Everyday on BSR we take a look at a different Oriole’s numbers from last season and set goals for them this year. Today we take a look at the Bird’s left fielder/designated hitter Luke Scott. In the off season Scott signed a one-year 2.4 million dollar deal and he will most likely start the 2009 season as the O’s full time DH.

LukePhoto from the Baltimore Sun

2008 numbers

 G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA
148  475   67  122  29  2  23   65   2  2  53 102  .257

2009 projections

 G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA
152  486   79  134  32  1  27   74   2  1  81 74  .275

Assuming that Scott will be the Orioles starting DH, I would think that you would see him playing in at least four more games than last season, which would give him a few more at bats. With his focus set only on hitting, expect Luke to hit a few more balls in the gap and four or five more homeruns. With that focus I would expect him to to walk substantially more and strike out less.

While he won’t get as many at bats as someone near the top of the order, Luke’s bat will play an important part for the Orioles this season. For Scott to have a good season his average and power hitting numbers must improve, he must drive a few more guys in, and he should hit a few more homers than last season.

Also check out…