Orioles: The Postmortem on Preseason Predictions – Position Players

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Sep 11, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles outfielder

Nolan Reimold

(14) high fives teammates after beating the Kansas City Royals 14-8 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

As we began yesterday with a three-part series of looking back at preseason predictions here on The Baltimore Wire, we’ll continue today by seeing how we did with projecting the performance of position players. It was a mixed bag yesterday on the pitchers, and that will be true again today.

As a quick summary, here are some comparative numbers in six offensive categories as to where the Orioles ranked in the American League over the past two years …

Year HRs Avg OBP Slugging Runs/G SB
2014 211-1st .256-5th .311-11th .422-2nd 4.35-6th 44-15th
2015 217-3rd .250-11th .307-12th .421-4th 4.40-7th 44-15th

So in our review this year, we are talking about the three categories of the good, the bad, and the ugly (in terms of prediction accuracy) — beginning with infielders, outfielders, and catchers by clicking through the following three pages.

Next: Glad to underestimate one player by a good bit …