While the O’s infield will take on a whole new look this summer, familiar faces will dot the outfield in Baltimore. This group is a good mix of veterans and developing youngsters.
Luke Scott is moving to a full-time outfield position for the first time since 2008. Scott can pound the baseball but many believe he will struggle defensively in LF, despite the fact he posted positive defensive metrics as a full-time outfielder in ’07 and ’08.
Adam Jones is straight out of the Mike Cameron body-type and it looks like he is becoming a similar player. They both have good speed and power, but whiff too much and struggle to get on base.
The consistent Nick Markakis returns to right field, where he looks to improve on a down 2010 season. Nick’s counting stats were down significantly, which I’m guessing was more due to the poor O’s offense than his own regression. I’m calling career year in 2011.
Pie won a roster spot as the fourth outfielder, mostly because of his lack of minor league options than his bat. Pie will never be much of a hitter, but he plays plus outfield with an excellent arm.
Jake Fox has been mentioned in all my posts I think. We’ll see if he’s in my pitching preview as well. Fox could see some time in RF or LF as he continues to make himself into the ultimate utility slugger this spring.
Reimold has been optioned to AAA to begin the season, despite his excellent spring line of .315 / .448 / .537. Reimold still had minor league options remaining and that was about the extent of it. His defense is average at best, but he could prove to have plus major league power.
Vladimir Guerrero DH / RF
After weeks of speculation, Guerrero was finally brought in to take over as the full-time DH. Vlad put together an impressive bounce-back season in 2010, raking 29 home runs and driving in 115 with Texas. Hopefully, for the Orioles, that wasn’t his last great season.
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Written by Sven Jenkins
My name is Sven Jenkins, and I’m an independent baseball analyst from Poughkeepsie, NY. I own 60ft6in.com and do freelance work for STATS Inc. In the past, I've done research for the St. Louis Cardinals and worked one season with Baseball Info Solutions in 2007. I have also spent many nights as an official scorer in the minor leagues and played NCAA D-III baseball at SUNY New Paltz. In the off-season I travel the world, having enjoyed over 1,100 days on the road through 40 different countries. You can email me at: jenkins AT 60ft6in DOT com.