Uniform #: 9 Bats: Left Height: 6-1 Throws: Left Weight: 195 Born: January 18, 1964 Silver Spring, MD Lives: Newport Beach, CA
06/85 Originally drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 10th round of the annual June draft. 07/30/88 Acquired by the Orioles, with RHP Curt Schilling, for RHP Mike Boddicker.
Year Team Lvl AVG/OBP/SLG AB 1985 Elmira A / / 215 1986 Winter Haven A / / 1987 New Britain AA Pawtucket AAA 1988 Boston AL Pawtucket AAA Baltimore AL 1989 Baltimore AL Rochester AAA 1990 Baltimore AL Frederick A Hagerstown AA 1991 Baltimore AL Rochester AAA 1992 Baltimore AL 1993 Baltimore AL 1994 Baltimore AL 1995 Baltimore AL
Always better than most fans thought, even early in his career before he started hitting, because his strengths are, for the most part, in non-rotisserie based aresas. His strengths are doubles, walks, and stolen base percentage.
For some reason, people tried for years to get him to stop hitting with power, which doesn't really make any baseball sense but works well in Clicheland, where leadoff hitters are "supposed" to "hit the ball on the ground to take advantage of their speed." For some inane reason, some would rather see a bunt single and a stolen base from a leadoff hitter instead of a double.
In any case, once he stopped listening to them and just hit the way he knew how, he started hitting and hasn't stopped. He should probably sit down versus some left handed pitching now, but it's not as if the Orioles have so many outfield options to platoon him with.
He's moving way up the Orioles career SB list.
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