2009 Orioles player profile: Nick Markakis

                    RF #21 Nick Markakis

 

Info- 6-2 195

11/17/1983

Signed 6yr/66.1mil + 1yr/7mil option(09-14)

2008 stats- .306 AVG, 20 HR’s, 87 RBI’s, 10 SB, 7 CS, 157 G, 595 AB’s

 

Outlook- Markakis is entering his 4th season in the bigs, all with the

Orioles. Nick is the face of the franchise, and for that the

O’s rewarded the budding All-star right fielder with a 6yr/

66.1mil deal through 2014, with an option for 2015. Markakis

has improved every year with the bat, collecting a career .299

average, and on defense he was among the league leaders in

outfield assists with 17 from right field. Markakis is what makes

the O’s line-up jump, producing a big bat in the middle of the

line-up along with Huff, Jones, Scott, Mora, Wigginton and

eventually Matt Wieters. The O’s have a lot of young talent

coming up through the farm to produce with the players who

have already came up through the system, and when they do

come together and gel, you will have flashbacks to the old days

with the O’s in the playoffs. The only area Markakis can really

improve on is stealing bases, as he only had 10 in 2008. He

has the speed, but he needs to improve his technique, something

he has done this Spring.

2009 projection- .305 AVG, 27 HR’s, 115 RBI’s, 18 SB, 7 CS, 159 G, 615 AB’s

                                                       by -Greg Quick

 

2009 Orioles player profile: Adam Jones

CF #10 Adam Jones

Info- 6-2 210

8/1/1985

Acquired 2/8/08 from Seattle for LHP Erik Bedard

Under team control 5 more years

 

 

2008 stats- .270 AVG, 9 HR’s, 57 RBI’s, 10 SB, 3 CS, 132 G, 477 AB’s

 

Outlook- Jones was the center piece of the Bedard trade, which

the O’s acquired 4 other players, including top prospect

Chris Tillman. Jones did fairly well last year in his rookie

year, showing tons of potential. The O’s are looking toward

the bright future with Jones and Markakis playing next to

each other in the outfield for the next decade at least. Not

only does Adam show a lot of offensive potential in the

line-up with power and speed, he also flashes a ton of

potential on defense, making a lot of remarkable diving

catches in center. He also has the speed to chase down

fly balls in the gaps and make hard plays look easy. Jones

is a young player still improving. The O’s are hoping he fully

blossoms and turns into a center piece to build the franchise

around with Markakis. Look for Adam to have a breakout season

batting in the #2 hole.

 

2009 projection- .285 AVG, 18 HR’s, 85 RBI’s, 22 SB, 6 CS, 152 G, 570 AB’s

                                                                    by- Greg Quick

 

 

The state of the Orioles franchise

                                                                

                                                                           

 

The new baseball season is almost upon us, and finally you can

start to see the Orioles show the young talent they have talked about

for years. Throughout the last few you have seen Nick Markakis, Brian

Roberts, Chris Ray, Jim Johnson, and others come up through the farm

to the bigs and produce. Andy Mcphail has also added to that talent by

trading for players such as Adam Jones, George Sherill and Luke Scott.

He has also added a lot of low risk/high reward type players like Felix Pie,

Rich Hill and David Pauley among others. If you add up all that talent and

they all pan out, you have a pretty solid core of young players to build your

franchise around.

 

Give the O’s one or two more years and you will be really impressed,

as they have top pitching prospects in the minors ready to be called up.

Those top prospects are Righty’s Chris Tillman, Jake Arrieta and southpaw

Brian Matusz as the top 3, and Righty’s David Hernandez, Brad Bergesen and

Lefty Troy Patton right behind them. The O’s are lacking position players in the

farm besides top elite prospect catcher Matt Wieters, first baseman Brandon

Snyder and outfielder Nolan Reimold, and recently acquired infielder Justin Turner.

The O’s are also hoping former first round pick Billy Rowell starts to produce with the

bat. They are also hoping a move of 3rd base to the outfield help him concentrate on

hitting more. The O’s also have the fourth overall pick in the draft again, and

should be looking for another Matusz type pitcher, or a power hitting infielder.

 

             The O’s are going to be improved in 2009, probably around .500, but watch

out MLB, the O’s are on the rise once again, and should be contending for the

playoffs in 2010 or 2011.

                                                                                                                        By- Greg  Quick