Breaking down the Orioles' 2010 roster

April 04, 2010

Infielders
No. PlayerHt., Wt.Key '09 statsJeff Zrebiec's skinny25Garrett Atkins 6-3, 215 9 HRs, 48 RBIs He'll get every opportunity to prove poor '09 season was fluke.3 Cesar Izturis 5-9, 180 .256 avg., 8 errors Steady glove allows the Orioles to overlook offensive limitations.2 Julio Lugo6-1, 175.280 avg., .352 OBPVeteran infielder will provide depth at shortstop and second base.1 Brian Roberts 5-9, 175 110 runs, 56 doubles His back injury cast cloud over spring, but igniter says he's ready. 9 Miguel Tejada 5-9, 210 .313 avg., 199 hits He'll have ups and downs at third, but bat needs to be a constant. 23 Ty Wigginton 6-0, 230 11 HRs, 41 RBIs Veteran brings much-needed power and versatility off bench.
Outfielders
No. PlayerHt., Wt.Key '09 statsJeff Zrebiec's skinny10 Adam Jones 6-2, 215 .277 avg., 19 HRs Gold Glover needs to stay healthy to take next step to stardom.21 Nick Markakis 6-1, 200 101 RBIs, 56 walks After slight drop-off in '09, he's motivated to have big year. 18 Felix Pie 6-2, 190 .266 avg., 9 HRs Considered fourth outfielder, Pie will get plenty of playing time. 14 Nolan Reimold 6-4, 205 15 HRs, 45 RBIs Sore Achilles, Pie's emergence could affect at-bat total early. 30 Luke Scott 6-0, 205 25 HRs, 77 RBIsHR leader last season doesn't want to DH, but that's his ticket into lineup.CatchersNo. PlayerHt., Wt.Key '09 statsJeff Zrebiec's skinny65 Craig Tatum 6-1, 230 .162 avg., 26 games Waiver claim from Reds beat out Chad Moeller to back up Wieters.32 Matt Wieters 6-5, 230 9 HRs, 43 RBIs The hype has died down on 2nd-year player, but expectations haven't.Starting pitchersNo. PlayerHt., Wt.Key '09 statsJeff Zrebiec's skinny35 Brad Bergesen 6-3, 205 7-5, 3.43 ERA Far and away the O's best pitcher last year before season-ending injury.46 Jeremy Guthrie 6-1, 205 5.04 ERA, 35 HRs allowed His confidence remains a concern after shaky spring.63 David Hernandez 6-2, 240 4-10, 5.42 ERA In biggest spring surprise, he beat out Chris Tillman for 5th spot. 17 Brian Matusz 6-4, 190 5-2, 4.63 ERA Strong '09, good spring make him preseason favorite for ROY award. 34 Kevin Millwood 6-4, 235 13-10, 198 2/3 IP He says he's willing and able to provide innings, leadership O's need.Relief pitchersNo. PlayerHt., Wt.Key '09 statsJeff Zrebiec's skinny37 Matt Albers 6-0, 205 56 games, 5.51 ERA Right-hander will have to provide stability to middle-relief corps. 49 Jason Berken 6-0, 210 6-12, 6.54 ERA Made 24 starts last year, but he'll transition into long-man role. 51 Michael Gonzalez 6-2, 215 2.42 ERA, 10 saves Low velocity in spring sparked concern, but he says he'll be ready. 27 Mark Hendrickson 6-9, 240 6-5, 4.37 ERA He'll again fill a variety of roles from long man to situational lefty.43 Jim Johnson 6-6, 230 4.11 ERA, 8 HRs allowed Returns to setup role, where he had much success past two years. 26 Cla Meredith 6-0, 195 3.77 ERA, 29 games With Uehara out, submariner will likely have to get outs late in game.13 Will Ohman 6-2, 190 5.84 ERA, .296 avg. vs. lefties He'll have to combat AL East's tough lefty sluggers. 19* Koji Uehara 6-2, 195 4.05 ERA, 12 games Transitioning to bullpen, he needs elbow, hamstring to hold up.* - Will start season on DL

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