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Robert Andino will start the season as the O's second basemen
After spending his entire career as a utility infielder, Robert Andino is getting his chance to be an everyday player.
Andino performed well for the Orioles down the stretch last season, and because of Brian Roberts' injury, Andino will start the season as the everyday second baseman.
Early in his career, Andino has had trouble getting on base. His career OBP is only .302 and his OPS is a lowly .634.
Andino will need to improve his OBP if he hopes to stay in the lineup with players like Ryan Adams breathing down his neck and with Roberts working on his return.
I don't think he will be productive enough with the stick to prove he is an everyday player in the MLB.
Prediction: Avg .260, OBP .310, HR 4, RBI 39, SLG .333, OPS .643
Andino will be solid with the glove and might steal some bases, but that alone won't keep a guy like Roberts, with a career .353 OBP, out of the lineup if healthy.
Plus, Andino will have to be productive enough to keep Showalter from seeing if Adams can be a productive major league ballplayer.
I am not saying Andino can't help a big league team, but I do think he isn't a consistent enough hitter to be a regular.