Another 2-HR game for Alvarez

A model of inconsistency

Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Pirates (High-A Lynchburg)
Tuesday's stats: 2-for-4, 2 HR (14), 2 R, 6 RBIs
The second overall selection in last year's draft, Alvarez' .233 batting average is a profound disappointment this year, but every so often, he suddenly looks like the league's best hitter. Tuesday represented his second two-home-run game in the past five games, but in the three contests between the outbursts, he went 0-for-11. He's walked 35 times and more than half of his hits have gone for extra bases, and most believe that at some point the average is going to come around.


Jhoulys Chacin, RHP, Rockies (Double-A Tulsa)
Tuesday's stats: 7 1/3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 10 K

The best pitching prospect in the Colorado system, Chacin had his best outing of the year Tuesday, retiring the first 17 batters he faced while racking up a season-high strikeout total. He's not some kind of dominant force, but everything about his game, from the velocity to the quality of the breaking stuff to the command is above-average, and he could get an honest look at a big league-rotation job next season.

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