Dariel Alvarez
Dariel Alvarez
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Baltimore Orioles
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Dariel Alvarez in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a minor-league contract with the Orioles in April of 2017.
Makes mound debut
PBaltimore Orioles  R
June 25, 2018
Alvarez (elbow) threw a scoreless inning in a rookie league game Monday, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports.
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Alvarez has been sidelined since undergoing Tommy John surgery last April, but he has recovered from his setback, and has been deemed ready for game action. Alvarez reached the majors in 2015 as an outfielder but did not stick, so he will now try to do the same as a pitcher.
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Alvarez was in the mix for an roster spot last year, but he began the season at Triple-A Norfolk after a poor spring training performance. At 27 years old, Alvarez saw his overall numbers decline from his previous season at Norfolk. Though his average and on-base percentage improved, he saw his strikeout rate increase and his power greatly decline. He hit four home runs and finished with an ISO of .095. For comparison, he hit 16 home runs with an ISO of .148 in 12 fewer at-bats in 2015. Alvarez will remain an option as a big league reserve outfielder in 2017 due to his plus defensive tools, but he's unlikely to make any sort of impact at the plate. With wRC+ marks of 109 and 101 in his past two Triple-A campaigns, Alvarez appears to be no more than your typical Quadruple-A player.
Alvarez had a solid campaign at Triple-A in his third year of professional ball since migrating to the USA from Cuba. An aggressive hitter, Alvarez walked at just a 3.0% clip with Norfolk last season, but covered the plate well and put the ball in play (11.6% K-rate). However, his strikeout rate ballooned to 25.8% during his cup of coffee in September while his slugging percentage fell nearly 50 points. The Orioles have their work cut out for them to figure out who will flank either side of Adam Jones to open the season, but it is not expected that Alvarez will figure into that mix. When evaluating Alvarez, keep in mind he will be 27 years old on Opening Day, so there is not much projection left. His best assets are his arm and his fielding tools, which makes him a good candidate for a fourth outfield role.
Alvarez signed with the Orioles in July of 2013, a year after leaving his native Cuba, and turned heads with his performance in his first full season in affiliated baseball. Assigned to Double-A Bowie to begin the year, Alvarez posted an .819 OPS, 14 homers and 9.2% strikeout rate in 91 games in the Eastern League, earning a promotion to Triple-A Norfolk in July. While Alvarez then managed just one homer in 44 games with Norfolk, he improved his walk rate after the promotion (to 4.4%) and the drop in ISO between levels wasn't as dramatic as one might expect (from .178 to .139), thanks to his 17 doubles and two triples with the Triple-A club. The 26-year-old still needs to work on taking walks, and his .347 BABIP with Norfolk suggests he may have overachieved a bit, but Alvarez appears to be a top in-house candidate to fill the starting job in right field this season. If he were to work into a regular role at some point, Alvarez would likely become a popular pickup in most formats, as he has the potential to contribute useful numbers across the board.
Alvarez defected from Cuba and signed with the Orioles in late July. He made a big splash in rookie ball and Low-A before stalling in nine games at Double-A. Alvarez will get compared to fellow Orioles prospect Henry Urrutia, and the belief as of now is that Urrutia is the better offensive talent. Alvarez's throwing arm is regarded as the best in the organization, so good that some teams, including the Orioles, considered converting him into a pitcher. Alvarez should start the season where he left off in Double-A, and the 25-year-old could advance quickly even though his ceiling is probably as a reserve outfielder.
Alvarez is a Cuban defector who played six years in the Serie Nacional and hit .363 in 2010-11. He's not seen as a great hitter, but can field all three outfield positions. He'll likely sign with a MLB club in 2013.
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Will throw off flat mound soon
PBaltimore Orioles  R
Elbow
January 10, 2018
Alvarez (elbow) said Wednesday that he expects to throw off a flat mound by the end of January, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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Successful surgery Tuesday
PBaltimore Orioles  R
Elbow
April 18, 2017
Alvarez (elbow) underwent successful Tommy John surgery Tuesday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.
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Joins Orioles on minors deal
PBaltimore Orioles  R
Elbow
April 11, 2017
Alvarez (elbow) agreed to a minor-league deal with the Orioles on Tuesday, Rich Dubroff of Press Box Online reports.
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Released by Baltimore
PFree Agent  R
Elbow
April 6, 2017
Alvarez (elbow) was released by the Orioles on Thursday.
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Tommy John surgery likely
PBaltimore Orioles  R
Elbow
April 5, 2017
Alvarez underwent an MRI due to elbow soreness and Tommy John surgery is expected, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.
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