Orioles Profiles Orioles 1994

April 01, 1994

9 Brady Anderson OF

Entering his third year as an everyday player after breakthrough season in 1992. Over last two years has more extra base hits (115) and RBIs (142) than any major league leadoff hitter and is second to Rickey Henderson in home runs (36- 34). He can become first player in club history to steal 10 or more bases in six straight seasons this year. He has reached base 515 times over last two years, sixth highest in the American League. Hit .297 over his last 88 games a year ago. His batting average against lefthanders was the same as his overall mark, after hitting .190 against them previously. Over the last two seasons the Orioles are 129-61 when he either scores or drives in a run.

3 Harold Baines DH

Had the highest batting average of his career last season and logged more at- bats as designated hitter than any Oriole in the last 10 years. Tied a club record by reaching base 13 straight times (8 hits, 5 walks) April 30-May. Led team with 15 homers after the All-Star break. Only 28 players have as many home runs with a career average (.288) as high as the veteran DH, with Eddie Murray ( .290, 440) the only one active. A native of St. Michael's, he was the first player selected in the 1977 draft, having been personally scouted by then White Sox owner and longtime Eastern Shore resident, Bill Veeck. Has averaged 88 RBIs over the last 12 years.

12 Mike Devereaux OF

Shoulder and heel injuries were major factors in his dropoff from his career year in 1992. Still, he became only the fourth Oriole in the last 10 years to hit 30 or more doubles in a season (Cal Ripken, Brady Anderson and Eddie Murray are the others). Hit .291 with runners in scoring position and drove in runs in seven straight games Aug. 2-8, all victories. Hit only .182 (12-66) in his first 14 games and .186 (27-145) in the last 37. In between he batted .294 over a stretch of 80 games. Of his 612 starts with the Orioles, 586 have been in centerfield. Over the last two years only four outfielders in the AL have driven in more runs -- Joe Carter, Juan Gonzalez, Ken Griffey and Kirby Puckett. Has more extra base hits (63) in two years at Camden Yards than any other player.

11 Jeffrey Hammonds OF

The fourth player selected in the 1992 draft, he has moved rapidly through the organization. Projected as top rookie in the major leagues by Baseball America. A former All-American from Stanford, he led the 1992 U.S. Olympic team with a .414 average and .586 slugging percentage. Hit .352 in his first 26 games, then was sidelined with what proved to be a herniated disk in his neck and played only two more games. Projected as a centerfielder and a No. 3 hitter, he will play rightfield while adding power and speed to the bottom of the Orioles' lineup this year. Hit home runs in his first exhibition game (off Pittsburgh's John Candelaria) and his first major league start (off New York's Neal Heaton).

28 Jack Voigt OF

After six years in the minor league system, he capitalized on his first opportunity in the big leagues. Did a solid job as a role player, making 39 starts. Played third and first base in addition to 44 games in the outfield, where he can play all three positions. Batted .352 (31-88), including all of his home runs, against lefthanded pitchers. Joined the club April 29, but had only 54 at-bats his first three months. He hit .330 (29-88) the rest of the season. With good speed and the ability to play a lot of positions, he gives the Orioles a lot of options. Was a teammate of Ben McDonald's at LSU. Drafted only 10th round in 1987.

39 Lonnie Smith OF

Played sparingly after being acquired from the Pirates last Sept. 8. Trying to go to the World Series with his fifth team. He's the first player in history to appear with four teams -- 1980 Phillies, 1982 Cardinals, 1985 Royals, 1991 Braves. Became the first Nl player ever to homer in three straight WS games -- 3 -4-5 in 1991 against Minnesota. His grand slam off Jack Morris in 1992 was only the third by an NL player in WS competition (Chuck Hiller in 1962 and Ken Boyer in 1964 were the first two). An outfielder by trade, he will be used primarily as a pinch-hitter and occasionally as the DH against lefthanded pitchers.

23 Chris Hoiles C

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