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Orioles midseason report card

Midseason grades for the Orioles' players were posted as a photo gallery earlier today. If you're not inclined to browse the photos, here's a text-only version of the report card.INFIELDERS

Player, Key stat, Grade, Skinny

Robert Andino, 59 starts, C, With Brian Roberts and Cesar Izturis out for extended stretches, the Orioles have had to rely on Andino more than expected.

J.J. Hardy, 13 HRs, A-, Providing a jolt to the lineup and Gold Glove defense at short, Hardy has been the Orioles’ best offseason addition.

Derrek Lee, .127 with RISP, D, The first baseman has done exactly as the Orioles had hoped in terms of leadership and defense but hasn’t hit with any consistency.

Mark Reynolds, 20 errors, C+, The Orioles were prepared for his strikeouts, but his errors have diminished some of the good things the third baseman has done offensively.

Brian Roberts, 39 games, Inc., Concussion symptoms forced the second baseman to the sideline for much of the first half and left the team in a bind for the second straight year.


Player, Key stat, Grade, Skinny

Adam Jones, 49 RBIs, B, Still not a finished product, the center fielder has played hard and made steady improvements on offense and defense.

Nick Markakis, 11 doubles, C-, Lack of power remains a concern, though the right fielder at least started piling up hits to close an uneven first half.

Felix Pie, .223 avg., D, Pie hasn’t received many opportunities and certainly hasn’t done much with the ones he has had.

Nolan Reimold, 70 at-bats, C, He wasn’t tearing it up at Triple-A Norfolk but got a promotion anyway and has rewarded the club with a couple of big games.

Luke Scott, 22 RBIs, D, He has been hampered all season by a bad shoulder, and his availability for the second half is very much in doubt.


Player, Key stat, Grade, Skinny

Vladimir Guerrero, 7 HRs, D, The potential Hall of Famer’s first half has done little to silence questions about how much he has left in the tank.


Player, Key stat, Grade, Skinny

Matt Wieters, 24 caught stealing, B, The All-Star has emerged as one of the best defensive catchers in baseball and done enough offensively to keep critics at bay.


Player, Key stat, Grade, Skinny

Jake Arrieta, 9 wins, C, Walks have been the biggest issue for the righty, who leads the staff in wins and has made progress in his first full season.

Zach Britton, 18 starts, B-, Recent struggles and a demotion have done little to temper the organization’s enthusiasm about the rookie lefty’s potential.

Jeremy Guthrie, 12 losses, C, The hard-luck righty is at it again, eating innings and compiling a respectable ERA but finding ways to lose.

Chris Jakubauskas, 6 starts, D, The first couple of starts were serviceable, but the righty has been mostly overmatched during his trial run in the rotation.

Brian Matusz, 8.77 ERA, F, If the lefty isn’t injured — and he insists he’s not —his regression has to be the organization’s biggest concern in 2011.

Chris Tillman, 4.69 ERA, D, It has been more of the same for the righty, who falls short in velocity and command, and has failed to take the next step.


Player, Key stat, Grade, Skinny

Jeremy Accardo, 5.29 ERA, D, The free-agent acquisition lived a charmed life for a while before line drives starting finding gaps and the righty was designated for assignment.

Brad Bergesen, 5.65 ERA, D, It has been a battle to find consistency or rhythm, and it appears the sinkerballing righty will be in the bullpen going forward.

Jason Berken, 25 games, C-, The righty started the season in the bullpen, became a starter in Triple-A and now is back in the Orioles’ bullpen with mixed results.

Michael Gonzalez, 7 HRs allowed, F, The enigmatic lefty has pitched a little better lately, but the fact remains that the $6 million man has been used mostly in mop-up duty.

Kevin Gregg, 4 blown saves, C+, The closer has been pretty much what the Orioles expected, but three of the righty’s blown saves have started or extended losing streaks.

Jim Johnson, 52 1/3 innings, B+, After an injury-marred 2010, the righty’s return to being a reliable setup man has been one of the first half’s biggest positives.

Alfredo Simon, 4.85 ERA, C, The Orioles weren’t counting on the righty at all this year because of his legal troubles, but they’ve needed his versatility.

Koji Uehara, 2.03 ERA, A-, Other than being a little home run prone, the righty has exceeded all expectations with his effectiveness and durability.

NOTES: Grades are based on performance relative to each individual’s role on the Orioles’ roster. They are not intended to rate players in relation to one another or to other teams. Only players with 50 or more at-bats and pitchers with 20 or more innings were graded. Inc.—incomplete

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