Who earned a passing grade for the Baltimore Orioles? Who failed their 2019 test? We graded each player who appeared in significant games for the Orioles this season.
It’s been over a week since the Baltimore Orioles last played a baseball game and while I miss watching our beloved O’s on a nightly basis, the break has been enjoyable and filled with high-quality playoff baseball. My only real rooting interest in this year’s playoff is anyone but the Yankees, but I have enjoyed the dominant pitching, thus far. We didn’t get to see a lot of that in Birdland this year.
Now that we are a few days removed from the regular season, it’s a good time to take a quick look back through the roster and hand out some grades for 2019 performances. The Orioles may have won just 54 games this season, but we’re handing out a good bit of passing grades to individual players.
A former educator myself, I went back into that role to provide grades for each player who appeared in significant games for the Orioles in 2019. You won’t see players like Sean Gilmartin or Jesus Sucre here, just players who made a major impact this season (both good and bad) or figure to play important roles in 2020.
Overall statistics are a major factor in determining each player’s final grade, but we also considered what their role on the team was, how they performed vs expectations going into the season, and the potential to make this team better in 2020. You may see a high grade for a player or two who didn’t post major league-leading numbers, but that could be because they were expected to be minor leaguers/bench players in 2019, but became significant contributors.
Disagree with any of the following grades? Provide your own in the comments below! This exercise is for entertainment purposes only.