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Andino during Game 2 of the ALDS.
It’s time for Baltimore to move on from the Brian Roberts experiment and address their lack of production at second base.
Robert Andino, Ryan Flaherty, Omar Quintanilla and Brian Roberts have provided the Birds with a microscopic .213 average and 57 RBI at second base. Those numbers are not only the lowest among the Orioles’ positions, but some of the lowest from any position in baseball.
While the Orioles have a great bottom-up organizational approach, they’re going to need to address their needs at second base by playing the free-agent market.
This year’s market is chock-full of stable, consistent and injury-free second basemen that would fit nicely into the Orioles’ philosophy.
Two names that stand out are Jeff Keppinger and Kelly Johnson.
The Orioles had the sixth most strikeouts in baseball at 1,315. Keppinger, who batted .325 last season, has one of the lowest strikeout rates in baseball.
Baltimore has also committed 19 errors at second base. By adding Keppinger, who has just 14 errors at second base in his career, stability will return to the position.
The Orioles should also look into 30-year-old Kelly Johnson, who could provide the Birds with some power from a position that gave them just 14 home runs last season.
If Baltimore can’t get anything done in free agency this season, they can always look to second base prospect Jonathan Schoop. Schoop has another one or two years until he’s MLB ready, but he may be worth a midseason call-up depending on his minor league production.