Pedro Alvarez has the bat to play in Orioles outfield, but what about the defense?

Just four games into his spring training season, Pedro Alvarez already has reminded the Orioles of his offensive potential. But no matter how many balls he hits into the stands in Florida, manager Buck Showalter is adamant — for now — that Alvarez must earn a spot on the club’s 25-man roster by proving he can play the outfield.

If Alvarez continues to hit as he has in his first few games, he will push that envelope. The Orioles are still built around the home run ball, and Alvarez fits that blueprint.

Making his second Grapefruit League start in right field in Monday’s 7-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park, Alvarez hit a solo homer to right field in his first at-bat off right-hander Kyle Kendrick and later added a long single off the right-field wall.

He’d already hit two homers, the others coming Saturday on the road against the New York Yankees and in Friday’s “B” game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Overall, he is 6-for-13 this spring.

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