Recently, the Orioles were cited often in the countrywide media as inside the blend of the teams seeking to add any other hitter. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports wrote on Saturday night that the Orioles have hobby inside the Twins’ Justin Morneau, at the same time as ESPN’s Buster Olney cited that the Orioles cited San Diego’s Carlos Quentin throughout internal conversations.
The Orioles’ specific hitters had been miserable this season, no doubt. The loss of Wilson Betemit’s consistent bat has weighed heavily at the team’s offense, however really now not sufficient to create a extensive hassle. The Orioles are 1/3 in runs, fourth in batting average, and primary in slugging percentage. Their first five hitters are the various high-quality in the league. In addition, with the go back of Brian Roberts, they now have doubles energy at the lowest of the lineup.
After scuffling via the primary few months of the season with Nolan Reimold, Danny Valencia, Steve Pearce, and different mediocre gamers, the country wide media seems to buy into the idea that the Orioles are in desperate want of a chosen hitter. It could now not be unexpected if the Orioles have discussed creating a alternate for a DH, but their name comes up in a gaggle of discussions every season because they could have “taken into consideration” the concept.
Recently, Buck Showalter has inserted Cuban-import Henry Edwin Urrutia at precise hitter spot. The 26-year vintage has confirmed talent as a hitter, however possesses actually no strength. At this factor, that is a terrible, as a designated hitter is supposed to provide critical pop to the lineup. However, the middle of the Orioles’ order is packed with domestic run hitters and does no longer particularly need a 30 homer specified hitter at this point.
Therefore, why might the Orioles hazard buying and selling a prospect for a Justin Morneau or a Carlos Quentin? There’s very little motive to it. Morneau’s energy has vastly dissipated as his career has long past on and Quentin simplest has thirteen domestic runs this season.
I see the Orioles sticking with Urrutia for the remainder of the season—and if he struggles, look for auditions to be passed out to Jonathan Schoop and LJ Hoes. Schoop is one of the group’s top prospects and if he hits nicely sufficient at Triple-A in August, look for him to get a September name-up and some severe playing time on the principal league degree. He should emerge as changing Brian Roberts in 2013, so he could be worth the look.