No. 7: The men in the middle

The Orioles led the major leagues with three Gold Glove winners on defense last year, and they did it at three of the all-important middle-defense positions. J.J. Hardy has been one of the most consistent shortstops in the league since he showed up in Baltimore and both Matt Wieters and Adam Jones still appear to have significant untapped upside. Brian Roberts may or may not end up rounding out the middle defense, but the Orioles also figure to be solid defensively at second base with speedy newcomer Alexi Casilla.

( The Baltimore Sun / January 19, 2013 )

The Orioles led the major leagues with three Gold Glove winners on defense last year, and they did it at three of the all-important middle-defense positions. J.J. Hardy has been one of the most consistent shortstops in the league since he showed up in Baltimore and both Matt Wieters and Adam Jones still appear to have significant untapped upside. Brian Roberts may or may not end up rounding out the middle defense, but the Orioles also figure to be solid defensively at second base with speedy newcomer Alexi Casilla.

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Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for decades. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer.

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