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Orioles Rebuilding with Prospects

Nolan Reimold, Baltimore OriolesMost of the attention in Baltimore the past week has concerned the call-up of catcher Matt Wieters and rightfully so.  He’s the biggest catching prospect in many years.

But, there’s another player helping to turn around the once proud franchise in Baltimore and his name is Nolan Reimold.

Reimold was called up to the Majors on May 13 when Luke Scott went down with an injury.  With Norfolk this year, Reimold hit .394 with 9/27/1.  Last year, at Bowie, he was a solid .284/25/84/7.  The only knock on Reimold has been he’s had injuries each of the past three seasons, including a painful oblique injury.

Since coming up, Reimold has been playing almost every day.  In 63 AB, he has 5 homers and 11 RBI, and is hitting .286.  Felix Pie, acquired from the Cubs in the off-season, was once a big time prospect too, but he has certainly not been the answer.  Pie is not the apple of anybody’s eye; he is hitting an anemic .195 with just 4 RBI.

Reimold is 6′ 4″, 207–a 25-year-old from Bowling Green.  The Orioles have been slow in moving Reimold along and even kept him at Double-A Bowie for two years despite have a good year in 2006.

Reimold doesn’t figure to become a star, but looks capable of hitting .275 or so with 20 homers, plenty of walks, and solid corner outfield defense. As a 6-foot-4 outfielder who previously played some center field and has hit .265/.358/.457 during his career Jayson Werth of the Phillies seems like a reasonable comp for Reimold, who’s one of several reasons why the future is finally looking bright in Baltimore.

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