26-year old lefty swinging Chris Davis is likely going to be the Orioles’ full-time 1B in 2013. Davis played in 139 games for the Orioles last year and he was 139 of 515 (.270 avg, .827 OPS) with 75 runs scored, 33 homers, 85 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Davis played in 38 games (all starts) for the Orioles at 1B last year and he made 4 errors. Davis does not have much range, but if he hits well again in 2013, the Orioles will be o.k. with his defensive shortcomings. Davis has now played in 436 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 392 of 1,520 (.258 avg, .775 OPS) with 206 runs scored, 77 homers, 222 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. Davis has big time power but he whiffs a lot. The Orioles will live with the whiffs as long as Davis hits 25-35 homers in 2013 and he’s more than capable of doing that. 29-year old righty swinging Steve Pearce, 29-year old lefty swinging Travis Ishikawa and 30-year old righty swinging Conor Jackson will duke it out in spring training for a bench job behind Davis. Pearce played in 40 games for the Astros, Orioles and Yankees last year in which he was 22 of 96 (.229 avg, .711 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 4 homers and 18 RBIs. He played in 19 games (14 starts) last year at 1B and he made 1 error. Pearce can also play outfield corner spots defensively. Pearce has now played in 246 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 146 of 624 (.234 avg, .677 OPS) with 66 runs scored, 13 homers, 78 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Ishikawa played in 94 games for the Brewers last year and he was 39 of 152 (.257 avg, .757 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 4 homers and 30 RBIs. He played in 43 games (27 starts) at 1B for the Brewers last year and he only made 2 errors. He is a good defensive 1B. Ishikawa has now played in 375 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 199 of 755 (.264 avg, .733 OPS) with 99 runs scored, 19 homers, 110 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Jackson played in 88 games in AAA-ball for the White Sox last year and he was 88 of 318 (.277 avg, .797 OPS) with 44 runs scored, 9 homers, 41 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Jackson last played in the majors back in 2011 with the A’s and the Red Sox. He has played in 658 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 591 of 2,184 (.271 avg, .757 OPS) with 291 runs scored, 52 homers, 295 RBIs and 27 stolen bases.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE FIRST BASEMEN IN 2013: B