focus will be on his power, something that was on display Wednesday:
Alvarez is not a finished product, but proven big league power is hard to come by. The Pirates will take their chances hoping that Alvarez’s offensive game becomes more well-rounded.