The Baltimore Orioles remain atop their division despite their second baseman hitting .174 (worst in the American League) on the season. That’s miraculous, really.
Their designated hitters haven’t been much better. O’s DH’s have the worst batting average in the AL at .183. Yowza. So how do the Orioles solve this problem?
How about some relief down on the farm?
Fans fell in love with Jonathan Schoop after his performance in the World Baseball Classic, but he’s hitting just .245/.320/.327 at Norfolk and has five errors. Yamaico Navarro might be a better option for the O’s. He’s hitting .317/.405/.426 with 12 RBI in 126 at-bats with the Tides.
Navarro has played just about every position this season, but spent most of his time at second base (11 games) or shortstop (13 games). Unfortunately, his defense ability is also in question as he’s recorded two errors at second and three at shortstop.
Fans can’t take much more of the Ryan Flaherty/Alexi Casilla tandem, but Buck Showalter might make them endure it for a while longer. Defense is incredibly important to the O’s skipper and as long as their scoring enough runs, he’ll keep throwing one of the two out to second.