The Baltimore Orioles are hoping for better work out of the 2B in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Thursday 7 February 2013 at 1:56 pm

The Orioles hope that 35-year old switch-hitting Brian Roberts can help them out a little bit in 2013.  He only played in 17 games for the Orioles last year and he was 12 of 66 (.182 avg, .415 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 5 RBIs and 1 stolen base.   He played in 17 games (all starts) at 2B for the O’s last year and he had 1 error while showing off pretty good range.  Roberts has now played in 1,250 games in his first 12 years with the Orioles and he is 1,386 of 4,949 (.280 avg, .764 OPS) with 777 runs scored, 84 homers, 482 RBIs and 275 stolen bases.  The O’s claimed 28-year old switch-hitting 2B/SS Alexi Casilla off waivers from the Twins over the winter.  He played in 106 games for the Twins last year and he was 72 of 299 (.241 avg, .603 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 1 homer, 30 RBIs and 21 stolen bases.  Casilla played in 96 games (83 starts) at 2B for the Twins last year and he made 9 errors there while showing off out of this world range.  Casilla has now played in 515 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 395 of 1,580 (.250 avg, .639 OPS) with 210 runs scored, 11 homers, 147 RBIs and 71 stolen bases.  26-year old lefty swinging Ryan Flaherty was a Rule 5 Draft Pick of the Orioles two winters ago.  He played in 77 games for the Orioles last year and he was 33 of 153 (.216 avg, .617 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 6 homers, 19 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Flaherty was a hacker at the plate last year as he whiffed 43 times while only walking 6 times.  He played in 28 games (20 starts) at 2B for the Orioles last year and he made 1 error while showing off pretty good range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SECOND BASEMEN IN 2013:  D+

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