Orioles Preview

April 05, 2009

INFIELDERS

No. Name Ht Wt Avg HR RBI Jeff Zrebiec's skinny

12 Robert Andino 6-0 170 .206 2 9 Late-spring acquisition will give the Orioles insurance in the middle infield.

17 Aubrey Huff 6-4 234 .304 32 108 If first baseman even comes close to replicating last year's numbers, Orioles will be more than satisfied.

3 Cesar Izturis 5-9 190 .263 1 24 Slick-fielding shortstop was signed to strengthen the team's defense; any offense will be a bonus.

6 Melvin Mora 5-11 200 .285 23 104 In what could be his last season as an Oriole, Mora will be counted on to be a steady run producer.

1 Brian Roberts 5-9 175 .296 9 57 With trade rumors behind him, Roberts can focus on what he does best: setting the table for the lineup.

23 Ty Wigginton 6-0 225 .285 23 58 His versatility and ability to hit left-handed pitching will keep him in the lineup on most nights.

OUTFIELDERS

No. Name Ht Wt Avg HR RBI Jeff Zrebiec's skinny

2 Ryan Freel 5-10 185 .298 0 10 Brings boundless energy wherever he plays, but he'll need to stay healthy and provide some offense.

10 Adam Jones 6-2 210 .270 9 57 Orioles hope center fielder keeps improving and supplies more pop and speed for the lineup.

21 Nick Markakis 6-2 215 .306 20 87 With comfort of long-term deal, right fielder looking to continue ascent to stardom.

18 Felix Pie 6-2 170 .241 1 10 Will start in left field and get every opportunity to develop into player most expected he would be.

30 Luke Scott 6-0 210 .257 23 65 Needs to adapt to being team's everyday designated hitter and cut down on prolonged slumps.

CATCHERS

No. Name Ht Wt Avg HR RBI Jeff Zrebiec's skinny

54 Chad Moeller 6-4 215 .231 1 9 A solid catch-and-throw guy, he'll hold the fort until Wieters comes up.

9 Gregg Zaun 5-10 205 .237 6 30 Veteran will have his hands full guiding pitching staff and mentoring Matt Wieters.

STARTING PITCHERS

No. Name Ht Wt W-L ERA Jeff Zrebiec's skinny

46 Jeremy Guthrie 6-1 195 10-12 3.63 No. 1 starter must stay healthy and avoid late-season breakdown.

27 Mark

Hendrickson 6-9 240 7-8 5.45 Whether it is in rotation or bullpen, veteran left-hander will be counted on to eat innings.

58 Alfredo Simon 6-4 230 0-0 6.23 Orioles plucked him out of Mexican League and hope he rewards their faith.

19 Koji Uehara 6-1 185 6-5 3.81 Orioles simply can't afford team's first Japanese player to make slow adjustment to major leagues.

RELIEF PITCHERS

No. Name Ht Wt W-L ERA Jeff Zrebiec's skinny

34 Matt Albers 6-0 205 3-3 3.49 Valuable right-hander pitching with torn labrum in shoulder, so his health will be story all year.

28 Danys Baez 6-1 233 Did not pitch At this point, it appears that veteran right-hander will be called on for long relief and mop-up duty out of bullpen.

25 Brian Bass 6-2 215 4-4 4.84 Bass, who can pound the strike zone, is expected to be used in long relief.

43 Jim Johnson 6-5 230 2-4 2.23 One of top setup men in league last year, Johnson will again be asked to get ball, lead to closer.

37 Chris Ray 6-3 223 Did not pitch After having Tommy John surgery, hard thrower with electric stuff is back, now as setup man.

45 Dennis Sarfate 6-4 225 4-3 4.74 Will be called on to pitch multiple innings and escape jams, but control needs to improve.

52 George Sherrill 6-0 230 3-5 4.73 Orioles hope closer finds his magic from last year's first half, avoids long balls and arm problems.

32 Jamie Walker 6-2 194 1-3 6.87 With injury problems behind him, Walker needs to get back to neutralizing left-handed hitters.

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