Orioles Profiles

April 02, 1993|By PROFILE COMMENTS WRITTEN BY JIM HENNEMAN

21 DAVID SEGUI 1B/OF

* Finding enough quality playing time for the switch-hitting first baseman could be a problem. Played 115 games, but had only 189 at-bats (.233) last year. Will play defense in late innings and start when Glenn Davis is DH. Also can be used in the outfield. His versatility helps, but Orioles aren't going to find out if he has projected .300 ability until he gets 400 at-bats and that doesn't figure to happen this year.

* Age: 26. * Height: 6-1. * Weight: 202. * Bats: Both. * Throws: Left.

41 JEFF TACKETT C

* He hit more home runs last year (five) than in all but two of his previous eight professional seasons (he hit six at Triple-A Rochester in 1991 and 20 Daytona Beach in 1985). An excellent receiver with a strong and accurate throwing arm, he is regarded as a good handler of pitchers who calls a good game. Hit .240 in 66 games last year, most of them while Chris Hoiles was on the disabled list. His role would be the same this year.

9* Age: 27. * Height: 6-2. * Weight: 205. * Bats: Right. * Throws: Right.

2 MARK MCLEMORE 2B

* Has enough versatility to offer infield and outfield protection. A switch-hitter (.246 in 1992) with enough speed to steal an occasional base (11 last year). The presence of Harold Reynolds second base may not allow him to get as many at-bats (228) as last year. If the right-field position doesn't resolve itself early he's a candidate to take over. Did a solid job at second last year, which he should be able to duplicate.

* Age: 29. * Height: 5-11. * Weight: 207. * Bats: Both. * Throws: Right.

32 MARK WILLIAMSON P

* After being used almost exclusively as a reliever throughout his 11-year professional career, the right-hander is being given consideration as a starter. Missed most of last year after having elbow surgery. Was very effective in 11 appearances the last month of 1992 (0.96 ERA in 18 2/3 innings). Started 10 games (two complete) in 1988, but has been used in relief 277 times in his six years with the Orioles. His ability to adapt to any role makes him a valuable, if unsung, member of the staff.

Age: 33. * Height: 6-0. * Weight: 177. * Bats: Right. * Throws: Right.

34 FERNANDO VALENZUELA P

* Easily the most intriguing story during spring training. The former Dodgers great is attempting a comeback after being out of the big leagues for most of the past two seasons. When he's on top of his game, he has uncanny command of a wide variety of pitches, all of which he throws at different speeds. He doesn't throw as hard as he did in his prime, but has shown a good screwball, an active fastball, and a curveball that he uses more frequently than he did in the past. Has the reputation of being an excellent competitor, and despite his robust build, he is an excellent athlete who is considered among baseball's better fielding pitchers.

* Age: 32. * Height: 5-11. * Weight: 180. * Bats: Left. * Throws: Left.

40 RICK SUTCLIFFE P

* Last year the Orioles needed him to pitch 200 innings and provide leadership to a young staff. They hope Sutcliffe can do the same for another year, but the urgency isn't the same. He could have better results with fewer innings. He's the Opening Day pitcher, but realistically he's only the team's fourth best starter. The development of three young starters has removed some of the burden, but the veteran still thinks he has something to prove and can better last year's record (16-15, 4.47 ERA). Whatever the role, he's a key figure.

* Age: 36. * Height: 6-7. * Weight: 239. * Bats: Left. * Throws: Right.

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