AL East Preview: Baltimore Orioles

Ryan Gaydos@@RyanGaydosSenior Analyst IMarch 11, 2009

We kick off our preview of all 30 MLB teams with the Baltimore Orioles, who I predict will finish fifth in the AL East. The Orioles are a good team with a lot of talent, but they do not have enough to compete with the Yankees or the Red Sox and they will barely compete with the Rays.

 

Keep an Eye On: Adam Jones, of

In 132 games last year, Jones batted .270 with nine homers and 57 RBIs. Expect his production to increase.

Projected Lineup

1. Brian Roberts, 2b
2. Melvin Mora, 3b
3. Nick Markakis, rf
4. Aubrey Huff, dh
5. Luke Scott, lf
6. Adam Jones, cf
7. Matt Wieters, c
8. Cesar Izturis, ss
9. Oscar Salazar, 1b

 

Projected Pitching Staff

1. Jeremy Guthrie, rhp
2. Garrett Olson, lhp
3. Chris Waters, lhp
4. Radhames Liz, rhp
5. Matt Albers, rhp

 

Projected Bullpen

George Sherrill
Chris Ray
Jim Johnson
Jamie Walker
Dennis Sarfate

 

Top Prospects

1. Matt Weiters, c
2. Chris Tillman, rhp
3. Brian Matusz, lhp
4. Jakie Arrieta, rhp
5. Nolan Reimold, of

 

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