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Orioles First Trimester Report Card - Part One
It's 1/3 of the way through the season, so we think it's reasonable to
look at what we have seen so far from this team, while recognizing that it's
still early enough for players to turn around their seasons (or to get even
worse). We tried to judge players based on their overall seasons, rather
than based on expectations for the player. A bad player who does slightly
less badly than predicted doesn't get credit from us for exceeding
projections. Keep in mind that this is all in fun; there's no grand system
behind our grades.
- Brady Anderson: F. He's been
awful. There's no possible dispute about this. He's got a .303 OBP at
leadoff. He's got a .283 SLG. IIRC, he's signed for another year, too. We
wonder how much longer the team can go on without inventing an injury
for him or something.
- Mike Bordick: D. He's been
really bad at the plate, and hasn't been particularly steady with the glove,
either, but he's a shortstop, and if we gave him an "F", we'd have to give
Brady a "Z." So we'll call it a "D."
- Jeff Conine: A. We're not
exactly talking about an MVP contender, but he leads the Orioles in just
about everything, and has played pretty well.
- Delino DeShields: F. He plays
LF like a second baseman, from what we've seen, and he hits like a
second baseman. A bad one. If he were playing second, we would
probably give him a D-.
- Brook Fordyce: F. Hovering
around Mendoza, hitting worse than Brady is. It's hard to find anything
positive to say about him. He never killed anybody, as far as we
- Jay Gibbons: I (for incomplete).
We may be showing our bias here; he could get a bad grade, but we're
being generous because he's a young player. He hasn't played a lot, and
hasn't played regularly, and hasn't played well when he has
- Jerry Hairston: D+ On any other
team, we would have called it a D-. .309 OBPs don't deserve much
- Mike Kinkade: C-. He deserves
to play 3B over Ripken; he deserves to play C over Lunar or Fordyce. But
he hasn't exactly been good this year, though he hasn't gotten much of an
opportunity, either. Do the Orioles have any coherent idea why they even
traded for him? His role on the roster is rather unclear to us.
- Fernando Lunar: I. Only 24
ABs; no point in assessing him. Can't hit, and fortunately isn't being given
an opportunity to prove it. (Or unfortunately, since the sooner the team
realizes it, the sooner they can move on.)
- Melvin Mora: C-. We blame
management here; he's hitting about what you should expect him to hit.
Management apparently didn't realize that this wasn't good enough to play
OF. On a better team we would give him a lower grade, but it seems
niggardly to penalize him for his lack of hitting (.727 OPS) when it's one of
the better OPS on the team.
- Greg Myers: A. While the whole
idea of DHing him is loony, and we expect him to drop way off as the
season continues, and he has very limited playing time, he has made the
most of it. Given the performances of Lunar and Fordyce, he's really
getting screwed. Why the Orioles won't release him, we're not sure. Is
Thrift hoarding him so that he can be traded at the deadline for a AA
reliever with a bad shoulder?
- Chris Richard: B+. His OBP is
higher than we projected it would be (.352), but his SLG is lower (.444) so
overall it balances out. We've only seem him in center a few times, and
weren't impressed. If he can really play the position, then he's an okay
player; his offense isn't enough to justify a 1B/COF slot.
- Cal Ripken Jr.: F. Only
because there's no grade lower than that. There are dinosaur skeletons
with more range than he has, and he's no longer sure-handed, either.
His bat is putrid -- a .238 (!) OBP -- and he has also hit into a
team-leading 7 DPs. He's just embarrassing himself at this point. And
every time he has hits in 2 consecutive games, he has the chutzpah to talk
about coming back next year.
- David Segui: B. His .400 OBP
is nice; his .396 SLG is not. First basemen in the 1990s who are on pace
to hit 6 HRs (and 47 RBI, for those of you who care about that sort of thing)
in a season are not exactly what most teams are looking for. And he's
signed for $21M more over the next three years? To be fair, he missed
some time with injuries. On the other hand, that an old guy gets hurt is
hardly shocking, and hardly something to be happy about.
A pitching report card will follow tomorrow. As always, all comments
-- positive and negative -- are welcome, so feel free to email us your
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