Midseason Report Card (players, Grades And Peter Schmuck's Comment)

Orioles

July 16, 2009|By Peter Schmuck

PITCHERS

Matt Albers, B-

Solid middle guy has been up and down twice this year but gets extra credit for pitching through a torn labrum.

Danys Baez, B

Has lost some momentum of late but has pitched well for a guy who looked like the odd man out in spring training.

Brian Bass, B-

Got off to a rocky start but has bounced back to secure his place among the top 10 all-time major leaguers named after fish.

Brad Bergesen, A

Quite simply, the most consistent and productive starting pitcher in the rotation. Who would have figured that on

Opening Day?

Jason Berken, D+

Tough-luck pitcher Friday night (allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings), but one win in nine starts barely gets a passing grade.

Jeremy Guthrie, C

Winningest pitcher on the staff (6-8), but command problems and inconsistency have made ace role more of a burden than an honor.

Mark Hendrickson, C

Has fit nicely into left-handed long-reliever role after giving up 20 earned runs in 28 1/3 innings as a starter.

Rich Hill, D

Reclamation project has not been a

total bust, but it's hard to ignore

that 6.92 ERA.

Jim Johnson, A-

Strong eighth-inning setup man who deserved All-Star consideration.

Kam Mickolio, Incomplete

Tough to make any judgment on a guy who has pitched only two innings since being recalled.

George Sherrill, A-

Has converted 16 of his past 17 save opportunities after a couple of early hiccups.

Koji Uehara, C

Japanese player is a pretty good

pitcher when he's healthy -

that's not very often.

CATCHERS

Matt Wieters, B-

Still getting acclimated to the major leagues but has held his own both at the plate and behind it.

Gregg Zaun, C+

Has done the job he was brought here to do. The Orioles weren't expecting bells and whistles.

INFIELDERS

Robert Andino, B

Club was very pleased with his performance filling in for Cesar Izturis. Solid backup shortstop with an upside.

Aubrey Huff, B

Ranks 14th in the league in RBIs. Better than advertised at first base. Scary on the bases.

Cesar Izturis, B

Defensive stats are almost identical to Andino's. Not much different at the plate either.

Melvin Mora, C

First-half power outage has put 2010 club option in serious doubt.

Brian Roberts, B

Top-flight leadoff guy who's right on pace to put up his usual strong all-around numbers, but he doesn't seem like himself these days.

Oscar Salazar, B+

In his limited role, Salazar has turned up in the middle of several of the Orioles' most satisfying victories.

Ty Wigginton, B-

Solid all-around player and teammate with good part-time production numbers, but nobody on this team hits into the double play at a higher rate.

OUTFIELDERS

Adam Jones, B+

Development of the Orioles' only All-Star is ahead of schedule, but power has waned after early surge.

Nick Markakis, B-

Still on pace for 100 RBIs, but power numbers have been in subtle decline the past 1 1/2 seasons and he's well behind preseason expectations.

Felix Pie, C-

Starting to fit into his niche as the fourth outfielder, but still an erratic, unpredictable player.

Nolan Reimold, A-

Very solid run-production numbers relative to playing time. Exceeding rookie expectations.

DESIGNATED HITTER

Luke Scott, A

Has been the best and most consistent hitter on the team all season, even though he didn't want full-time DH role.

Grades are based on performance relative to each individual's role on the Orioles' roster. They are not intended to rate players in relation to each other or to other teams.

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