Orioles minor league report: Dariel Alvarez having interesting year at Triple-A

No.: 12
Position: Outfielder
Birthdate: Nov. 7, 1988
Height/weight: 6-2/180
Bats/throws: R/R
2015 stats (Orioles): 12 G, .241/.290/.379 slash line, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Skinny: The strong-armed Cuban defector reached the majors for the first time in 2015 but has plenty of competition to earn a role with the Orioles. Unless injury problems crop up, Alvarez will likely serve as a depth outfielder at Triple-A in 2016.

Triple-A Norfolk

Outfielder Dariel Alvarez is putting together another interesting season for the Tides, entering the weekend batting .291/.318/.380 with just one home run, but had 16 doubles in 53 games. The lack of early power is curious, considering 13 of his 16 home runs came before the All-Star break in 2015, and 14 of 15 came before the break in 2014. His only home run came on May 16.


Double-A Bowie

Making his second start for the Baysox after being acquired from the Atlanta Braves for left-hander Brian Matusz and the 76th pick in next week's draft, right-hander Brandon Barker allowed four runs on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts Friday against Akron. He has gone 11 innings over his two starts in the organization, posting a 5.73 ERA with six strikeouts and five walks.


High-A Frederick

Left-hander Jeff Beliveau, who the Orioles signed to a minor league deal as he recovered from labrum surgery, posted a second consecutive outing without allowing a run Thursday for the Keys. The former major leaguer allowed two hits and issued two walks, but struck out two. He lowered his ERA to 3.38, and didn't allow a run in four of his first seven appearances with Frederick.

Low-A Delmarva

Catcher Alex Murphy (Calvert Hall) entered the weekend in the middle of a skid for the Shorebirds, batting 7-for-36 (.194) over his 10 games before Friday to lower his average from .287 to .268. However, he has four of his team-leading seven home runs in that span. Murphy's seven home runs entering Friday placed him in a tie for eighth in the South Atlantic League, and his .790 OPS is second on the team behind catcher Yermin Mercedes.