What the Orioles and Showalter need to do to compete in 2012 will be to upgrade the rotation. Overall Baltimore’s starting pitchers are young and last year many hit walls and regressed or were injured. They might not be better than their 69 win record last year, though they were still .500 as late as May 26th, because of their inexperience and inconsistent play but they are moving in the right direction. A strength going forward is they are still a relatively young team, still looking to the future. Their team goal is player development and injury prevention. The losses of Luke Scott and Vlad should be no consequence to their W/L record. With their obvious weaknesses this year the AL East will eat them alive again.
Robert Andino 2B-3B-SS
Andino is another super sub with multi-position eligibility. With the loss of Vlad and Luke Scott that opens up DH for Chris Davis thus leaving 3B open for Andino and if the often injured Brian Robert doesn’t return he has the 2B job all to himself. Andino is not going to wow anyone with all the counting numbers needed for fantasy but he is a better option for your MI than most out there with a late round pick. He is the player I love to own in daily leagues purely due to his multi-position eligibility. When he gets the nod he will bat lead-off in Baltimore and produce decent numbers in Runs and SB. He is just a great very late round pick to bolster your bench. My projections are: 66R 8HR 60RBI 18SB .272
Brian Roberts 2B
With his concussion related headaches still lingering he hasn’t started any hitting drills to date. With only a month until spring training and him missing significant time over the last 2 years, his days are numbered. Father time has caught him and is dragging him into early retirement at age 34. With only 393 ABs over the last 2 seasons Roberts is of no value this year baseball wise or Fantasy and should actually be traded to any team that would take him. Not worth a draft pick and may only get 200ABs this season just to showcase him for a trade at the deadline.