The Baltimore Orioles had a solid year in 2016. They tied for second place in the A.L. East with a 89-73 record (54.9%) with the Toronto Blue Jays. They finished 4 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the A.L. East. Then won a spot in the Wild Card Game and they lost 5-2 in Toronto against the Blue Jays. Here is a look at the guys that made the biggest impacts for the Orioles in 2016:
TEAM MVP: Manny Machado, 3B – 24-year old righty swinging Manny Machado was the best overall player for the Orioles in 2016. He was an All-Star for the Orioles in 2016, as he played in 157 games in which he was 188 of 640 (.294 avg, .876 OPS) with 105 runs scored, 37 homers and 96 RBI. He has now played in 608 games in his first five years with the Orioles and he is 699 of 2,458 (.284 avg, .811 OPS) with 357 runs scored, 105 homers, 311 RBI and 30 stolen bases. Machado has been an All-Star three times in his first five years in the show and he has won 2 Gold Glove Awards (2016 Awards have not been announced yet) so far.
BEST PITCHER: Zach Britton, closer – 28-year old lefty Zach Britton turned in one of the best years in Major League history in 2016 for the relief pitcher! He worked in 69 games (0 starts) for the Orioles in 2016 and he was 2-1 with an American League leading 47 saves, a 0.54 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP. Britton gave up only 38 hits and 18 walks while whiffing 74 batters in 67 innings for the Orioles last year. Britton was an All-Star in 2016 for the second year in his career with the Orioles. Britton has now pitched in 252 games (46 starts) in his first six years with the Orioles and he is 27-21 with 120 saves, a 3.24 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.
BIGGEST SURPRISE: Mark Trumbo, OF/DH/1B – The Orioles knew that Mark Trumbo had 30-homer power when they dealt for him last winter, but the year he had was amazing! Trumbo played in 159 games for the Orioles last year and he was 157 of 613 (.256 avg, .850 OPS) with 94 runs scored, a Major League leading 47 homers, 108 RBI and 2 stolen bases. He did whiff 170 times against 51 walks, but no one was worried about that last year. Trumbo was an All-Star in 2016 for the Orioles for the second time in his career. Trumbo has now played in 849 games in his first 7 years in the show and he is 796 of 3,167 (.251 avg, .776 OPS) with 411 runs scored, 178 homers, 517 RBI and 22 stolen bases.
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: Yovani Gallardo, righty starting pitcher – The Baltimore Orioles signed 30-year old righty starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo over the winter, then they redid the deal to shorten it from 4 years to a 2-year, $22 million dollar deal after seeing medical records on his right shoulder. They should have just let him go and passed on him, as his velocity was way down in 2016. Gallardo pitched in 23 games (all starts) for the Orioles in 2016 and he was 6-8 with a 5.42 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP. He gave up 126 hits (16 homers) and 61 walks while whiffing 85 batters in 118 innings last year, as he was wild and he got hit really hard. Gallardo has now pitched in 270 games (267 starts) in his first 10 years in the show and he is 108-83 with a 3.79 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. He has won 12 or more games six times in his career and he was a National League All-Star in 2010 for the Milwaukee Brewers.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Hyun Soo Kim, outfielder – The Baltimore Orioles signed 28-year old lefty swinging outfielder to a 2-year, $7 million dollar deal over the winter. He was so awful in spring training that the Orioles tried to send him to AAA, but he had a clause in his contract saying that he could reject any option to the minors. He refused to go to the minors and never stopped hitting in 2016! Kim played in 95 games for the Orioles in 2016 and he was 92 of 305 (.302 avg, .801 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 6 homers, 22 RBI and 1 stolen base. He also walked 36 times last year, as he posted a very impressive .382 OBP in 2016!