September Call Ups

The Orioles have called up OF Nolan Reimold, SS Robert Andino, and 1B Brandon Snyder from AAA Norfolk as the rosters expand for the month of September. OF Lou Montanez was designated for assignment to make room for Andino on the 40 man roster.

This is the first wave of September call ups, three or four more should be called up after the AAA season ends this weekend. The next wave will most likely consist of all pitchers. Chris Tillman, Troy Patton, Dennis Sarfate, and David Hernandez would be my guess. Reimold was demoted early in the season after struggling at the plate, hitting .205/.302/.337 with 5 doubles, 2 homerun, and 10 RBI. Reimold’s foot surgery in the offseason and some reported off the field problems are the most likely reasons for his slump and it continued in AAA Norfolk after his demotion. He finally came around at the end of July and ended up hitting .249/.364/.374 with 12 doubles, 10 homeruns, 37 RBI, and 9 stolen bases. In August he hit .320/.460/.443. The best sign is the stolen bases as it means his foot is feeling better and the walks which means hes seeing the ball well. I’m not worried about the power as we know hes got it and Norfolk is a pitchers park.

Robert Andino didn’t make the team out of spring training because of attitude issues which I think will change with Buck Showalter now manager. Andino has a nonchalant attitude and thinks hes better than he really is but hes probably better than Julio Lugo as a backup infielder. He had a decent AAA campaign hitting .264/.302/.405 with 30 doubles, 4 triples, 13 homeruns, 76 RBI, and 16 stolen bases. Hes got good pop for a middle infielder but he doesn’t have any patience at the plate and he had a bunch of errors. He’ll come to Baltimore as insurance in the infield and to see if hes learned anything from this season.

Brandon Snyder was the Orioles first round pick in 2005. He struggled at first in the low minors, had surgery on his shoulder making him miss almost a year of action, and then moved from catcher to third base. After the position switch he really started to hit and eventually moved to first base as he just couldn’t cut it defensively. He came on strong at the end of the 2008 season with A+ Frederick and exploded in 200 at bats for AA Bowie to start the 2009 season. Unfortunately he struggled after being promoted to AAA Norfolk and those struggles carried on to this season. He hit .257/.324/.407 with 22 doubles, a triple, 9 homeruns, and 43 RBI but he was actually pretty consistently solid from June to the end of August. Norfolk’s ballpark is tough on gap hitters which is what Snyder is so this call up will give him a chance to show what he can do at the big league level. He needs to have some success to re-establish his prospect status. Montanez was DFA’d as he fell down the depth chart due to injuries and lack of performance.

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