There have been many great hitters arrive Cuba to the MLB in the last couple years. Yasiel Puig, Yoenis Cespedes and Jose Abreu have all made their mark in the U.S. already and are All-Star caliber players.
Dariel Alvarez hasn’t made it to the big leagues yet, but Orioles are hoping he’ll be able have the same type of success as these other Cuban hitters.
The Orioles signed Alvarez out of Cuba in 2013 and he is now playing at Double-A Bowie.
He may not be as big as a name as Puig and the others, but his numbers in Cuba and in the minors show how good of a hitter he is.
Alvarez started at Single-A last season in the Orioles farm system and worked his way up to Double-A. He hit for a combined .342 average last season, with four homeruns and 10 RBI.
It was a good start for the Cuban native, but it was only a hint of how good he could be.
Alvarez has played this season in Bowie and so far has hit .325, with 11 homeruns and 51 RBI.
He has a total of 86 hits, which leads the Orioles’ minor league system.
It’s not all about the bat though with Alvarez, as he has a .988 fielding percentage and seven outfield assists.
Alvarez is off to a torrid start in the minors and could eventually get a call-up in September if the Orioles are in the playoff hunt.
He has the ability to become a starting outfielder for Baltimore, as Nelson Cruz won’t likely return to the team next season.
Alvarez may not reach the type of success as Puig, Cespedes and Abreu, but don’t be surprised if he turns out to become a solid outfielder for the Orioles in the future.