2009 In Review: Second Base

Brian Roberts – .283/.357/.451, 110 R, 56 doubles, 1 triple, 16 HR, 79 RBI, 30 SB, 716 PA

Roberts had a great year, putting up the 3rd highest OPS of his career. It was nice to see this kind of performance after he signed a four year contract extension in the offseason. That contract starts in 2010, but if he keeps up his pace it looks like it will turn out to be a good signing. He set the MLB record for doubles by a switch hitter (56) and was only four away from the overall record. He set career records with 110 runs and 79 RBI. The only signs of trouble are a steady decline in walks (89, 82, 74) and stolen bases (50, 40, 30), plus a steady increase in strikeouts (66, 99, 104, 112). Those are trends that will most likely continue, but he should still be a productive player for at least two or three more seasons. Speed is an important part of Roberts’ game, but its not like he bunts for base hits or has alot of infield hits. The Orioles won’t have to worry about second base for a while and hopefully Roberts gets a chance to be a part of the next winning baseball team in Baltimore.

2010 Prognosis: I would look for a similar production from Roberts next season, but with a lower slugging percentage and higher on base percentage. Its nice to have the lead off spot in the lineup taken care of. A few more players to drive him in would be nice though.

Ryan Freel – .133/.350/.133, 2 R, 1 RBI, 20 PA

Freel came along with Brandon Waring and Justin Turner when we traded Ramon Hernandez to the Cincinnati Reds. He was thought of to be a utility guy when we got him, but when the season started we had added Felix Pie, Ty Wiggington, and Robert Andino so he became useless. We traded him to the Chicago Cubs after he complained about playing time and sending him to the DL with a concussion for Joey Gathright, who we later traded to the Red Sox. Freel ended up being traded/released by three organizations in 2009 and was out of the majors by early August.

2010 Prognosis: More of the same I would assume. He’ll hope to get a minor league contract with a spring training invite and try to stick as the last man on someones roster.


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