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Fantasy baseball player profiles: Baltimore Orioles

Fantasy baseball player profiles: Baltimore Orioles

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1 Matt Wieters, C, Baltimore Orioles
2 Luke Scott, 1B/OF, Baltimore Orioles
3 Garrett Atkins, 1B/3B, Baltimore Orioles
4 Brian Roberts, 2B, Baltimore Orioles
5 Josh Bell, 3B, Baltimore Orioles
6 Miguel Tejada, 3B/SS, Baltimore Orioles
7 Cesar Izturis, SS, Baltimore Orioles
8 Nolan Reimold, OF, Baltimore Orioles
9 Felix Pie, OF, Baltimore Orioles
10 Adam L. Jones, OF, Baltimore Orioles
11 Nick Markakis, OF, Baltimore Orioles
12 Brian Matusz, SP, Baltimore Orioles
13 Jeremy Guthrie, SP, Baltimore Orioles
14 Kevin Millwood, SP, Baltimore Orioles
15 Jim Johnson, RP, Baltimore Orioles
16 Mike Gonzalez, RP, Baltimore Orioles

Matt Wieters, C, Baltimore Orioles
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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5196713124832.252.317.445.762

The payoff was delayed. Thanks to increased aggressiveness and a shorter swing, Matt Wieters hit the ball hard in the final full month. Southpaws plague him, but no doubt the O's will continue to trot him out. His batting eye might not have big gains, but he has the raw extra-base ability. Don't reach, but don't let him fall too far; there's too much potential.


Luke Scott, 1B/OF, Baltimore Orioles
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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The consummate streaky waiver wire pickup, Luke Scott found time at first base last year, so he has dual eligibility. Yay. He's a power-and-nothing-else source; on the bright side, he's probably the full-time DH, so he can focus on his dish work. Watch his trade winds.


Garrett Atkins, 1B/3B, Baltimore Orioles
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Garrett Atkins' formerly gradual decline became ano crash in '09. The 30-year-old's dropping BABIP, line-drive rate and homers-per-flyball percentage are hard evidence; he can still take a walk, for what it's worth. The O's will give him a chance to rebound, but they're waiting on youngsters Josh Bell and Brandon Snyder, so Atkins' leash will probably be short.


Brian Roberts, 2B, Baltimore Orioles
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
349399010475.258.317.393.710

Brian Roberts turned to his best power year since '05 while sacrificing some steals (and basepath aggressiveness). His consistently elite contact rate is preventing some glaring warning signs from rearing their heads - the increasing strikeout percentage and declining walk rate among them. Roberts, 32, isn't near the precipice yet, but keep a look out.


Josh Bell, 3B, Baltimore Orioles
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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If Baltimore's corner infielders fail and Josh Bell progresses well at Triple-A Norfolk, he could ring into the bigs sometime this season. The switch-hitter boasts powerful potential but struggles against lefties. Some ambitious AL drafters may pull a draft-and-stash, but you'll probably be able to pluck him upon his callup in most setups.


Miguel Tejada, 3B/SS, Baltimore Orioles
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Return to Camden Yards jacks up homer potential for this right-handed stick. However, Miguel Tejada seemingly changed his game last year - contact grew for fourth straight year, and he sustained his line-drive growth even with a drop-off. His batting eye is worrisome, though, especially if he's relying more on contact. The large drop-off at the tail end of the draftable shortstop class ups Tejada's value, which should account for no upside but somewhat stable skills. He's a last resort in mixed leagues, though; not much to gain here.


Cesar Izturis, SS, Baltimore Orioles
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
97621070.216.260.268.528

Cesar Izturis's bout with appendicitis wasn't the only thing that made those who actually had to play Izturis writhe in pain. Sure, he gives you double-digit steals, but nothing else signifies value outside of AL games, especially with Julio Lugo likely to steal time.


Nolan Reimold, OF, Baltimore Orioles
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
9914255141.253.312.455.767

Nolan Reimold played through an Achilles' injury last year but managed a successful rookie campaign, especially with such a low line-drive rate as a starting point. His plate discipline and capable thievery fostered his rapid promotion. As long as you don't throw too many eggs in his basket, don't be afraid to target Reimold before playing time competitor Felix Pie, who's less intriguing.


Felix Pie, OF, Baltimore Orioles
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Felix Pie is involved in a battle for left field time with Nolan Reimold, the more highly regarded long-term option. Pie is a better bet to start out as the No. 4 outfielder; though he probably won't get much better, don't ignore the strides he made in line drives and contact. He didn't run much, which hurts his stock.


Adam L. Jones, OF, Baltimore Orioles
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
63493178309912.281.319.489.808

Before the season, Adam L. Jones promised he'd run more. Jones instead surprised us with his power maturity (maybe a bit ahead of schedule) and an absurdly high first-half BABIP. Injuries contributed to his second-half decline and probably hurt his ability to run. His line-drive rate sunk while his grounders swelled, but an increase in flyballs can ease any drop-off of his high HR/FB. He's a top-100 mixed player that's worth reaching a round for because of his 20-20 upside.


Nick Markakis, OF, Baltimore Orioles
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
6168817713622.287.347.399.746

If Nick Markakis could hit lefties, he'd be more attractive. You enjoy his run production and ability to steal. You hate his reluctance to steal and the fact that 25 homers may never happen. Either way, he's a nice No. 2 mixed outfielder who's a safe bet in three categories and for health. Imagine if he really starts to exploit the Warehouse....


Brian Matusz, SP, Baltimore Orioles
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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3445411716463.401.27

This polished southpaw with a drool-inducing arsenal wasted no time displaying potential in '09. Brian Matusz gives up ample flyballs, which will be a problem at Camden Yards, but he makes adjustments easily and has the command to make a roto impact early; save him from the late-round wasteland in deep mixed.


Jeremy Guthrie, SP, Baltimore Orioles
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
100200228101561094.551.42

What you will get from Jeremy Guthrie: around 200 innings, little dominance and too many homers allowed. His BABIP and strand rate outliers caught up with him in '09. It's hard to count on an arm whose K/9 hovers around 5.00. His innings consistency is more valuable in ALs.


Kevin Millwood, SP, Baltimore Orioles
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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This move should help groom the O's young arms, but it doesn't do anything for Kevin Millwood's already questionable value. For someone who doesn't record many K's, he doesn't induce all that many grounders. He attacks the strike zone. That .277 BABIP should come back to normal, meaning he should be left out of most mixed drafts.


Jim Johnson, RP, Baltimore Orioles
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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53570652116462.701.16

The righty stood as the least of the O's bullpen evils for awhile last year. Despite boasting gas, Jim Johnson doesn't strike out many. He's probably the best understudy for the injury-prone Mike Gonzalez for saves, but Kam Mickolio will challenge that status, too. Mixed selectors need not bother here.


Mike Gonzalez, RP, Baltimore Orioles
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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You know you're getting strikeouts here, even with Mike Gonzalez's shaky control. He regained his strand rate and stayed healthy. The O's aren't much for save chances, but they don't have any pressing competition; plus, they made a two-year commitment to the lefty. He's in line to be a fantasy steal late in the game.