Reimold Rounds Out a Great O’s Outfield

May 14, 2009 at 6:33 pm 2 comments

(Joy R. Absalon/

Well, it’s about time. The Orioles called up outfield prospect Nolan Reimold today. They gave Felix Pie a try and he just has not hit. They gave Lou Montanez another look. Bleh. Now, it’s time for Reimold to show Orioles brass that he belongs in the bigs and can give the Orioles one of the best outfields in the majors.

Reimold is a potential .285/.365/.475 guy that can play at least average in left field and offer 5-10 stolen bases per season. He has a good swing that should allow him to hit 30+ doubles and 20+ homers annually with the ability to go above those numbers in his peak years.

In Triple-A this year, Reimold hit .394/.485/.743 with a .530 wOBA and 11 doubles, 9 homers, 6 steals, 27 RBI, 21 runs, and a 18/25 BB/K rate in 109 at-bats. The Orioles called him up today because Adam Jones and Luke Scott are day-to-day and Pie is apparently allergic to getting on base, so he is going to have to hit to continue to get at-bats.

If Reimold is what I believe he is, and you add him to Adam Jones, Nick Markakis (the best player no one talks about), and Felix Pie as the fourth outfielder, then I have no doubts the Orioles could have a top 5 outfield for the next 3-5 years. He is not very young, turning 26 in October, so now is his time to show he can make the Orioles outfield one of the best in the bigs.

Add Matt Wieters, Brain Matusz (2-2, 2.95 ERA, 51 K in 39.2 IP)), Chris Tillman (4-0, 2.03 ERA, 37 K in 31 IP), Jake Arrieta (3-1, 3.42 ERA, 32 K in 26.1 IP), Brandon Erbe (1-3, 0.90 ERA, 19 K in 20 IP), to that incredible outfield in another year or two and the AL East becomes a 5 team battle-royale. Reimold is just the first of a group of great prospects that should get the call to Baltimore very soon.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Danno  |  May 14, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Agreed…almost. I love the Orioles farm system, and they are definitely a team on the rise. However, I wouldn’t be so fast to dismiss Montanez just yet. They guy can hit, and I hope he becomes an important part of the team. Great job as always!

  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  May 15, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Thanks Danno! Montanez is a guy that very well could prove me wrong but I gave up on him two years ago. He’s going to be 28 in December and he doesn’t exactly have the minor league track record to back him up. Again, I might be wrong on him.


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