Baltimore Orioles: September 2015 Top Seven O’s Players

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Sep 27, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) turns a double play as Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) slides during the sixth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

#7 – Manny Machado

It was a difficult call to put Machado ahead of three other players — Nolan Reimold, Matt Wieters, Jonathan Schoop — for this final position in the monthly top seven countdown list.

Nolan Reimold had a decent month of September once he was able to play with more consistency. Though his average was just .254, his on base percentage was a much better .364, most often at the top of the order. He also had three home runs and 10 RBIs.

Matt Wieters hit for a better percentage than might be recalled — .283. His OBP was also very good at .361, while also hitting three home runs in 15 games. Wieters’ full recovery from elbow surgery is probably going to be just a bit too late to have made a significant contribution.

Jonathan Schoop has been a regular on this list since coming back from early season knee problems. He hit six doubles and five home runs in the month, though that only accounted for nine RBIs in 27 games. Schoop’s BA/OBP was .255/.275.

But Machado had just a bit of an edge over these other three players. In his 27 games he batted only .253, but with 16 walks had an on base percentage of .364.  Manny has hit for power over the entire year, going deep five times in September (not to mention twice more already in October).  It has been an outstanding season, as Machado has played in every game and established himself as one of the premiere athletes in the sport.

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