The Baltimore Orioles had a couple of obvious weaknesses in 2012, and perhaps the biggest and most consistent was left field. The O's have for the last three or so seasons have been waiting for Nolan Reimold to produce the way most scouts believe he can.
Reimold has shown spurts of being that everyday left fielder that Baltimore wants him to be, but he has had battles with injuries and severely inconsistent play. So the question arises, is he even worth waiting for?
I hear a lot of fans this off-season saying "we are going to have a healthy Nolan Reimold next year and that helps us out a lot." I am not so sure that is a good thing. Ok, so in the 16 games he played in this season, he was putting up good numbers with a .313 average, five homers and ten RBI, but let's be honest, Nolan has been a streaky player his entire career and I believe he just had a good 16 game stretch.
Let's take a look at his career thus far:
- In 2009 he came up and played 104 games and represented himself well, and really started the hype by hitting .279 with 15 homers and 45 RBI, but he missed the last few weeks of the season due to an Achilles injury.
- 2010 was an abysmal season for Reimold as he was severely inconsistent and bounced between AAA-Norfolk and Baltimore all season, but in 39 games with the O's he barely cracked the Mendoza line with a .207 average, with three homers and 14 RBI. His time in Norfolk that season was not much better, playing in 94 games while hitting .249 with 10 homers and 37 RBI. Those are not everyday left fielder numbers.
- Many thought 2011 would be a bounce back season for Reimold, believing he was still recovering from the surgery he had at the end of 2009, which was why his 2010 was so horrid. Not the case, Reimold had another terrible year bouncing back and forth between Norfolk and Baltimore. He played in 87 games for the Birds hitting .247 with 13 homers and 45 RBI. Do not get me wrong, his power numbers were not bad, but the last thing Baltimore needs is yet another guy hitting below .250 who strikes out a lot. In 39 games with Norfolk in 2011, Reimold hit .237 with six homers and 22 RBI, while striking out 43 times.
- He is a liability in the outfield defensively as he only has a career fielding percentage of .971 and last year he had three errors in just 29 chances.
Bottom line is that Reimold is a career .261 hitter with 36 homers, 114 RBI in 808 at bats and 174 strikeouts, that's almost a strike out every four at bats. In 2012 he played well offensively for 16 games before getting injured and eventually having neck surgery, and is expected to be 100% by the start of spring training, but I am here to tell you, do not get your hopes up Baltimore of an All-Star caliber left fielder in Nolan Reimold.
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