The departure of long-time Baltimore Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis in free agency left some holes to fill. One of those is at the top of the order as the leadoff hitter, but the O's appear to have an easy replacement for that in outfielder Alejandro De Aza.
If De Aza were not to be the leadoff man this season, which we have no reason to believe is the case, who would be the next option for the O's?
Before we answer that, let us first state that it appears that De Aza is the favorite to leadoff for the Orioles in 2015, and rightfully so. Over the course of his career, De Aza has hit in every spot in the lineup in the big leagues, but without question, the leadoff spot is where he has the most experience.
1,358 of De Aza's 2,176 career plate appearances have come from the top of the order. The top spot has been pretty good for De Aza, which bodes well for the Orioles.
Over his career, De Aza has hit .271 with 26 home runs, 64 doubles, 11 triples, 117 RBI, 48 stolen bases, scored 174 runs and boasts a .334 on base percentage when hitting in the leadoff spot.Read more... Join the Conversation...