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A tale of two Reimold's


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Which season is better?

2008:

.277/.373/.468/.841 in 188 ABs with 29 BB / 26 K

2007:

.306/.365/.565/.929 in 186 Abs with 17 BB / 47 K

Clearly Reimold displayed more power, but with improved plate discipline and cutting down on Ks it seems Reimold is becoming a better hitter. I hope a hole opens up for him by August so he can get some ML at-bats this year.

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His OPS is over 1.000 in May, and I don't feel as though he's gotten hot yet.

Geez, what does the guy have to do for you to consider it a hot streak?

I'm pleased with where he is now after his slow start. The drastic reduction in K's is a big development for him. I'd like to see him moved to Norfolk at the break, then get called up in September.

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I don't see a promotion for Reimold for at least a few more weeks. He needs to continue hitting in Double-A for more than just a month. At least according to Brad Komminsk, one hot streak isn't going to do it. He needs to show that he can put it together for a few months at a time.

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I don't see a promotion for Reimold for at least a few more weeks. He needs to continue hitting in Double-A for more than just a month. At least according to Brad Komminsk, one hot streak isn't going to do it. He needs to show that he can put it together for a few months at a time.

I agree with this. NR is notorious for his hot streaks so I'd like to see some extended success with this new approach - though he hit well last year in AA.

His reduction in Ks is extremely encouraging, IMO.

AAA is a tougher league than AA, but if he continues his May performance, I think he can go straight to Bmore. IMO, he's a candidate for promotion to Bmore in the second half of July or August.

I remember a key stat tracked by the As regarding hitters. Players with both more BBs than Ks and also more XBH than Ks. Few players perform at this level. We may have two of the better guys in the minors at this between MW and NR.

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I don't see a promotion for Reimold for at least a few more weeks. He needs to continue hitting in Double-A for more than just a month. At least according to Brad Komminsk, one hot streak isn't going to do it. He needs to show that he can put it together for a few months at a time.
He hit last year as well...In over 350 at bats, he has an OPS probably around 880 or so...That is plenty.
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He hit last year as well...In over 350 at bats, he has an OPS probably around 880 or so...That is plenty.

I just have a feeling that, as an administrative matter, the O's prefer to promote their prospects at the mid-season break. Frankly, I don't think it matters too much whether Reimold is promoted now or in late June. However, if they promoted him now that also would be fine with me.

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I just have a feeling that, as an administrative matter, the O's prefer to promote their prospects at the mid-season break. Frankly, I don't think it matters too much whether Reimold is promoted now or in late June. However, if they promoted him now that also would be fine with me.

You can't have a blanket decision for everyone...You need to look at each player individually.

Having Wieters and Arrieta in single A right now is a joke and is not defensible at all...Reimold is getting close to that but i agree he doesn't HAVE to be moved up yet...But he is healthy, K'ing less and walking more, so really, there is no reason to leave him down either.

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You can't have a blanket decision for everyone...You need to look at each player individually.

Having Wieters and Arrieta in single A right now is a joke and is not defensible at all...Reimold is getting close to that but i agree he doesn't HAVE to be moved up yet...But he is healthy, K'ing less and walking more, so really, there is no reason to leave him down either.

I agree with your first statement whole heartedly, and I hope the Orioles do to.

In Reimold's case, this is the classic example of people just looking at the stats and not seeing what is going on in the total picture.

Let's take Friday for example. Reimold rips the first fastball he sees into left field down the line. the left fielder was slow to the ball and if Reimold had been running for two from the get go he would have had a double. He turned first kind of hesitated, then started to go, before deciding to hold off on a single. Overall I would say it was not a very good base running play which falls more into the instincts area.

The pitcher he hit it against had pitched in independent ball the last three years and would be major reach to say he's a major league prospect.

The next at bat he got behind in the count and the was badly fooled by a changeup. He was very unbalanced on his swing and got out in front.

The next at bat he faces a guy throwing about 84 MPH and after getting ahead in the count, he ends up flying out to right field or pretty straight 84 MPH fastball or as most people like to call the pitch, a home run pitch. To me, that's the kind of ball a good hitter shouldn't miss.

The next time up Reimold doesn't miss that pitch and ends up smashing a home run against the same 84 MPH crap fastball. It was good to see him make the adjustment, but the quality of pitching he was facing was pretty bad.

Over the next few games I've saw Reimold be very patient, which is a good thing for the most part, but it appears he waits a little too long at times and either misses or fouls off some very hittable pitches. He also seems to get out on his front foot a little too much, even though he's seeing very few fastballs.

I'm also not crazy about all this movement he has pre-pitch. He literally rocks forward in his stance before loading which wouldn't be that bad, but from what I see, his hands end up in a different load position some times because of that rocking and I think that contributes to the inconsistency of his swing.

In the outfield, Reimold has a strong arm but the accuracy is not that great on throws to home and third and he seems to take a little bit of a lackidasical approach on balls into the corner. With his arm, if he had gotten to the ball quickly, he may have play on the runner at second, especially with some of the slow guys that NH was running out there. It just appears to me that he's not really into who he's playing and doesn't know the competition or at the very least doesn't anticipate well.

Saying all that, there are things to like about Reimold like the quick hands, major league bat speed, power, and patience at the plate.

However, there are things he still needs to work on and I think the Orioles would like to see that consistency game in and game out in all aspects of his game.

I know some baseball people who don't think he's going to be more than a Triple-A guy or maybe a four-A guy, but I think he's got enough pluses that if he stays healthy, he's going to have a role in the majors. However, I'd probably say he's going to end up more like a Gary Reonicke than Tim Salmon (my original MLE).

There's nothing wrong with that, but I'm not sure he's the impact bat we had hoped for a few years ago.

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