While watching the Birds last week, I tweeted my excitement for Xaviery Avery when he recorded his first double, triple and RBI against the Yankees. I jokingly used the hashtag #NolanWho and quickly received a few annoyed responses from the Nolan Reimold fan club of Baltimore.
Nothing against Reimold, I was just excited to see what the 22-year-old could do at the big league level.
I’ve quickly become known as the guy that doesn’t like Reimold, but that’s neither a fair or true analysis of my thoughts on the Orioles left fielder. I don’t dislike him, I enjoy watching him play, I just don’t think he’s proven enough to believe he’s a legitimate big leaguer.
One of my most recent fond memories of watching the Birds live at Camden Yards was Nolan Reimold’s walkoff home run against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 27, 2009. I was at the Yard with my dad during the middle of the week for a day game when Reimold delivered the game-winner in the 11th inning. It was a cool moment to witness from the third baseline as Reimold rounded the bag and headed to home for the mobbing he was about to receive from his teammates.
But that was 2009 and I haven’t seen enough from Reimold over the past two-plus seasons to prove that he’s a real-deal big leaguer.
So I thought that in order to defend my point I would look back at Reimold’s career in Baltimore and justify my opinion. Here’s a timeline of Reimold’s career in Baltimore to date:
My opinion and point with Reimold’s career, is that he’s proven that he can provide some pop in the Orioles lineup, but hasn’t shown he can stay healthy enough to hold onto a spot. At 28-years-old, time is running out.
I’ve been asked if I think Reimold could become a Jayson Werth type player, who showed everyone that he could live up to expectations long after his time in Baltimore. My opinion is that his path will probably be closer to that of Lou Montanez, another former prospect whose career was plagued by inconvenient injuries.
As I’ve said here on BSR, on our podcast and numerous times on Twitter, I want to be wrong about Reimold. I hope that he stays healthy from here on out and shows that he can be the 40 home run hitter that Rick Dempsey says he can be. But I can’t keep justifying putting an injury plagued 28-year-old in left field when the 22-year-old could be getting big league experience.