Up until the last few seasons, the Baltimore Orioles‘ second base position had been locked up by Brian Roberts. But due to injuries, Roberts has not been able to consistently perform these past few years. Following the 2012 season, the Orioles went out and signed Alexi Casilla to provide some insurance in case Roberts is not back to full health in 2013.
The Orioles are anxious for Roberts to return to his rightful spot in the lineup and hopefully return to his original form at the plate and on defense. This spring, Roberts has been doing exceptionally well, considering the past few seasons away from consistent playing time.
Through 12 games, the 35-year old is batting .361 with just three strikeouts in 36 at-bats to go along with 1 HR and 4 RBIs. He even has racked up three SB, which is a great sign for a guy coming off a history of concussions.
If Roberts gets hurt, Casilla is the likely candidate to take over every day duty at 2B.
The former long-time Minnesota Twin is a great source of speed that will be welcomed with open arms, considering the Orioles were dead last in stolen bases last season. He was the second-most efficient base-stealer in 2012, as he was only caught stealing once in 22 attempts. He is not a great source of power, but then again not many second baseman are these days.
Second base is often an underrated position in baseball, but a guy that can carry a decent bat and a great glove can add a dynamic force to any team. If Roberts can stay healthy and return to his previous form, then the Orioles will turn heads once again in 2013.