Manny Machado's stat line might cheer you up, Orioles fans

April 18, 2011|By Matt Vensel

Over the past week or so, Orioles fans haven't had much to smile about -- you know, fun things like wins, runs and quality starts. But with the Orioles stuck in a seven-game losing streak, here's something that might cheer you up, at least for a few seconds.

Manny Machado, the organization's top minor-league prospect, is tearing it up in Single-A Delmarva this spring.

The Orioles' shortstop of the future is batting .361 in 45 plate appearances over 10 games with the Shorebirds. Machado has three doubles and a triple and has knocked in six runs. And he has a .467 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage.

"It's great being a professional ballplayer," Machado recently said. "It's great being able to do what I love, and since it's my job I'm just going out there and giving 110 percent and having fun. That's the main thing. If you're not having fun, it's not good."

Who wouldn't have fun while swinging the bat like he has been?

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