Cuban outfielder Dariel Alvarez joins Keys

While the Keys lost their fifth game in a row last night at Potomac, the team got a boost from an intriguing newcomer.

The Orioles’ latest import from Cuba, 24-year-old outfielder Dariel Alvarez, made his Carolina League debut in Potomac last night, slapping a single through the middle in his first at-bat and finishing 2-for-5 with an RBI in Frederick’s 5-4 loss.

Alvarez was signed by the Orioles in July, several months after Baltimore signed fellow Cuban Henry Urrutia, who demolished Double-A and Triple-A pitching before being called up to Baltimore just days prior to Alvarez’s signing.

Here’s the Orioles release on his signing. From the release:

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.

Alvarez is listed a 6-2, 180 pounds and was promoted from the Gulf Coast League before last night’s game. Alvarez went 4-for-9 with two doubles, a triple and a home run in three games with the GCL O’s.

*Tonight, the Keys hope to avoid their second consecutive series sweep. Knuckleballer Zach Clark starts for the Keys. More in tonight’s game notes:

*Today is Cowboy Monkey Rodeo Eve. Photos from last year’s Cowboy Monkey Night  are here and buy your tickets for tomorrow’s 6 p.m. game here.

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