Cuban defector Dariel Alvarez heating up for the Tides

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The Norfolk Tides defeated the Gwinnett Braves 4-3 on Thursday afternoon at Harbor Park, splitting a four-game series with the Atlanta Braves top farm team.

One of the bright spots on the Tides this season, 26-year-old Cuban defector Dariel Alvarez. He hit two home runs during the four-game series with the Braves, and after a productive spring, manager Ron Johnson has high hopes for Alvarez.

“He’s exciting,” Johnson said. “He can do some damage with his bat, he can be a game-changer with his arm strength….if you start grading guys out tool-wise, he’s got a lot of them, so we look for good things from him.”

The Tides begin a weekend series with Charlotte on Friday at Harbor Park.

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