Baltimore Orioles: When Should the Birds Promote Brandon Snyder?

Lawrence BarrecaAnalyst IAugust 9, 2009

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - FEBRUARY 26: Scott Moore #26 of the Baltimore Orioles gets greeted by his teammates Brandon Snyder #72 and Luis Motanez #12 after hitting a three home run against the St Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at Fort Lauderdale Stadium on February 26, 2009 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

Over the past year, Orioles’ fans have encountered several different debate topics regarding player call ups and minor league decisions.

After seeing rookies Nolan Reimold, Matt Wieters, Brad Bergesen, Jason Berken, Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman, and David Hernandez arrive at the Major League level, a new name has risen from the fire of the O’s farm system.

Brandon Snyder, a 22-year old corner infielder, began the year at Double-A Bowie with the intent of making the big league club in time to see the O’s make a playoff run.  We may be seeing him much sooner than that.

He hit for a .343 average with ten HRs, 45 RBI, 24 R, and a .421 OBP while with the Baysox, proving to Orioles’ management that he was ready for the next level.

He was promoted to the Triple-A Norfolk squad after 58 games, now replacing the offense lost by the promotions of Wieters, Reimold, and first baseman Oscar Salazar.

Like Wieters had done once he reached the Tides, Snyder had his struggles, with his average dropping down to the .200 mark early on.  Also like the stud catcher, though, the young first baseman picked up his efforts.

Over his last ten contests, Snyder is totaling a .421 average with nine RBI and a stolen base, and overall, he is batting .280 with two HRs, 33 RBI, 26 R, three SBs, and a .333 OBP while facing Triple-A pitching.

With Snyder being considered by many as the Birds’ first baseman of the future (possibly the very near future), the main topic of discussion has finally arrived.

When should the Orioles call him up?

Looking at it from my point of view, I am projecting them to treat the youngster like they treated Wieters (Then again, I didn’t think we’d see Matusz until next season either, so who can really tell at this point?). 

So with my prediction, I leave the rest of the O’s community with this question.

What do you guys think?

When do you feel would be the most appropriate time to see Snyder in an O’s uniform?

Only time will tell the true answer, but it is always nice to hear what the fans have to say.