The Baltimore Orioles might be platooning in LF in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Wednesday 27 February 2013 at 2:40 pm

31-year old lefty swinging Nate McLouth and 29-year old righty swinging Nolan Reimold could wind up platooning in LF for the Orioles in 2013.  McLouth played in 89 games for the Orioles and Pirates last year and he was 64 of 266 (.241 avg, .694 OPS) with 39 runs scored, 7 homers, 20 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.  He played in 64 games (55 starts) in LF last year and he had 1 assist and 1 error there while showing poor range.  McLouth has now played in 820 games in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 642 of 2,587 (.248 avg, .756 OPS) with 435 runs scored, 88 homers, 290 RBIs and 99 stolen bases.  Reimold was off to an outstanding start for the Orioles before a serious injury cut his season short in 2012.  He played in 16 games for the Orioles last year and he was 21 of 67 (.313 avg, .960 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 5 homers, 10 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He played in 15 games (14 starts) in LF last year for the Orioles and he had 0 assists and 3 errors there while showing slightly above average range.  Reimold has now played in 246 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 211 of 808 (.261 avg, .794 OPS) with 108 runs scored, 36 homers, 114 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.  22-year old righty swinging L.J. Hoes will be trying to win a backup job this spring for the O’s.  He played in 2 games in his first taste of the majors for the Orioles last year and he was 0 for 1.  He also played in 133 games in AA+AAA-ball last year in which he was 147 of 513 (.287 avg, .759 OPS) with 79 runs scored, 5 homers, 54 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.  25-year old switch-hitting Trayvon Robinson could also get some P.T. in LF at some point in 2013 for the Orioles.  He played in 46 games for the Mariners last year and he was 32 of 145 (.221 avg, .618 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 3 homers, 12 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  He played in 46 games (39 starts) in LF last year and he had 0 assists and 2 errors there while showing out of this world range.  Robinson has now played in 90 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 62 of 288 (.215 avg, .602 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 5 homers, 26 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  Robinson is a hacker at the plate though as he has whiffed 104 times while only walking 22 times so far in his career.  30-year old lefty swinging Chris Dickerson will also get a shot to win a backup job for the O’s this spring.  He played in 25 games for the Yankees last year and he was 4 for 14 (.286 avg, 1.126 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 2 homers, 5 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Dickerson played in 18 games (1 start) in LF last year and he had 0 assists and 0 errors while showing terrible range there.  Dickerson has now played in 258 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 138 of 518 (.266 avg, .760 OPS) with 76 runs scored, 11 homers, 47 RBIs and 27 stolen bases.  23-year old Xavier Avery, 36-year old Lew Ford and 29-year old Steve Pearce could also get some P.T. at some point in 2013 for the Orioles in LF.  Avery played in 27 games (23 starts) in LF for the Orioles last year and he had 1 assist and 2 errors there while showing outstanding range.  Ford played in 13 games (9 starts) in LF last year and he had 2 assists and 0 errors there while showing outstanding range.  Pearce played in 23 games (16 starts) in LF last year and he had 1 assist and 0 errors there while showing good range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE LEFT FIELDERS IN 2013:  B-

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