The Orioles are very deep at 3B for the 2009 season. 37-year old righty swinging Melvin Mora will be the starter again in 2009. He played in 135 games for the Orioles last season and he was 146 for 513 (.285 avg, .825 OPS) with 77 runs scored, 23 homers, 104 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Mora also improved on defense last season as he made 14 errors in 124 games at 3B for the Orioles last season while showing good range. Look for him to have another good season in 2009 for the Orioles.
31-year old righty swinging Ty Wigginton would be Mora’s replacement if he gets injured or traded. He played in 111 games for the Astros last season in which he was 110 for 386 (.285 avg, .876 OPS) with 50 runs scored, 23 homers, 58 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Wigginton made 6 errors in 82 games at 3B for the Astros last season while showing slightly below average range.
Chris Gomez can also handle 3B in a pinch. He played 20 games there last season for the Pirates and he only made 1 error but showed pretty poor range.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: B