• Aug

    Buck needs to make a decision on Brian Roberts

    It's been a little over a month now since Brian Roberts has returned full time to the Orioles lineup so it's a decent time to take a look at his number. Through 27 games, Roberts has put up a .221/.266/.337/.603, has not attempted a stolen base, and has a 6 to 15 K/BB ratio. Defensively he's been worth -0.6 dWar.

    Since the 2011 season, Roberts has put up a .220/.268/.309/.576 slash line in his last 359 PAs. In his last 10 games he's hit .219/.235/.250/.485. Although Roberts comeback story is a nice human interest story, it's pretty clear what kind of player is at this point in his career.

    In his last nine games before Roberts was activated Ryan Flaherty had hit .452/.485/.839/1.324 and 0.3 dWAR shows he's the better defensive second baseman as well. Flaherty has received only ten plate appearances since Roberts return.

    The Orioles traded away two highly prized prospects in Nick Delmonico and Josh Hader in order to make a run this year. If Dan Duquette is willing to risk prospects for a run, than Buck Showalter has to be willing to play the best players and it's doubtful Roberts is one of them at this stage in his career.

    Even if Showalter doesn't think Flaherty is a better option, come September you have to imagine Duquette will promote top prospect Jonathan Schoop. Then Buck will have to make a decision whether to play a guy because of his history or the best player available. Let's hope it's not too late by September.

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Tony Pente

Tony has owned and operated Orioles Hangout since 1996 and is well known for his knowledge of the Baltimore Orioles organization from top to bottom. He's a frequent guest on Baltimore-area sports radio stations and can be heard regularly on the 105.7 FM The Fan. His knowledge and contacts within the Orioles minor league system and the major league baseball scouting industry is unparalleled in the Baltimore media and is known as an expert on the Orioles prospects.