The wait could be over for one of the Baltimore Orioles top prospects as Roch Kubatko reported this morning that outfielder Dariel Alvarez is expected to join the ball club in the immediate future.
The Orioles will have to make a corresponding roster move to add the Cuban to the 25-man roster if they plan to add him before rosters expand on Sept. 1. Kubatko explained the move that the move will happen, but he has no idea whose spot he will be taking.
"“I don’t know whether a reliever is being optioned from the eight-man bullpen or if there’s an undisclosed injury. I don’t know whether Alvarez is being added today or placed on the taxi squad. But he’s apparently joining the Orioles.”"
David Hall, lead reporter for the Norfolk Tides, said that Alvarez will meet the team in Texas for the Orioles next series against the Rangers.
Many have been calling Alvarez to join the O’s since he has shown that he has power and the Orioles have been liking just that from their corner outfielders. He won the Triple-A All-Star Game Home Run Derby in Omaha, Neb. this year, and has 16 home runs on the season. Alvarez is batting .275/.305/.424 with 24 doubles, two triples and 72 RBIs in 130 games with Norfolk.
Buck Showalter has tried just about every option available to him in the outfield in the hopes to find someone who would stick. Adam Jones is firmly entrenched in center field, but every day there is a new guy next to him.
The Orioles brought in Gerardo Parra from the Milwaukee Brewers before the MLB Trade Deadline in exchange for pitching prospect Zachary Davies. He has solidified the right field position since his arrival, batting .262 with five home runs and 10 RBI in the 24 games played with Baltimore.
Finding someone to play in left field has been a disaster as the Orioles have cycled through just about the entire organization hoping that one person could stick. Here is a list of all the players to play the outfield for the Orioles this season:
Is Alvarez the answer? We are about to find out. His on base percentage worries me because he’s more of a free swinger at this point in his career. He has 63 strikeouts in Triple-A this season and just 16 walks.
Oriole fans have been asking for this move to happen for some time now and they will finally get their wish. Let’s hope that Dariel Alvarez is the answer to the Orioles hole in left field.
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