Nolan Reimold‘s baseball career has been filled with hills and valleys since he made his Major League Baseball debut back in 2009. It seems as though right when he is primed for greatness, a huge road block presents itself.
In his first season, Reimold showed a lot of promise for the Baltimore Orioles, hitting .279 with 15 home runs and 45 runs batted in with 18 doubles in over 400 plate appearances. In his follow up to that successful season, he hit .207 and his struggles at the plate resulted in a demotion to Triple-A Norfolk, where he struggled for several months as well. In 2011, Reimold got another shot in the big leagues and his numbers compared to his 2009 season as he hit 13 home runs and knocked in 45 runs.
As last season was approaching, Reimold seemed poised for a full-time gig in the outfield after platooning with Felix Pie in seasons past. With Pie out of the picture, Reimold had a great spring and it carried into April. Before a season-ending injury, the young outfielder was hitting .313 with five home runs and 10 runs batted in. He was certainly on a tear.
The 2013 season is an opportunity for Reimold to shine once again and he will need to do just that after the Orioles signed Nate McLouth for another year. It will be a battle between those two to see who joins outfielders Adam Jones and Nick Markakis on opening day. In no way would it be a surprise if this becomes a platoon situation once again, considering manager Buck Showalter has done this in season’s past. Nolan Reimold will be healthy and ready regardless of the situation.