Baltimore Orioles: August 2015 Top Seven Players

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Aug 22, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles catcher Steve Clevenger (45) scores on a hit by left fielder Henry Urrutia (not pictured) single during the second inning against the Minnesota Twins at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Clevenger – #1

Make no mistake about it, Steve Clevenger can hit the baseball.

In four games early in the season, Clevenger was 5-for-11 with a double. Then at AAA Norfolk he had a great season, hitting .305 in 75 games.

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Since rejoining the Orioles on August 15th, Clevenger played in 10 games and hit .333 on 11-for-33 with 8 RBIs. Most of those games were as a designated hitter. If you annualized those numbers, he would have 16 home runs, 48 doubles, and 128 RBIs.

I don’t see any reason to not include Clevenger significantly in plans for 2016. He can be a back-up catcher and first baseman, while also being a primary designated hitter against right-handed pitching. I for one am ready to see the Orioles move on from Matt Wieters and use those dollars for other needs. Caleb Joseph is more than adequate defensively, and some will say he is now even better.

2016 … may it come soon.

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