By Contributing Writer: Chuck Boemmel Jr.
Norfolk Tides (Class-AAA) outfielder Pedro Alvarez could very well be at the crossroads of his Baltimore Orioles career this morning.
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When Alvarez was signed to a minor league deal in late March it was reported by MASN’s Roch Kubatko that he received a May opt out. With today being the last day of May we may very well have clarity as it relates to that opt out.
Alvarez’s 2017 season has been a mixed bag.
Currently slashing ,219/ .293/ .443 he has hit 11 home runs in 201 at bats with 36 RBI. When looking at these numbers keep in mind that Harbor Park is cavernous.
In addition, he is currently red-hot at the plate, hitting .349 with six home runs, 14 RBI and 10 runs scored over his last 10 games.
Alvarez is learning to play the outfield in Norfolk in the hopes of being an option for the Orioles. His play in right field has been respectable; sporting a .968 fielding percentage, Alvarez has made two errors in 63 chances and has been credited with three outfield assists.
The problem is the convoluted outfield situation in Baltimore. As fans are aware, the Orioles list four outfielders on the roster, one of which has hardly played, and their two designated hitters spend time in the outfield as well. The question becomes, is there a realistic chance for Alvarez in the Baltimore outfield? I personally don’t see that he has. As an aside, his current stats are in line with those of Chris Davis (.223/ .324/ .446 with 10 HR).
If Alvarez does indeed have the May opt out and he exercises it, I wish him well. Hopefully he can sign on with a team that can use a hitter with his track record since there seems to be no spot for him in Baltimore. He has done all the Orioles have asked of him but faces an unfavorable numbers game.