2010 In Review: DH

Luke Scott – .284/.368/.535, 69 R, 29 doubles, 1 triple, 27 HR, 72 RBI, 2 SB, 517 PA

Scott had about as good of a season as you could expect out of him, despite a very slow start. In April he was held to a .638 OPS but that was about the only time during the season where he would struggle. For the first time in his career he was consistent and fortunately for Scott and the Orioles it was consistently good. In May he put up a 1.024 OPS, .915 in June, 1.018 in July despite missing half the month with an injury, .996 in August, and .780 in September. The biggest adjustment seemed to be that he wasn’t pressing when things weren’t going well. In September he didn’t have his power stroke but he was still getting on base (.407 OBP) and taking the hits he could get, even if they were only singles. He set a career high in homeruns for the 5th season in a row (10, 18, 23, 25, 27) and really seems to be coming into his own. He played some games at first base and left field but the Orioles seem to like him in the DH role despite him looking adequate in the field.

2011 Prognosis: Entering spring training Scott will 32 years old and in his prime. I don’t think you can expect him to keep improving at this point but you can hope he stays consistent and provides you with an OPS between .850 and .900. At this point hes the only true power threat in the lineup but he also probably has one of the highest trade values on the team. If the Orioles can get a great return I think they would trade him before he enters the declining phase of his career. But if they can’t get an acceptable return I think they’ll be happy to keep him as the DH and a serious 30 homerun threat in the lineup. He’d be even more dangerous with some other additions to the lineup. Should be an interesting off season for Scott.

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