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    Reimold/Pope making impressions

    Nolan Reimold made a splash in his professional debut last year, hitting 15 home runs and 21 doubles between Aberdeen and Frederick. The six-foot-four right-handed hitting outfielder quickly became the organization’s top power prospect, despite the fact he really wasn’t using his bottom half in his swing. According to hitting coach and field coordinator Julio Vinas, after working on things this off-season as well as during camp, Reimold is now using his lower half in his swing and the results is even more power. He was mentioned by Vinas as one of the most impressive hitters in camp this spring.


    Another player mentioned by Vinas was Keiron Pope. The raw right-handed swinging outfielder struggled in his professional debut at Bluefield last year where he struck out in 62 of his 149 at bats while drawing just eight walks. However, this spring Pope has been very impressive hitting the ball with power to all fields and driving through the ball. According to Vinas, Pope was staying back on the breaking ball much better than last year.


    Other players mentioned as looking good so far this spring were Brandon Snyder “drives the ball to all fields”, Mark Fleisher “Big country is hitting ball with authority”, Quincy Ascencion, “Hit a home run off a big leaguer in camp,” Bobby Andrews, “Came into camp on a mission and his bat path to ball his improved greatly by getting away from that aluminum bat uppercut swing that he had last year.”


    Additionally the Figueroa brothers, Paco and Danny, have been impressive all spring. Jarod Rine, Ryan Hubele, Kyle Dahlberg and Paul Winterling “shortened swing” were also mentioned.


    Number two hitter
    It appears that Sam Perlozzo is leaning towards batting Melvin Mora second after he told Roch Kubatko of The Sun, "I don't know if I have a true No. 2 hitter right now." Well, after Nick Markakis’ two more hits today, he certainly looks like the ideal candidate right now if you ask me. He bats left-handed, he’s shown a great knowledge of the strike zone, it’ll move Mora back to the third spot where he’s more comfortable, and with the speedy Roberts on first, he’ll see a lot of fastballs. Tell you the truth; I’m not sure there’s a more ideal candidate on the O’s roster right now than Markakis for the number two spot.


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