2010 In Review: Right Field

Nick Markakis – .297/.370/.436, 77 R, 45 doubles, 3 triples, 12 HR, 60 RBI, 7 SB, 709 PA

Despite having the second best offensive numbers on the team and another season with 45 doubles I would consider 2010 a down year for Markakis. He continued to show his high contact hitting ability with another season around .300 and continued to have the best patience on the team with a great on base percentage but his power was almost non-existent. His slugging percentage has decreased consistently over the last three years (.491, .453, .436) and his homeruns have decreased over the last four years (23, 20, 18, 12). Hes still the most consistent player on the team and continued his great defense out in right field. Its a shame the guy still doesn’t have a gold glove or all-star game appearance on his resume but its clear he’ll have each one day. He has one of the most accurate arms in the majors and its strong as well. He does all the little things the right way, hustling and even starting to make his presence known in the clubhouse. Hes a fan favorite for a reason and will be an Orioles for a long time to come.

2011 Prognosis: Markakis is the one guy the Orioles don’t have to worry about and can count on to perform both offensively and defensively. You can always expect gold glove level defense and an OPS between .800 and .900. I think if the Orioles can get him some help in the lineup his power numbers will improve. It seems like hes content to just poke balls into the outfield but it would be nice to see him try to drive some pitches. Hes already talked about getting stronger over the offseason and that is the kind of thing you want out of your players, always trying to improve. Depending on what happens in the offseason Markakis could be hitting out of the two or three hole, either way you know hes going to produce.

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