Dariel Alvarez starting pitching program in minor league camp. As reliever. Will get in games later in spring #orioles
— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) March 8, 2017
#orioles are converting OF Dariel Alvarez to pitching. He’ll relieve and Showalter expects him to start the season with a minor league club.
— Rich DubroffMLB (@RichDubroffMLB) March 8, 2017
This was talked about earlier in the offseason, and the rumors are now true. Dariel Alvarez will put that + + arm he has to use from the rubber.
From the organization’s standpoint, this makes sense. Alvarez failed to become the Orioles’ everyday right fielder as many thought he would be, saw a huge drop in his power production, and he wound up in that AAA no man’s land that just left Christian Walker DFA’d. There’s no room on the big league roster, and there’s essentially no trade value. And at age 28, Alvarez had probably already peaked talent wise. So why not see what he can do as a relief pitcher? Not sure if you’ve heard (sarcasm), but Mychal Givens is a converted shortstop, and he’s worked out quite well.
This is an interesting move for the O’s, and one to definitely keep an eye on.