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Baltimore Orioles MLB News - Orioles Baseball Blog » The Baltimore Orioles hope that Nick Markakis can stay healthy in 2013

The Baltimore Orioles hope that Nick Markakis can stay healthy in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Wednesday 27 February 2013 at 3:02 pm

The Baltimore Orioles hope that 29-year old lefty swinging RF Nick Markakis can stay healthy in 2013.  He played in 104 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 125 of 420 (.298 avg, .834 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 13 homers, 54 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He played in 102 games (all starts) in RF for the Orioles last year and he had 3 assists and 2 errors there while showing slightly below average range.  Markakis has now played in 1,050 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 1,198 for 4,055 (.295 avg, .819 OPS) with 579 runs scored, 117 homers, 549 RBIs and 56 stolen bases.  36-year old righty swinging Lew Ford and 29-year old righty swinging Steve Pearce will try to win backup jobs for the Orioles this spring.  Ford played in 25 games for the Orioles last year and he was 13 of 71 (.183 avg, .609 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 3 homers, 4 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Ford has now played in 519 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 425 of 1,585 (.268 avg, .744 OPS) with 235 runs scored, 35 homers, 176 RBIs and 48 stolen bases.  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) in RF last year and he had 1 assist and 0 errors there while showing poor range.  He has now played in 246 games in his first 6 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.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE RIGHT FIELDERS IN 2013:  B

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