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Matt Wieters—Catcher: B
To go along with his always exceptional defense and game-calling, Wieters' bat has shown some signs of life during the month of May with some key hits and RBI. His batting average remains low, but his run-production is there, and with a catcher who is as good defensively as Wieters is, that's all you can ask for.
Chris Davis—First Base: A+
Davis won the AL Player of the Month in April, and he's having an even better May, hitting .370 with 10 homers and 22 RBI going into Thursday's action. It would be a safe bet to say he'll add to those numbers before the month closes. He's become arguably the best hitter in the game not named Miguel Cabrera.
Ryan Flaherty—Second Base: D
While his bat has been absolutely horrid this season, Flaherty's glove has been fantastic at second base, keeping him from getting an "F" rating. He grabbed two hits in his return to the big league club on Wednesday night, so, hopefully, that's the start of him getting his bat going for the Orioles.
J.J. Hardy—Shortstop: B-
Gold Glove defense and serious pop is what Hardy's game revolves around, and he's doing just that. Now that he's batting in the sixth and seventh slots the majority of the time, Hardy has not been relied upon as much to get on base and make things happen, allowing him to drive the ball out of the park and be a run-producer.
His average is a bit low, but a team will take that when a guy is playing incredible defense and is a run-producer in the lower part of the lineup.
Manny Machado—Third Base: A+
The youngster has been everything and more than the team could have hoped for since his call-up in early August of last year. He's currently leading the league in doubles, multi-hit games and keeping pace with Miguel Cabrera atop the hits leaderboard—all while playing Gold Glove-caliber defense at a position that wasn't his by trade. Machado is a stud.
Nate McLouth—Left Field: B
Some people may be surprised that McLouth is doing so well this season, and others may have expected it. He has become a much-needed spark plug atop the O's batting order and a plus defender in left.
McLouth did go through a bit of a slump in May, but he broke out of it after about a week. He's been pretty much above average overall in the month of May, deserving of a "B" rating.
Adam Jones—Center Field: B+
All season long, Jonesy has been able to keep his average up and drive in runs. But during May, he popped a few more homers than he did in April. He also seems to have his defensive woes figured out, as he had made some bone-headed errors earlier in the season.
Jones is undoubtedly the team leader, and leading the team is exactly what he's doing.
Nick Markakis—Right Field: B
I give Markakis a "B" rating because he's simply doing exactly what the team and fans expect of him: hitting for average, drawing walks and driving in key runs. His pop, like Jones', was more relevant in May than in April, and his defense was as solid as ever.
Steve Pearce—DH: C
I think I can speak for everyone when I say that Steve Pearce has done pretty much what everyone expected him to do when he made the team out of spring training. He got off to a slow start in April, but he's since turned it on a little. While Pearce isn't setting the world on fire with his average, he's been known to come up with a key home run here and there.
He isn't the type of bench player teams would drool over, but he's done his job and it's hard to really complain about him.