The Orioles announced Wednesday that they have signed 24-year old Cuban outfielder Dariel Alvarez to a minor league contract. Alvarez will be assigned to Class-A Frederick after reporting to Sarasota this week.
Alvarez played for Camaguey in the Cuban League from 2007-11 and Tuxpan in Mexico in 2012. In five seasons with Camaguey, he batted .297 (341-1147) with 37 home runs and 180 RBI. In 2011, Alvarez set career-highs, batting .363/.404/.613 (125-344) with 20 home runs, 81 RBI, 22 doubles and 65 runs scored in his age 22 season. In 2012, he hit .317/.355/.464 in 192 plate appearances for Tuxpan.
The 6-foot, 2-inch, 180-pound right-handed hitting and throwing outfielder was born November 7, 1988 in Camaguey, Cuba and was raised in Minas, Cuba.