2B,3B - KC - NRI
Former Baltimore Orioles infielder Hanser Alberto signs a minor league deal with the Kansas City Royals.
In 2020, Hanser Alberto hit three home runs, 35 runs, 22 RBI, and three steals with a .283 batting average. Alberto hardly walks with a career 2.6% walk rate, but also hardly strikes out with a career 12.1% strikeout rate. He should make the big league roster and provide some infield depth for the Royals. Alberto's best attribute - a healthy batting average. However, he needs consistent playing time until we consider him for fantasy purposes.
Hanser Alberto was non-tendered by the Orioles on Wednesday and will become a free agent.
Alberto got off to a hot start in 2020 but started to fade midway through the season. He finished with a .283/.306/.393 batting line to go along with three home runs and 22 RBI across 209 at-bats. The Orioles figured he wasn't worth negotiating with in arbitration and the 28-year old will become a free agent.
Hanser Alberto hit leadoff against lefty Martin Perez and went 2-for-4 with a single and a double, driving in three runs. He also got hit by a pitch, stole a base, and scored a run in the 13-1 victory over the Red Sox.
Alberto finally broke out of his slump, as he was hitting just .261/.283/.313 over the last month. If you need a batting average boost in this final weekend, scoop Alberto up off the waiver wire if he's still there.
Hanser Alberto hit leadoff on Sunday against the Rays, going 2-for-4 with two singles and a run scored. The Orioles won, 2-1.
Alberto has truly been an empty average this season, as his .286 average is supplemented by just three homers and 17 RBI. His 32 runs are nice, but he's unlikely to bat leadoff as much as he did in 2021 as the Orioles start piecing together a better lineup.
Hanser Alberto went 1-for-4 in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Rays, hitting a solo homer. The Orioles lost, 10-6.
Alberto surprisingly did damage against a righty, so hopefully this is a sign of things to come. While the .287 average is nice, the .712 OPS and lack of steals leaves a lot to be desired, even as a backup middle infielder. All in all, he's been ten percent worse than league average with the bat this year.