General manager Mike Elias has become an Alberto fan.
“I did not expect him to compete for the batting title, but it’s been unbelievable,” Elias said on Saturday.
“I think he’s been a real bright spot for us, and he’s exactly what I’ve been talking about. You make some waiver claims. You give some guys some playing time, and you never know what’s going to happen. He’s somebody that if you look at his minor league and winter league record, he has a kind of a knack for winning the batting title everywhere he goes.
“He does it with a lot of singles without striking out a lot and just a lot of good contact. I just think he’s somebody that’s able to put the barrel on the baseball.
“I don’t know what it is with the left-handed pitching, but that’s really impressive and the energy level that he’s brought to the team has been palpable. Very excited that we have him. We’re going to keep moving him around defensively and working with him on his defense, but he’s another young guy, 25 years-old, that has done about as much as anybody with the opportunity he’s been given here in Baltimore.”
Elias was happy to get Alberto back.
“You saw he got waived a few times this offseason,” he said. “The reason that teams do that is they’re trying to get a guy through waivers, so there was a period of time where he appeared to be somebody that … might be able to pass through waivers. We tried it. It didn’t work.
“I kicked myself very hard when that happened, and as soon as he went back on waivers again, we felt that we had lucked out and grabbed him right away. It’s a risk you take when you’re trying to game the waiver system in the offseason.”